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Author: Caron Burrows, Posted: Thursday, 24th December 2015, 08:00

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What seems small to one person can feel like a mansion to another. But with a little extra thought, clever design layouts, and – most importantly – the right kind of attitude, a small space can easily be transformed into a functional and attractive living space.

Flashes of vivid colour will add a wow factor to a small space. White provides a good background for neon shades, which will stand out fantastically. Be careful to work with a restricted palette to avoid your space looking too busy.

Reflect the room
If you were only going to purchase one item, a large mirror should definitely be it. Hanging an over-sized design will make a small room feel bigger and brighter. Position it opposite a window for maximum light-boosting power. Alternatively, fixing mirrors to cupboard or wardrobe fronts offers a double function when space is at a minimum.

A round dining table with a pedestal base will tuck into smaller spaces with ease. The round edge means there’ll be no more bumping into sharp corners, and the single leg base makes it easier to squeeze one more friend around the table.

A stack of stools neatly kept in a corner is a perfect solution when extra seating is required. Poufs are a must for any small home – use them as footstools, extra seats or side tables (topped with a tray). Stacking tables – otherwise known as a ‘nest of tables’ – are a versatile choice for compact rooms. Easily split when more than one table is required, and neatly restacked when not in use.

A small neat sofa will provide cosy seating without the bulk of a large design. Place a small table in front of the sofa to double as extra seating when entertaining.

Anything made of clear acrylic, such as coffee tables and dining chairs, is an excellent choice for small spaces. The transparent nature of the material means your furniture will ‘disappear’ providing that much needed illusion of space, and will look super stylish.

Shelving provides essential storage and display space in any room, large or small. Under bed storage is an absolute must when it comes to a small bedroom or studio apartment. Many beds come with storage included but if yours doesn’t, there is the option of having some tailor-made. Custom made fixtures and fittings will help you capitalise on every inch of space, while well designed storage and furniture will help your small space function well and feel ordered.

Join me next month for tips on dealing with small space children’s rooms.

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