How to Make Small Spaces Look Bigger!

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Many believe that the only way to open up a room is to extend outwards, but small areas can often be made to look more spacious through tricks of light and clever storage ideas. I recently wrote about potentially getting the builders in to expand our tiny space, however, this is still in discussion with the other half. So, for now, I will be sticking to creatively playing with space I already have! Here are a few notes-to-self-ideas that will also help others open their space up more without having to get the builders in.

Lighten Up to Brighten Up

Tiny rooms and dark colours simply do not work, they make little spaces look even smaller. Instead, sport more neutral, bright tones as these are always a safe bet when trying to give the illusion of more space. Lighter tones are timeless and super adaptable like creams, beiges or even shades from the grey colour palette that match beautifully with each other. With these neutral tones, paint the coving and walls the same colour. Not only does it make the room look more spacious, it will also give the impression of higher ceilings with walls and accents seamlessly blending in together adding to that roomy feel.

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Rooms can also be made to look more spacious through placing a mirror opposite a window. Not only do you get a lovely reflection of your view, but this very image will create an illusion of another window and flood your room with light.

Put Your Windows on Show

With small spaces, it is important to think outside the box and use what you have. Windows are a fantastic example of an existing focal point – it’s just a matter of how you display it. Whether you dress it up with fancy curtains or embellish the windowsill with ornaments, sprucing up a window can alter the feel of an area dramatically. Combine these budget-friendly design tips with our previous tip of strategically placing a mirror opposite a window to give your mini spaces the ultimate facelift!

If you are going for a full upgrade for your tiny space, you could update the focal point itself. Investing in some quality uPVC windows can really transform a room. A slimline window is a recent design with thinner frames that allows more natural light to flow into an area which is perfect for brightening a smaller place. Not only that, you can also change the colour and material of the frame to compliment your surroundings. This is more of a long-term investment, however totally worth it if you are looking to save money and conserve energy in the long run as well as refreshing your home.

Space Saving Storage Solutions

Even though de-cluttering is recommended with overcrowded rooms, sometimes it is a case of having too many things you actively use and simply not enough space to store it all. Through employing some clever storage tactics and beautiful display ideas, you will be able to keep all your belongings whilst creating a beautiful interior in no time.

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This makes for a brilliant opportunity to get creative with your possessions! I have seen some fantastic and unusual ideas online lately, with awesome Ikea hacks and cupboard organisation ideas to cater for all your items. That’s right – no de-cluttering here! These helpful ideas range from shelve dividers to nifty drawer storage to fit all your bits and pieces without throwing anything away.

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Another way to maximise space and save pennies, is by asking yourself: does this piece of furniture serve a dual purpose? These multitasking items can be as simple as using a or if you are handy with tools, create stair drawers for all your shoes! These ideas aim to build on what you already have which is a fab way to save money and conserve space. If you are needing some inspiration, be sure to check out Ann Le’s YouTube video for some amazing furniture hacks as she has some fabulous and useful creations!

There are endless ways to create more space, which does not include building expensive extensions, it’s simply a matter of getting creative with what you have! I will definitely be incorporating some of these design ideas whilst I wait for my other half to signing off the building work!

Classic Ways to Spruce Up Your Home

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Summer is all about getting out in the sunshine and enjoying the environment, so why not release a breath of fresh air into your home interiors as well? Every now and again, our dwelling needs a little love and care, whether that be lick of paint or a new pair of curtains. Sprucing up your house is not just a fun and engaging prospect; a good session of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ can be very calming and refreshing for the mind too. Without further ado, read on for three classic ways to spruce up your abode this Summer!

Minimalist & Modern

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Follow the advice of iconic designer William Morris and ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’ All that Summer air clears the mind and what better time to have a look at your home with a fresh pair of eyes. Clearing the clutter that you no longer use will create more space and allow for features and accent furnishings to shine.

Remember that 2017 has seen minimalistic interiors boom, with many sticking to natural colours and textured finishes. This look often employs one colour in different shades to create depth and contrast within the space. I love browns and greys to give a nautical feel without the obvious bright blues and stripes, making this a very transitional look throughout the year.

Fabulous Focal Features

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You can create the perfect focal point whilst at the same time re-energising a room and creating conversation. You may even have a potential feature without realising! Windows and fireplaces are commonly overlooked, but accentuating these features with colours and embellishments is an affordable and easy way to develop a room’s unique style.

If you are not keen on feature walls and accent pieces, hanging art is a lovely means of bringing beauty and interest to any space. With the never-ending combinations of mediums and movements, you can find a piece that ties together your colour scheme whilst creating a wonderful centrepiece. Even better, if you don’t have time to browse local galleries, there are lots of places to buy art online whether you are looking to invest in an original painting or simply something bright to compliment what you have already.

Snug Staples

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If there’s anything that comes above style, it’s comfort and your house should not only be visually pleasing, but also a cosy place to socialise and relax after a long day. Essential furniture like beds, sofas and tables should be of long-lasting high quality. With summer here, there are plenty of summer sales to help you get your hands on some affordable yet chic furniture. Choosing new curtains for example, can give a whole room a face-lift and shelves no longer need to be boring. Box shelves and wall units are a very popular way of creating storage solutions that also act as an interesting focal point.

To sum up, your home should be a calming environment which reflects your favourite style and tastes. A healthy change to your habitat can make it an inspiring and motivating one to dwell within. Some view this as an added expense, however the quality of life, experience and added value you will gain from an interior refresh will have a positive effect on all aspects of your life.

 

Interior Design For Children’s Bedrooms

My sister and I both love interior design, but when it came to decorating my niece and nephew’s room this week, we were just going to take the generic route. As we were planning, we got to thinking; kids spend so much time in their rooms, shouldn’t their spaces get the same consideration as the rest of the house? Feeling a little sheepish we decided to approach their rooms like we would our own and focused on the following aspects:

Collecting meaningful pieces

It can be tempting to fully furnish a kid’s room all in one go, just to get it finished. We resisted this urge and started out sparse rather than cramming it full with complete sets of furniture. As with any other space, it’s worth waiting and buying high quality and beautiful pieces. These will be more meaningful and add character to a child’s environment. Although it will take a little more time, you will end up with a collection of items that will stand the test of time, as well as looking fabulous.

Maximise storage

There is a physical law that wherever children live, clutter will build up like there’s no tomorrow. The irresistible joy on their faces when they receive birthday and Christmas presents will mean an ever-growing toy collection. Not to mention them growing out of clothes and interests within months! When planning our scheme, we made sure to include lots and lots of storage solutions. Consider the following for inspiration:

  • Keep under-bed storage organised with pull-out drawers or boxes
  • Create a play-table from an old coffee table and add drawers for small toys
  • Attach crates to the walls for storage and keep them cute by wallpapering or painting the back ground
  • Make reading books a feature by placing them in open-front shelves and colour coordinating
  • Finally, Bunk beds for kids are a great way of saving space

Go neutral

If you imagine a generic child’s room it will most probably be bright with shades of pink, blue or yellow. The problem with these colour schemes, is that they are outgrown incredibly quickly. Additionally, lots of colours and patterns make a room feel smaller and more cluttered – not very relaxing. Choosing a neutral pallet will create a calm environment that feels spacious. We decided on mixing a colour palette of earthy greys teamed beautifully with and mood boosting warm yellow.

Children spend so much time playing, relaxing and sleeping in their rooms that it is so worth taking the time to plan their décor. Choosing meaningful pieces, picking a neutral palette and maximising storage will give your little one a relaxing and spacious environment with character for them to relax and be themselves in.

Do you have any tips about interior design for kids? If so, please leave a comment I’d love to hear them!

 

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