Finding it a challenge to maximize space in your small city apartment? Searching for interior tips and hacks that could help you furnish your small space without it looking too cramped and cluttered? You are in the right place! We have some practical, budget-friendly, and minimalistic décor ideas that can work wonders for small spaces.
Encourage Brightness through Large Windows
If anything can help make a small space look larger, it would be a large window. Why so? Natural light has the characteristic of making interior spaces look and feel more elegant and spacious as compared to artificial lighting.
The general rule of thumb that architects and designers work with is that the darker and dimmer a place is, the smaller the space is perceived. And vice versa is true!
Not only does it have the benefit of perceived spaciousness, naturally, illuminated spaces also bring about many other advantages:
- More comfortable and beneficial for the eyes compared to artificial lighting
- More energy efficient – less electricity required for artificial lighting or heating (saves you money in the long run!)
- Health benefits – greater levels of mental and physical clarity, better regulation of Vitamin D, improves moods and reduces stress levels
- And many more…
Here is an additional tip! When introducing or replacing windows to make a room feel larger, you can consider taller windows compared to horizontally focused ones. Anything to draw the eye upwards. This simple technique helps to trick the eye into thinking the room has a higher ceiling than it actually does.
Large Wall Mounted Frameless Mirrors
Light is crucial in making a space seem larger than it really is. So, if changing up the windows is too much a hassle for you, a simple and budget friendly solution to improve lighting in the room is by incorporating frameless mirrors.
Positioned strategically, large frameless mirrors help to reflect and bounce more natural light within a space – effectively brightening it up and making it look larger.
Going for a minimalist look and large framed mirrors do not suit your interior design? Not to worry, there is a huge variety of frameless wall mirrors in all shapes and sizes out there – you are bound to be able to find one that fits your space.
From arch wall mirrors that total suit the modern Instagram aesthetic, to the popular round wall mirror for the bathroom.
Laminated Glass Stairs
Apart from mirrors, incorporating more glass elements in your interior design is also helpful in maintaining a luminous environment. Now, here is a tip that may not have crossed your mind before.
Traditionally, staircases tend to take up a lot of space and (in some cases) may even block out sources of natural light. However, with the advancement of technology, glass stairs are now an option for an eye-catching and illuminating element in the home. Yes, you read that right – glass stairs. From straight to spiral staircases, you now can have them made entirely of glass – triple laminated glass that is. And with the choice of non-slip treatments, they can be as safe as or even safer than the staircases of old.
Pick the Right Colours for Your Walls and Flooring
If you are on a tight budget, this is probably the easiest tip here to implement.
Remember your physics classes? Darker colours tend to absorb light whereas lighter colours tend to reflect light. What did we learn earlier about making a space look larger? That is right – pick a lighter colour scheme for your walls and flooring to make it look brighter and more spacious.
Stay away from deep colours like black, navy and dark browns. While they are great at making a space look cosier and warm, it also will make the space look more cramped. Go for the whites, beiges, and light bright colours instead.
Make Use of Hidden Storage & “Stow Away” Furniture
Decluttering a space can easily help a small space look more spacious. How to do that in a small space? Hidden storage is crucial.
Incorporate multi-purpose furniture that can serve a dual function. For example, an ottoman that also serves as a hidden storage space. By keeping the knick-knacks out of sight, you will easily achieve a clean space – that is visually more spacious without the clutter.
“Stow Away” furniture that is increasingly gaining popularity amongst small homeowners is also a great way out. From collapsible seats, extendable dining tables to foldable desks, these smart furniture options can be easily kept away or “minimized” when not in use. How handy!
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