Saturday 28 February 2015

Interiors: Big up your small space - some clever tips

Published 18/07/2014 | 02:30

Oliver Bonas
Oliver Bonas
Ottoman, €559, Daisy and Delilah
Storage boxes, €35, Oliver Bonas
Pendant Light, €145 Sweetpea and Willow
Chest of drawers, €850, Alexander and Pearl
Hooks, €19, The Contemporary Home
Kente Print, €69, Letitreign

Got a cosy (ahem tiny) bedroom? Although you can't change its size, with these clever tips you can trick your eyes into seeing it as the spacious boudoir you always wanted.

TIP

Go for a bed that has built-in drawers underneath. You'll be surprised the amount of clothes that you'll be able to squeeze in, without the clutter. If a bed isn't an option, a trunk or box at the end of your bed will add some interior-chic and it's a great place to store spare bedding, pillows and blankets.

Ottoman, €559, Daisy and Delilah

Get space savy

  • The less furniture, the more spacious a room looks and feels. Go for multipurpose pieces like small shelves that work as a dressing table at the top or storage boxes that work as a nightstand.

Storage Boxes, €35, Oliver Bonas

Lighten up

  • Don't take up precious bedside table with bulky lamps. Instead hang two lights either side of the bed or go for a wall mounted light, it will give you a clearer, less cluttered surface around your coveted sleeping space.

Pendant light, €145 Sweetpea and Willow

Reflect

  • Lighter, softer colours like creams or icy blues will convert a tiny interior into seemingly bigger as they will maximise natural light.
  • Painting the ceiling the same hue as the walls can help erase the lines that visually define a space, it makes it harder for your eye to tell where the room starts and ends, so the room looks bigger.
  • So we all know the trick about mirrors but what about mirrored furniture? It will look pretty and it will work like a mirror reflecting light into every corner.

Chest of drawers, €850, Alexander and Pearl

Hang on

  • Thick heavy curtains will just add bulk and shrink a room - switch to blinds instead. If that's not your interior style swap up curtains for sheer drapes instead.
  • Consider adding floor-to-ceiling wardrobes with mirrored or reflective doors, not only will they fake a high ceiling as they'll draw the eye upward, but they'll free up floor space and provide super storage in one.
  • Don't hide away your handbags or jewels, make features of them and hang like art from hooks on the wall, it will free up space and look super pretty too.

Hooks, €19, The Contemporary Home

Art attack

  • Hang or place prints on a distant wall, by drawing the eye to a further spot you'll expand the perceived depth of field giving a way-over-there spacious feeling. Kente Print, €69, Letitreign

First published in INSIDER Magazine, exclusive to Thursday's Irish Independent
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