Innovative interiors – small is beautiful

March 13 15:14 2014 Print This Article

interiorsA lack of affordable housing combined with an uncertain economic outlook has resulted in the housing market remaining sluggish over the last few years. Many people have struggled to get on the property ladder at all but even those that have managed to buy a home may be facing difficulties if their family has expanded. Outgrowing their existing home but unable to buy anything bigger, they need to be creative about how they use their space. Even a generous budget may not be enough in London. It was recently reported that the smallest million-pound home in Britain has just gone on the market, with less space than the average underground carriage. So how can you make the most of your small space?

Lighten up
You may not be able to alter the size of your home but you can change how big it feels. Removing interior walls to create one open-plan living area can make the room seem larger and often allows for more efficient use of space. If you must have partitions, frosted glass or Perspex allow maximum light flow. Adding in extra windows or skylights to make the room as light as possible and painting the entire space in a pale neutral shade will also stop the space feeling cramped. Skylights can be kind of tricky to install so you’ll definitely want to hire a company like Long Island Roofing who knows what they’re doing.

Smart storage
Excessive clutter is one of the fastest ways to make a small space feel even more confined. Vertical storage such as racks or tall bookcases are ideal because they don’t take up much of your precious floor space but there are lots of other creative solutions. Choose furniture with hidden storage to keep your rooms mess-free. Divan beds have a large cavity underneath for stowing away spare bed linen duvets and pillows. Including an ottoman in your living provides combine seating and storage. Some chairs and sofas even have storage compartments concealed in the arms which makes excellent use of this wasted space.

Multi-purpose pieces
When space is at a premium the type of furniture you include is extremely important. Pieces that incorporate additional storage are useful but you can save even more space by making your furniture work extra hard. High sleeper beds that include a desk underneath are perfect for a children’s room that’s tight for space. Sofa beds are a great innovation that can be used in your living room, study or child’s bedroom to provide extra sleeping space for overnight guests. Dining room furniture can take up a lot of space so choose pieces specially-designed to be more versatile. Drop down tables or extendable dining tables such as those from internet not only look good but can be made bigger when necessary. Stackable or folding chairs and stools can be stowed away when not in use and are a more flexible option than traditional ones.

Even if you don’t have much room to play with you can still create a stunning interior. Clever tricks to make the space seem larger combined with innovative furniture that can be used in a variety of ways will allow you to maximise your home’s potential.

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