Small is beautiful!
In New Zealand we are spoilt for space compared to other countries around the world. However urban apartment living, and alternative housing solutions are on the rise, so here are some tips on how to make your small space beautiful.
1. Light and bright
Keep the walls, ceilings and flooring light. A fresh coat of a warm white paint will do wonders to your small space. Keep it cohesive and use a low contrast colour scheme throughout the home.
2. Make every piece count
Choose furnishings that have maximum functionality and minimum foot print. Consider the functionality and choose pieces that can have a multifunction element. Such as a table that can be used as a desk but also double as a dining table at night. Or choose two small side tables opposed to one bigger coffee table for the living area.
3. Bespoke storage solutions
Use every inch of the space in the most practical way. Having custom storage solutions built-in will be the best investment you will make. Storage is a hugely important element in any home but when it comes to small spaces you need to be creative and custom storage is the way to do that. You won’t regret it.
4. Floor planning
This is something that is constantly underestimated. A good well thought out floorplan will always save you time and money. Too often people fall in love with a piece of furniture that is set up beautifully in a showroom, but once they get it home it just doesn’t work. We all have the tendency to underestimate the size of furniture and pick out items that are too large for the space. TIP: Use newspaper to layout the exact footprint of the item in your home before purchasing it. This will give you a feel for how much space that corner lounge suite is really going to take up.
Most of all, personalise the space to how you and your family live and don’t be afraid to be bold.
Rebecca O’Fee - O'Fee Interiors