Many of us live in urban spaces that are cramped for space. Space is a luxury. Hence we have to do the best we can with it.
If you are even somewhat familiar with living in New York or a similar large metropolis, then you would know about both the charm and also the challenges that small spaces provide. When it is done properly and is done well, these small spaces and apartments can like zen-like, cozy retreats. However, when it is time for you to cramp all the belongings that you have into that very small space, it can feel very overwhelming and living in that space can feel cramped, claustrophobic and just not comfortable. To achieve the former in the space of the latter, it takes some conscious effort on the part of the homeowner. He or she needs to be aware of what they are doing, how they are doing it and why they are doing it. All of these small decisions will come into play when designing a space that is small.
The news that you will no doubt be glad to hear is that, yes smaller living spaces can be made into comfortable living spaces and homes. It really comes down to three simple concepts and they are scale, light and movement. Let us take a closer look at the whole thing.
Scale it down
When you are getting furniture for spaces that happen to be small, remember that it is all about proportions. To put it simply and terms most people will understand, if there is a piece that brushes up against any boundaries of the room you are designing, then it is just simply too large. In order to create a sense of space and roominess, you will do well to always leave a bit of air in between the sides of the furniture and the walls that you have. One exception that can be made is with the bed. For example, if you were to place a queen in between two walls, it will create a cozy sleeping space.
Also make sure to avoid pieces that are heavy and weighty and those that eat up a bit too much of the usable space within the room. For instance, instead of a luxury big sofa, you can get a chair or a sofa that is sleek and it will serve the same function but you will be saving a lot more space as well. If you absolutely must need to have a large piece that will make a statement, you should put it up on the walls. Make sure that you do not consume too much valuable living space by putting the whole thing on the floor.
Try Keeping a Low Profile
When you have furniture that is lower to the ground, then you can create a feeling of openness in a room. This is simply due to the fact that they leave much more space above them. If you happen to be designing your bedroom for example, you can try a lofty bed or you can even try placing a mattress right on the floor. When dealing with the living room, you should try out furniture that is a bit more low-to-the-ground. If you happen to be more of a fan of romantic and ornate, then you can go for 19th century furniture as well. They also have a low profile.
Mirrors and Some More Mirrors
Whenever you are having a discussion of designing small spaces, then you must include in your plans some ideas to use mirrors in order to create a much greater sense of openness. They not only reflect light, they can also reflect the view that they are provided. This allows them to have the very real potential of tricking the eyes into thinking there is more space than there actually is.
Use Larger Tiles
Due to the fact that the grout lines are thinner and also fewer with being part of the layout, smaller rooms tend to look bigger when you use larger tiles. Tiles of the large-format variety can make floors look a lot more streamlined- therefore, it will create the illusion of having more space. If you are also thinking of incorporating wall tiles in your smaller rooms too, then you should consider a tile that is proportional to the size of the room that you are decorating.
Make sure that you understand that wall tiles are meant to complement the tiles on the floor and as such, should never be larger than the tiles that are on the floor. If you use wall tiles that are larger than floor tiles, then you will upset the balance and also the proportional look that the room has.
Get Rid of Drapes and Curtains
Just as we saw with mirrors, the idea really is all about tricking the eye. What curtains do, and they happen to do it very well is that they stop our eyes from taking in the view that is outside. This is true even if they don’t cover the entirety of the window. Also, these are all just extra stuff that you have to contend with when you are designing your rooms. When you get rid of curtains, it will make the room look much more simple. If you need privacy and you just have to get curtains, make sure that you use a bar that extends far beyond the window so that you can remove the curtains completely when there is need for that.