PAINTING SMALL SPACES EASY WAYS TO GIVE THE ILLUSION OF MORE SPACE 1. MAKING THE RIGHT FURNITURE CHOICES To give the illusion of more space, choose furniture pieces that have clean, simple lines. These will keep the space from feeling cluttered. Raise your key furniture pieces off the floor to keep your room airy and open and always ensure that these pieces have delicate legs to avoid them taking up precious space. Take your time to plan your furniture layouts carefully. Arrange your key pieces around the outside of the room and always make sure that nothing is blocking the traffic flow. Allow some space between your wall and the back of your couches, to allow your room to feel more open. 2. USE CLEAR FURNITURE PIECES Solid, chunky furniture pieces can weigh down a small space. These days there are so many interesting options to choose from that are perfectly suited to creating an illusion of more space. Experiment with non-traditional materials such as acrylic for desks, tables or chairs. It is strong, stylish and of course see through, so the pieces don’t visually take up valuable space. They almost vanish into the space if you keep their surfaces decluttered. 3. USING MIRRORS & REFLECTIVE SURFACES One of the best decorating tips for making a space appear larger is to use mirrors or reflective surfaces to visually enlarge your space. If you have a window in your room, place a large mirror opposite the window. It will bounce light around and make your space feel larger and airier. The reflection of the mirror will also brighten the room using the natural light from the window opposite. Metallic finishes are a great way to add more light into your room. Choose metallic lamps, accessories, and even furniture pieces to reflect light and brighten up your space. BEST COLOURS TO USE FOR SMALL ROOMS Colour can transform small, poky rooms into light airy spaces. There are a number of different techniques you can use to make the most out of the space you have got. 1. LIGHT/RECEDING COLOURS By using lighter colours on your walls you can make a room feel bigger and brighter. Paint your walls, ceilings, doors and trims all the same colour. This continuity of colour across each surface makes your space feel larger and creates a seamless look. Suddenly you can’t see where walls end and trims begin. Your walls will appear higher. Try colours such as New Look Cast No Shadow, Feathered Dawn or Cool Charm. You don’t necessarily need to use white in small rooms. You can choose from a selection of cool colours. These shades include blues and greens. Cool colours can make your walls feel like they recede and will give the illusion of more space. Paint architectural details along with furniture and shelving in the same colour or a similar tone for a seamless, airy room. Try colours such as New Look Fresh Rain, Heir, Light Year and Mighty Spark. 2. DEEP COLOURS Alternatively- you can choose from a deep shade of blue or grey to make a statement out of your small space. This works especially well if you have natural light flooding into the room. The deep colour draws your eye away from the size of the room and its dimensions. It draws you in and creates an inviting, enveloping space where you quickly forget it is a small space. Try colours such as New Look Autumn Storm, Zeplin Grey or Arabian Knight. EXPERT TIPS ON MAKING THE MOST OUT OF A SMALL SPACE Whether is is an entire apartment, a small study nook or a tiny bedroom that you need to decorate, there are so many clever ways you can disguise the size of the room and make the most out of the space. It all comes down to how cleverly you utilise the space that you have, and the ways that you decorate it to maximise the illusion of more space than there is. Here are 4 ways that you can transform a small space: 1. MAKING THE BEST USE OF THE SPACE Carefully consider your space. What will you be using it for? Is it a study nook, a bedroom or a living/entertaining space? Think about the dead space such as corners and areas under a window. What could you utilise that space for? Corner shelving is a great way to add in a visual feature, that also reclaims valuable storage space. Vertical storage such as shelving actually draws your eyes up a wall and makes it appear taller. 2. WORKING YOUR WINDOW SPACE If your small room has windows, the there are some clever tricks that will allow you to give a feeling of space and airiness. Install your current rod just below the ceiling rather than straight above the window frame. This will not only draw your eye upwards, but will also make your window area seem taller. You can do the same trick with the width of your windows. Extend your curtain rods past the end of your windows, this will visually extend your curtains width and make your room feel larger. Choose curtain colours that blend in with your wall colour so that there is no delineation between the surfaces. If you can choose a slightly sheer fabric, this will also add to the general lightness of your room and in turn make it feel larger. 3. ALLOW YOUR ROOM TO BREATHE In a small space, there is no room for clutter or non-essential items. Try and hide away any clutter in storage areas. A cluttered room can often look much smaller than it actually is, with your eye being drawn to too many focal points. Allow your room to breath and instead, create a serene and orderly space where you choose several focal points such as a beautifully curated shelf display, or a piece of art. Add a touch of greenery through hanging plants or a small potted plant in a corner, Greenery can make even the smallest space feel lighter and fresher. 4. CHOOSE SMALL-SCALE PIECES Select furniture that suits a smaller space. In living areas, seating takes up much of your space. Choose seating that has delicate legs and is raised off the ground to give an air of spaciousness. Avoid sofas with skirts or bulky arms that take up too much visual space. Today there are so many smaller furniture pieces on offer. Choose a narrower seat, small-scale coffee tables and slimline desk designs. Think about your storage solutions and where possible have multi use furniture such as ottomans that incorporate storage. Always remember, the less furniture you have , the more spacious your room will feel.