11 ways to totally transform a tiny space

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  • From organisation solutions to clever decorating tricks, if you're short on space take a look at these stylish ideas.

    Not every home is blessed with a vast open-plan space but, if your room is on the small side, there’s plenty to feel positive about. We’ve got a wealth of ideas to help you get the very best out of your space.

    1. Utilise storage space

    No space to swing a cat? Don’t fret! To avoid cluttering the
    worktops, plenty of cupboards, cubbyholes and drawers have been built
    into this U-shaped kitchen
    design. Keep materials simple. We would recommend a maximum of three
    finishes in a small kitchen, which allows you to zone areas, create
    features and let other sections blend into the background.

    2. Under the eaves

    Save space by choosing smart storage solutions, such as
    under-the-bed boxes or built in shelving units. If you are renovating an
    attic, slot the bed under the sloping roof to make room for more
    furniture. Create depth with textured soft furnishings, warm colours and
    personal touches to give the room a homely touch.

    3. Zone off a corner

    More and more people are working from home these days, but
    that doesn’t mean you should clutter your dining room table with
    invoices. Creating a work area in a corner of your living or bedroom is a
    great way to make the most of other under-used space. Choose your favourite wallpaper to create a distinctive zone, and
    add a personal touch with artwork, flowers and anything else you may
    need to spark your creativity.

     

    4. Use small-sized prints

    Have fun with mixing up classic pattern, such as florals and
    stripes. Just be sure to choose fabrics and papers in co-ordinating
    colours to keep the look cohesive, and stick to small-sized prints so
    the space is not overwhelmed by pattern. A two-seater sofa with low arms
    is a trim option for a compact living room. Choose seating with legs so more of the floor can be seen – this will make the room appear bigger.

    5. Hang it high

    Limited floor space in the hallway
    means having to use your imagination when thinking about storage.
    Floating fittings visually max the space, as more of the floor can be
    seen, and make cleaning a breeze. A selection of wicker baskets and
    wooden storage is a smart alternative to a cupboard or a chest of
    drawers and makes a great place to store smaller items that you’d
    otherwise be rushing around to find in the morning.

    6. Make a lasting impression

    Even a bijou bathroom
    can offer a spa style experience. If you’re in a quandary over how to
    decorate your small space, just keep it simple with soft, natural
    shades. Choose furniture and accessories with clean lines and keep
    surfaces as clutter-free as possible to create a feeling of space.

    7. Think about mirrors

    Even a small space can be made to feel larger with the use of mirrors. Not only do they reflect light around the room, but if you place a mirror on the opposite wall to a window, it will double the feeling of space.

    8. Choose compact creations

    Just because you have a small space doesn’t mean you can’t go for statement furniture. Here, a tiny slipper bath fits into this bathroom alcove perfectly. Although it may be costly, it’s worth thinking about having bespoke items made to fit into your compact space – it’ll mean you won’t have to compromise on style!

    9. Bring your shelving to life

    Utilise your wall space with different shelving options. Here, floating shelves have been fitted into the area around the chimney breast – maximising space in this compact living room. Paint the wall behind your shelves in a vibrant shade. It’ll add plenty of personality and liven up a simple storage area.

    10. Divide it up

    Use a screen to create privacy and divide up the space in your room. This works particularly well in a studio apartment where you can separate off the living room ‘area’ from the bedroom ‘area’. Alternatively, place in a corner of your bedroom to create a dedicated dressing area.

    11. Go for clever storage

    Think outside the box when it comes to storage. Here, a partition wall has been added to create a large closet area complete with shelving, shoe racks and drawers – making best use of every inch of space.

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