Style Guide: Making the Most of a Smaller Living Space

Posted 20/08/2013 by BrightHouse Team

A well-decorated small living roomIt’s a fact that most people feel happier and more relaxed in a more open living space. Too much clutter can be an active cause of stress, and lack of space can leave you feeling trapped and restless. This is especially true when you have children – suddenly a perfectly sizeable house or flat can start to feel like living in a box!

We asked EVA Award-nominated designer Allyson Houghton of Ideas Interiors to offer her expert advice for making the most of a smaller living space without breaking the bank. Here’s what she came up with:

  • Plan Ahead – If you’re buying furniture such as a new sofa or bed, make sure that you measure the space you have to work with and match it to the size of the item you’re purchasing, A piece of furniture that looks small in a large store can leave you with no floor space in your own home – I’ve seen clients make this mistake so many times before I get involved!
  • Think about colour – If you’re working with a small area, keep the walls light and don’t add bold colours. Believe it or not, darker, bolder shades can really have an impact on how big a room feels. If you want to add a splash of colour, use vibrant throws, lamps and accessories instead.
  • Less is more – If you’re thinking of adding a bold design feature to a room, don’t do it on the same wall that backs your TV – if you do, when watching TV you’ll find yourself focusing on the background and not on the programme you’re trying to watch – very distracting!
  • Work with your windows – Bigger windows let in more light and make a room feel more spacious. If you have a smaller window in your room, extend the width of the curtain rail so that your curtains sit beyond the edges of the pane  when pulled open. This lets in more light and reduces shadows that can make a room feel stuffy. Alternatively, ditch the curtains altogether in favour of blinds.
  • Don’t draw attention to the ceiling – If you have a low ceiling, don’t be tempted to paint in any contrasting colours – keep it simple in white or cream. Just like walls, darker or bolder shades on your ceiling will give the impression that it’s lower than it actually is.
  • Keep flooring simple – Smaller rooms should have plain, simple flooring. This goes for carpets too, save bold designs and intricate patterns for larger rooms. A simple, low-key wooden flooring or plain carpet will really open up your floor space.

Don’t forget that here at BrightHouse we can supply all of your furniture needs as well as getting you fully kitted out with essential kitchen appliance , including full measurements to help you to get the perfect fit for your home. Download a copy of our summer catalogue to take a look at all of the many products we can offer, all available for fantastic low weekly payments.

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