How to decorate small living spaces

17 Jan 2013

As development increases, there is a trend towards smaller apartments and townhouses.

Light grey walls, white trim and whitewashed floors keep the space light and airy.

Trying to fit all your furniture into a small space can be a nightmare and normally results in downscaling to some degree.

So how do you fit everything into a small space? If anyone knows the tricks of living in a small space, it's the Swedes, who have mastered the art of living small. Get some helpful tips…

Light airy colours

The trick to living in a small apartment that measures 39 square metres is to have a practical layout that makes use of all the available floor area while keeping the apartment spacious and uncluttered.

Light grey walls, white trim and whitewashed floors keep the space light and airy. Decorating your home in similar colours and staying away from dark hues that weigh down the space will open up your home in a similar manner.

When it comes to large furniture pieces like dining room tables, consider a flap-down vintage dining table that takes up little space.

To breathe more room into a kitchen opt for an all-white kitchen or a light palette all-round.

A glossy finish intensifies and bounces even more light to visually enlarge this small area.

Retractable furniture

When it comes to large furniture pieces like dining room tables, consider a flap-down vintage dining table that takes up little space. Flexible furniture like a flap-down table can be extended for entertaining and later retracted to make room for other activities.

Wall mounted storage

In any compact living area where floor space is valuable, the next best option is to make use of the walls.

Shelving, cabinets and racks are easily mounted onto walls to provide essential storage.

Shelving, cabinets and racks are easily mounted onto walls to provide essential storage. When you move out, a pack of crackfiller and a few basic tools will fix up any holes and the landlord won't know the difference.

In an older apartment that doesn't have built-in cupboards and where there is no space for freestanding cupboards - think about using the space above the bed.

Alternative room use

You can purchase wall mounted kitchen cabinets that will provide plenty of storage space.

In most small apartments and townhouses the kitchen isn't large enough to swing a cat, never mind have space for a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Bathrooms can double as laundry rooms, but do make sure there is sufficient ventilation to avoid mildew and mould infestation. Windows and doors should be left open to allow air circulation through the room.

Disguise with fabric

Living and sleeping in one room, as found in many studio apartments, is easily sorted by installing a long curtain pole across the sleeping area. The secret is to use a neutral fabric that doesn't draw attention, but rather disguises.

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za

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