5 Life Changing Interior Design Ideas For Small Spaces
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You no longer have to visit New York City, or Tokyo to find living quarters and business offices are getting smaller. All around the world, people are taking advantage of the money saving ideas of doing more with less. That includes space. It cost less to heat and cool a small area. You can rent to more tenants if you have more apartments and more business offices. The one thing we can count on is, the earth is not going to grow larger to accommodate the population.
People who have experienced living in tight quarters will tell you; it’s all about what you do with what you have. The trick is to find the space you are wasting and find a way to utilize all of it. You will probably need a little help from a pro. Read more here.
The first thing you have to think about is color. In a small area, you need two contrasting colors to make the room pop. For example, let’s say you have a lot of greenery in the room. Window plants, furniture, trays, and decorations. Contrast the room with a deep blue or charcoal gray carpet. This draws the eye up to your decor, giving the illusion of more height.
Design Idea number one
If you plan on having company often, you will need seating space. But when you are not entertaining, why fill the space with furniture? Have a focus piece such as a couch or stadium seating. Then have seats built into the walls. When guests arrive, fold them down, attach the custom brace and you have a seat. If you have several built close together, it is like a sofa. When the seats are folded up, decorate them with fabric, or paint them. For an extra bonus, have your contractor build a slide on shelf to slide onto the seats, and use it to place your decorations, books, or whatever. Books can be laid down, and you can contrast the bookshelf with stones, vases, or photos. Track lighting will bring the whole look together.
Design idea number two
Your bathroom is probably tiny. The toilet is probably directly beside the tub or shower. Build a divider between the two, decorated the divider with tile. When you reach the area above your visual point, have the contractor build shelves all the way up. The shelves can be open so you can store tissue, shampoo, cosmetics, or whatever you need. However, have the lowest shelf enclosed with sliding doors for more personal items.
A pantry built just outside the door is a great place for a hamper, shelves in the top hold cleaning products and on the inside of the pantry door, install a small, fold-out ironing board.
Design idea number three
Do not waste the corners. A corner space is perfect for a fold-down triangular desk. Put a thin wooden or metal shelf rack next to it. Place books, printers, or other heavy objects on the bottom shelves. Use the middle shelves for your supplies, such as pens, printer paper, notes, and a surge protector to plug in your laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Decorate the top with pretty things. Think framed photos leaning from the upper shelf against the wall.
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Design Idea number four
If you have a kitchen, it is probably tiny. While most people think that is a hassle, it can be great. Instead of a small counter, two burners, mini-fridge and a microwave, shoved in a corner, go vertical.
Have your contractor build a pantry and put everything in one spot and out of the way. The mini-fridge goes on the bottom with the mini-microwave on top. Have a couple of shelves built for a single cup coffee maker, a toaster, and a wooden rack for silverware and cooking utensils. On the inside door, build shelves with wire to hold spices. Have the under part of the sink enclosed to store food. Have a pots and pan rack built on a trolly with rope. Lower it when you need it and when they have been washed and dried, hook them to the rack and roll them back up to the ceiling. You will need a hook on the wall to wrap the rope around that you raise and lower.
Clothes, blankets, shoes
Design Idea number five
By plastic sipper containers that are wide and made low to the floor. Learn to pack your clothes like you are on a cruise. Roll your shirts and pants and store as many of your clothes in these containers as possible. Slide them under the couch. Stand them behind the sofa. Buy storage cubes that you can sit on, but the top comes off to store things in. Make a tower in a corner. Place blankets in the bottom ones, and shoes in the top one.