Playing With Space: Making the Most of a One-bedroom Apartment
As populations increase and towns and cities spread, the availability of houses decreases or they simply become unaffordable, which means more and more people are choosing to live in flats or apartments. However, these places can be quite limited for room so it makes sense to make the best use of all available space.
There is a positive side to living spaces becoming smaller, which is that architects and designers are having to create ever more clever ways to build, leading to innovative techniques and smart storage options to maximise on space. And let’s face it, when it comes to storage, you can never have too much, especially if you have plans for your family to grow.
Easy on the eye
It is important in smaller homes to beware of overpowering the senses by cluttering the space. For this reason, minimalist interior decorating styles are a good choice for small homes. To give a feeling of light and space, use light colours, such as whites, creams, and greys on the walls. Avoid dark colours as these make rooms feel smaller. A common interior designer’s trick to give the illusion of space is to place a large mirror on one major wall. This reflects the light and opens the room up.
Do not overload a room with unnecessary furniture, and make sure the pieces you do have fit the size of the room. Try to choose pieces that have dual functions. For example, a media unit should not only provide a space for your television, DVD player and satellite box, but also needs spaces for DVD cases and remote controls to help keep the living room tidy.
Think clever, not smaller
However, just because your rooms are small, it does not mean that you have to think small all the time. You can have some key statement pieces that you may think are too large, but actually help in other areas. For example, in the bedroom you can have an impactful wooden bed frame that makes no compromise on luxury or comfort, and which has room beneath it to take storage bags. Or a large wardrobe that can hold all of your clothes, not just the ones for the current season, obviating the need to store excess clothing elsewhere.
Alternatively, you can consider the materials the furniture is made of. Wood and metal make quite a visual impact and are, therefore, impossible to miss, but a coffee table made of glass will appear less substantial and help a room to appear larger.
On the vertical
In small flats, space is at a premium, but often a lot of usable areas go to waste simply because they are on the vertical, such as the space over a door, which can be utilised with shelving that can hold a fair number of books. Always take advantage of nooks and crannies in this way. With a few clever tricks such as these, small rooms can appear larger yet remain cosy. But with any interior, large or small, the best advice is to avoid clutter, which can cause a room to appear untidy and simply too busy.
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