Making the most of a small space with interior design

Careful fabric choices can make your small space seem bigger.
Careful fabric choices can make your small space seem bigger.
Just because you have restricted floor space, doesn't mean you can't create a comfortable, airy home. Here are a few top tips for making a space space feel big.

Living in a small space can come with its challenges – not only in finding the room to store your belongings, but also in decorating without making your home feel overly cramped or stuffy. 

However, just because you have restricted floor space, doesn't mean you can't create a comfortable, airy environment. Here are a few of our top tips for making a small space feel larger. 

Furniture that doubles as storage 

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Free up some floor space by getting some dual purpose furniture. Sofas and couches with built in shelves around the back, or beds with storage in the base can minimise the amount of drawers and free-standing shelving you require.

Coffee tables and ottomans with storage built in also can be used to keep books, magazines, photo albums… you name it! 

Hang curtains from the ceiling

Another classic interior design tool to create the illusion of greater space is to hang ceiling to floor curtains – even if your windows don't fill up the whole wall. By having your curtain fabric hanging from higher up, it helps to create the impression of a taller ceiling.

In addition, have your curtain rail extend beyond the window frame. This means that when you open your curtains, they will be clear of the window, meaning you can let in as much light as possible. 

A light palette 

Our Oslo fabric is a minimalist approach to a light colour palette.Our Oslo fabric is a minimalist approach to a light colour palette.

For a touch of interest, you can add a little texture to your drapery with our Christelle curtain fabric in Mocha, featuring a scrolling leaf motif, or our Eugeni fabric in Pumice, a sophisticated jacquard that emulates embroidered patterns. Speaking of light, one of your best strategies for making a small space seem bright and airy is to use a light colour palette across your interior design. Our Olivia drapery fabric is a versatile, understated option in a range of hues from Pearl and Pumice to Taupe and Oatmeal. 

In addition to a light colour scheme for your walls, you can even extend the palette to your furniture with our range of high quality upholstery fabrics. Our sophisticated Oslo fabric in Warm Sand is a nod to minimalist Scandinavian style, while the subtle geometric print in our Amali Vanilla fabric is a stylish addition to any lounge. 

Wall to wall

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If you want to free up floor space, consider mounting some of your home necessities to the wall. This can include shelving, as well as light fixtures such as lamps that would usually be taking up precious real estate. 

In addition, a wall-mounted TV means you can ditch the cabinet or table, and position your device at an optimum viewing height.

Mirrors to create the illusion of space 

This is a classic tactic used by many a designer to create the illusion of extra space. Try to position your mirrors strategically, such as in the centre of a wall to magically elongate your lounge, dining room or bedroom. Don't be afraid to go for an oversize mirror – the bigger, the better!

Ceiling appeal 

To give the impression of taller rooms, draw the eye upwards by decorating the ceiling. This can mean wallpaper, paint, vinyl stickers… let your imagination lead the way. This also opens up lots of possibility for fun and creativity when decorating kids rooms. 

If you're ready to breathe new life into your small space, contact us at Charles Parsons to find out more about our interior design fabrics and commercial textiles,