Big Ideas for Small Living Spaces

Space is precious in our little red dot of a nation, and this means that living spaces are constantly shrinking. However, having a small home does not mean that you have to feel hemmed in. In this article, Dulux colour experts from AkzoNobel share some nifty interior design ideas to make the most out of the space that you have.

Play with Light and Reflections


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One rule of thumb for opening up a small space is to let as much light in as possible. For this, windows and mirrors can be your best friend. Place your mirror facing a window so that it reflects the outdoors, and watch as your room seems to double in size! Additionally, choose breezy curtain fabrics to keep your home feeling airy and bright.

Carve out a Path


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Keep one statement piece of furniture per room, and position your other ornaments such that your line of vision travels in an orderly fashion. Similarly, arrange your furniture to create unhindered walkways through your living area. Keeping things simple and organized will streamline the room layout and give the impression of freedom of movement.

Leave Room to Breathe


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Pushing furniture up against the wall can make a small space feel claustrophobic. Leaving even a tiny sliver of space will create the illusion that you have room to spare. The same principle works vertically as well: choose furniture with exposed legs, so that more space can be seen between these pieces and the floor.

Select Smart Furniture Options


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Consider investing in pieces that perform multiple functions: storage beds can be used as linen closets, and your bathroom mirror could be mounted on your bathroom cabinet door. Multipurpose furniture will keep clutter at bay and maximize the space that you have.

Make your Colour Scheme Work For You

Choosing the right colour scheme can enhance any room. In fact, many of the ideas we’ve talked about thus far can be boosted by incorporating smart colour choices.

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Remember that you should try to bring as much light as possible into a room – so when selecting your colour scheme, take inspiration from the lighter shades of Dulux’s neutral palettes. Dulux Light & Space is a perfect example of a well-rounded eco-certified paint that reflects heat. This will lower the energy consumption of your home, as less lighting and cooling technology will be needed for daily activities.

One never goes wrong with classic white walls, but if you are looking for something a little different, creamy shades like Orchid White or Culture Pearl are great alternatives. For your furniture and other ornaments, stick to hues from the same colour family to give a sense of coherence. These calming shades will make your space feel open, inviting and homey, and are a versatile base for the rest of your interior design ideas.

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