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Lifestyle Small but


Some of the best things come in small packages and this can also be translated into interior design. Living in a small space does not mean you have to compromise on the design and decor. In fact, there are a number of clever and innovative ways to make what may have become a cramped and cluttered space seem like an expansive, airy and blissful retreat. For landlords, the following tips could also help increase your yield and make your house or apartment more appealing, particularly to those wanting the lifestyle choice to suit their image.


MAKING THE MOST OF SPACE


When you enter a room, if your eye is automatically drawn to the next, your brain is tricked into the illusion of more space. Therefore, it is important to create as much physical space as possible. By removing unnecessary walls and doors and even making the bathroom smaller you can easily create more living or sleeping space. However, be aware of structural and load bearing issues and before you start looking for that sledge hammer, do consult a professional. Optimising space in kitchens and bathrooms can be achieved by consulting a professional design & build company – some offer a free design service even if you choose not to use their products. To give an element of privacy, less permanent divisions like portiere


curtains or portable screens are great solutions. Sheers and voiles can be strategically placed within studio apartments or open plan living spaces, to give privacy without impacting on light or flow. They generate romance and intrigue without compromising those precious square inches.


The easiest way to create space is with mirrors. By using large


perfectly formed


Emma Smith comes up with some clever ideas to avoid clutter and make small flats seem larger


mirrors or a group of smaller ones, immediately both natural and artificial light are reflected to give a more spacious and airy feel. Have mirrors facing each other on opposite walls for the most dramatic space enhancer. Mirrors are available in every conceivable size, colour, and style to suit all budgets. Home stores like The Range and Dunelm Mills have large wooden framed mirrors available at budget prices. They can be painted, gilded or customised for a more individual and upmarket finish.


COLOUR & TEXTURE


Dark, rich colours create cosiness and drama so the opposite is required to create an open and airy feel. A monochromatic palette of whites and neutrals will give an immediate feeling of space. Using different textures such as linens, velvets and silks will add depth to the scheme without compromising on the feeling of space. It is essential to have continuity of colour and texture throughout to enhance the feeling of flow. Rooms which are visually connected appear larger. Steer away from too much pattern as this can make a room seem smaller. The same flooring throughout, whether it be wood, carpet, tiles or laminate will help enhance the illusion of space.


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