Space saving tips with Natalie Fogelstrom. West London Interior Design.
Are you facing the challenge of limited space in your home?
When you live in a small space, fitting in everything you need is difficult.
And to make it look nice at the same time is certainly a challenge.
How do you cleverly use your space, optimize storage and avoid clutter.
If you live in a small flat or have smaller rooms in your home, here are some small space saving design ideas that will improve your space and make it feel so much bigger.
First of all, light, light and more light! Always make sure you get as much light in as possible to the room. Never block out light to small spaces as this makes the room look smaller.
Use Sliding Doors
For storage and wardrobes in smaller rooms, use sliding doors. Also, an option to the door itself entering the room. This saves a lot of space and instantly gives a more open and bigger feeling to the room. Built in wardrobes also saves a lot of floor space, naturally.
Build a Partial Glass Wall
Room dividers, tear down walls, enlarge windows, swap solid doors for glass to open up views and connect adjacent spaces. This also adds a fantastic design feature to any room.
A media console is the biggest space waster in a small living room.
Mount your TV on the wall or above a fireplace and you'll regain necessary floor space.
Folding tables in a small kitchen, mounted to the wall. And same goes for a smaller balcony or little terrace space. In a bedroom for a small home office a folding table is an excellent option too.
Pieces that can serve multiple purposes are key: Find a table that can function as a desk and a dining table, get a deep sofa that can double as a guest bed, or buy cubes that serve as a coffee table and bonus seats when guests are over.
Mirrors will make your space feel larger, lighter, and airier. A mirror also adds a great feeling of a space being interior designed and adds a lot of personality to a space. And it takes up no space at all!
Neutral and light colours make a room feel more spacious. You can always play with colours in the smaller details and/ or with textures on cushions and blankets. Art on walls also plays a big role to add more life to the room.
Use bigger furniture
Using lots of small furniture in a small space gives the feeling of it actually being a smaller room. Instead use bigger large-scale pieces which creates a feeling of a grander room. The rule here is fewer but bigger. Less is more.
And a old rule is to never push furniture up against the wall. Instead create space behind the furniture as it makes the room look bigger than it is.
Exploit the often-under-utilized space between the tops of furniture and a room's ceiling with hanging or high-mounted elements. Take bookcases and cabinets all the way up — it'll make the room feel higher.
And last but not least, avoid clutter at all costs. Clear and clean surfaces and lots of storage space will instantly give your smaller spaces a lift and create the feeling of a more spacious and airy room.
If you need any free advice on interior design please give Natalie Fogelstrom a call 020 7731 6841