Just because your space is small, doesn’t mean you have to compromise functionality and style. If you have a pokey bedroom, a tiny laundry or a super small bathroom, here are a few tips and tricks from iThink Customer Service extraordinaire Lacey Burns, that you can implement to ensure you are making the most out of your space.
Decluttering is the first, and probably most important step. Small spaces can get cluttered extremely quickly, so it is super important to ensure you are only keeping items that are completely necessary or serve a particular purpose. Otherwise, the space just looks messy and it will hinder its functionality. When it comes to small areas, less truly is more so keep this in mind when styling and furnishing.
KEEP IT FRESH AND CLEAN
Using light and neutral colours is a good place to start. Incorporating lots of whites and other neutral tones fool the eye into thinking the room is more open and spacious. Too many colours, patterns and textures can make the room look busy and closed in. One other way to open the space is to incorporate mirrors, skylights, glass and any type of natural light. If you are afraid of the room becoming dull and flat, include subtle patterns and textures in items such as cushions or wall art.
One way to make the space look bigger is to utilise the height. Think vertical storage units, mounted bookcases and shelving units. These storage solutions are both functional and stylish. Vertical gardens, hanging wall storage and eclectic shelving solutions can be ways to liven up the room. Incorporate cool styling accents such as metallic bookends, vintage hardcover books, cultural pottery and finish it all off with a scented candle.
Choose furnishings that are on a smaller scale and allow air flow, for example, a couch on legs. Also, try to incorporate design trends that don’t cut into the space. Try wall cladding to replace bed headboards, daybeds that become night beds and even a table that can be converted to a desk. Don’t get too carried away with downscaling to create more space in the room, you don’t want to compromise your comfort. Australian interior stylist, Steve Cordony goes as far as to say that you should opt for larger furniture as it makes the space feel stronger and more ‘gutsy’.
It just goes to show you that sometimes good things do come in small packages. So if you have a pokey little room in your place that just seems to gather clutter, try incorporating these tips to make the most out of your space.
Information sourced from:
LACEY BURNS – CUSTOMER SERVICE
07 3202 3040