We don’t always have the luxury of designing for huge homes or rooms that seem endless. Small spaces such as bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens present a special challenge because they can easily by filled with great design touches, but leave the space with a cluttered, claustrophobic feel. However, not everyone wants a minimalist interior design, which might bring more attention to the relative size of the space. Here are a few ideas for designing in a small space.
Break up the Space
Nowadays, it seems like so many are converting their garages or other outbuildings into accessory dwelling units (ADUs.) Essentially, these are like studio apartments for use as a short-term rental, guest house, or even for in-laws in their golden years. To make these spaces homier, look to divide the space with partitions like Japanese screens, bookcases, or a heavy curtain. When the space is carved out to allow for a kitchen, small living room, dining area, and bedroom, a real living space starts to take shape.
Creative Small Bedroom Designs
If you are trying to fit everything into a small space, you might want to consider Murphy beds. These open up space for entertaining or everyday living without creating a feeling that you’re constantly in the bedroom. Alternately, try a platform bed that has shelving underneath the mattress. This is a clever way to make the most of the space. Finally, sofa sleepers have vastly improved over the years. There’s no need to forgo overnight guests even in a small space.
When choosing a color palette for your small space, go for lighter colors. Dark colors are slimming when it comes to clothes and that is not what you want when you only have a few hundred square feet to work with. Rather than plain old white, look into lighter earth colors such as sand, beige, sage green, or an earthy yellow. For more of an urban flair, consider gray. You can continue with the monochrome look or use it to contrast a brighter pastel or white. No matter what, strive to keep it bright in a small space.
Use all of the Space
Be sure to make use of every available space. If there’s an empty corner, you can fit in shelving to house anything from books or decorations. That could even be where you keep spare linens or clothing. If you creating designs for high ceilings in a small bedroom, consider lifting the bed and using the space beneath for the television or a desk. You can also install cabinetry up top, creating storage space where once was an only bare wall. With a little creativity, you can transform your small space into something truly special.
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