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Small space solutions in your home

Small space solutions in your home

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Hanno and Mazeth from design-360 give us some fantastic space-saving tips for small rooms.

What are your best space-saving tips?

  • Get rid of everything you don't really need. That's always a good first step, and often half the problem solved.
  • Prioritize items in terms of accessibility: the ones you use a lot should be easy to access.
  • Consider different storage solutions - there are so many clever things out there or better still, things you could make yourself. Apply your mind or pick our brains!
  • If the storage unit can have more than one function, the space becomes more user-friendly, i.e. a timber crate used for storage becomes a coffee table, a seat, a work surface or drawing board (by painting the top with blackboard paint). Make it mobile by adding wheels and it can be moved elsewhere when you need the space.
  • Make storage fun by introducing colour.

What are some of the common mistakes people make with small spaces?

  • Choosing furniture that is too bulky, i.e. sofas that are too big for a space, visually and practically.
  • Clutter. Don't show off everything you own. Rather put away some vases, for example, and only show off one. This way one can keep changing the interior by introducing something different every few weeks or months.
  • Using colour badly. Dark walls in small spaces are a big no-no. Keep it light as it will make the space appear bigger.
  • Window treatment: avoid heavy curtains when blinds or sheer curtains will ensure maximum natural light entering the space.

Are there any 'illusions of space' that can make a room look bigger?

  • Never forget the visual impact of mirrors: the reflection gives the illusion of space as well as creating interesting views.
  • Continuity can be very effective. Continuing with the same wall colour or treatment between two interleding spaces on the same wall ‘elongates' the space, giving one the illusion of the two spaces looking longer in the horizontal plane. For example, in Scott's living space we painted one wall blue in the lounge and kitchen, and continued it to the exterior.
  • Allow the inside to become the outside and vice versa. Wherever possible, open up spaces to the outdoors. This allows for free flow between the two and often an extension of space, i.e. a lounge leading out onto a patio can double up one's living space.

For more information about the interior design experts, visit Hanno and Mazeth's website: www.design-360.co.za

Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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