You know that feeling when you walk into a tiny space and you instantly love it? Size becomes irrelevant when good design principles are applied. City dwellers, have no regrets for your missing square metres; follow our 10-point checklist and you will transform your tiny space.
- GO LIGHT, GO NEUTRAL
Lighter tones and neutrals will brighten and visually enlarge your space especially if it’s rarely bathed in natural sunlight. With over thousands of shades of neutrals and whites on the market you will find the one that’s just right for your tiny space.
Mirrors are the ultimate optical illusion for a tiny space. Use a vignette of mirrors to reflect the available light in your home, and if your budget allows why not create an entire mirror wall, just like you would with wallpaper but using large mirror panels instead; these can be custom measured and installed for you.
- USE EVERY INCH OF SPACE
Maximise your storage capacity and use clever under-bed storage. Why take up space in your wardrobe with seasonal clothing you wont wear? Bulky puffer jackets and thick woollen scarves can be tucked away nicely during summer, allowing your wardrobe some extra breathing space for the current season.
Knick-knacks are distracting to the eye and disrupt the flow of your home. Where possible, aim to keep your flat surfaces clear. Too many accessories that don’t work in harmony will eventually deplete the energy in your space. Go commando and get rid of any decorative bits and pieces you no longer love. Attachment to older stuff can be stifling, so purge with confidence!
- ELEVATE AND FEEL THE FLOW
Opt for shelving, buffets and units that can be wall mounted rather than placed on your floor. This enables the visual continuity of your flooring and makes a big difference in the perception of space.
- GO SEE THROUGH AND TRANSPARENT
Tiny living room? Swap your wooden coffee table for a glass one. Small dining room? Keep your dining table as the feature and opt for ghost chairs, which are elegant, impressive and will give you that extra visual flow without the heaviness.
- USE YOUR CEILING
Bedrooms, especially in townhouses and apartments are becoming much smaller. Instead of using conventional bedside lamps, which can be bulky, create the extra illusion of space by hanging long pendants from your ceiling. If you’re adding curtains, make sure they are measured and installed from the ceiling and not the height of your window frame.
- TRANSFORM YOUR CORNERS
Even though they are often overlooked and thought of as challenging, corners can be functional and look impressive in a tiny space. An empty corner can become your photo feature wall, your reading nook, or even your new home office!
- BRING THE OUTDOORS IN
No garden? No problem. Bring the outdoors in and magnify the visual impact of a bare wall with a vertical garden that will add dimension and look lush and green with minimal effort.
- USE LARGE ARTWORK
The impact of a large piece of artwork creates the perfect illusion, making your tiny space seem significantly larger. Choose artwork that features bold patterns, with hues that compliment your existing colour palette whilst introducing a subtle pop of accent colour.
No matter how tiny, there are always solutions that will help you maximise your interiors; what’s more important is not the size, but loving the space you’re in!