When it comes to design, space is the first consideration before a theme is selected or styles are incorporated. It is believed that many themes are unachievable if space is restricted or limited in any way when in fact interior design elements can be incorporated regardless of space. In fact clever design tactics can appear to increase the size of a room. Some trends are better suited to a bigger room, yet when it comes to working with a smaller space most designs can simply be scaled down or altered slightly to make them work better.
One of the most important things to remember is that functionality and practicality must be at the forefront of design and when it comes to the essential items such as a fan heater, an air conditioning unit or a vital piece of technology, the design considerations must adapt, this is an important consideration when limited space is already an issue.
When it comes to implementing the chosen design, the thought process needs to be based around the sizing of the area that is being transformed and elements need to be considered that will in fact enhance the look of the space. Dark colours for instance can make a small room seem smaller whilst too much furniture can create a feeling of chaos – it is important to get the balance just right.
Interior designers are conscious of the fact that spaces come in all shapes and sizes, and so they have a number of clever methods that trick people into thinking a space is far bigger than it actually is…
Light Means Bright
Light colours create an illusion that where the room appears significantly bigger than it really is. A brighter space is often far more enjoyable and relaxing.
A small room does not have to be decorated in plain tones, consider designing the space in complimentary colours such as beige and brown or red and gold for instance, provided the lighter shades are dominant. Do not be afraid to add hints of bold and vibrant colours to make a room pop.
Regardless of the room, think about the size of the furniture that is to be included in the space. Consider a princess bed rather than a double for limited bedroom space or a 2-seater sofa rather than a 3-seater. Some of the most beautiful pieces of furniture come in smaller, compact sizes.
Focus on Flooring
The tone of the flooring has a direct impact on the overall look of the room, and is something that is often forgotten. A dark floor will make for a dark room whereas keeping the shades neutral and light will open up the entire space.
Lighting is Key
The type of lighting used and the way it is positioned can have a positive impact on the look of the room, not only does it create ambience but it also opens up the space. Natural light is also important, and windows should not be blocked or sheltered in any way which prevents natural light from pouring in.
Making the most of the space you have with clever storage will open up the room and prevent clutter from building up. Consider wall storage if space if really restricted.
Regardless of the space that is being designed, style can have a big impact if it is done right and considering space and size restrictions and working around them can result in a beautifully stylish room that appears far larger than it really is.
This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson. Follow her on Twitter: @katht35