Do you live in a small space or have a small room in your home that you would like to make the most of it?
If so, I hear you!!!

I know so well how tricky it can be to design a room with limited space… not just for my clients, but also for myself, as we used to live in a tiny flat in London before we moved  here, and even now, our house still has some rooms that could do with some extra inches, like my office and the guest bedroom for example!

But thanks to good planning and a few design tricks it’s totally possible to create a gorgeous and functional home, even if your place is quite petite!

So, I have listed below my fave tips on how to make the most of a small space!

 

1. Zone out the room

Start by thinking about all the activities that you will be doing in the room.
For example…

If you are designing a guest bedroom/study, it could be:

  • Work
  • Sleep

If you are designing a living room, it could be:

  • Watch TV
  • Relax
  • Kids will play there

After you are clear about how the room will be used, you can then establish separate zones for those activities.

 

2. Make a list

Once you have the zones defined, you can start thinking of each zone separately and what it needs to function.

This will help you to get a better idea of how you can make your space work for your day-to-day life.

For example:

Guest Bedroom/ Study:

Working Area:
– Desk and chair near a power outlet.
– Storage for books, files and office supplies.

Sleeping area:
– Bed or sofa bed (with enough room space to open up).
– Side table (near a power outlet for table lamp).
– Storage for guest’s clothes.

Living room

Watch tv/ and relax area:
– Comfy sofa
– Soft lighting (table lamp)
– Coffee table (for placing drinks and snacks)
– Side table near power outlet (for table lamp)

Kids area:
– Floor space to play

– Storage for toys

– Kids table with chairs

Image: ajcreative.style from Alexandra Joseph Photography

 

 

3. Consider every corner!

Especially if you are designing a small space, every inch counts, so it’s essential that you look at every corner of your home with fresh eyes and consider if it’s possible to make that space functional.
You can create extra storage under the stairs, transform a stairway into a reading nook or maybe transform a built-in cupboard into a hidden working area!

Image: House To Home

 

4. Choose the furniture wisely

Favour slimline pieces
For example… a sofa with slimmer arms will offer more seating area than a model with wide ones. Plus it looks less chunky, giving the illusion of a bigger space!

Image: ajcreative.style from Alexandra Joseph Photography

Go for multifunctional furniture

  • Like a chair used as a side table that can become an extra seat when guests are over for example.
  • Choose pieces that are lifted up the floor, like a bed with high-legs instead of a futton style one, for example, as pieces too close to the floor make the space feel smaller.
  • If you need lots of storage, but don’t have much space, consider investing in bespoke built-ins tailored to your needs.

Image: ajcreative.style from Alexandra Joseph Photography

 

5 Open it up!
Mirrors are a great way to reflect natural light and make rooms feeling bigger. So if your room feels dark or small, consider incorporating a big floor mirror into the layout or maybe create a gallery wall with lots of smaller ones!

Image: ajcreative.style from Alexandra Joseph Photography

 

6. Leave some white space.
Give some room to breathe by not feeling up every single inch of your space.
You don’t need to display everything, remember that the more clutter you have, the smaller your room will feel!

Image: ajcreative.style from Alexandra Joseph Photography

 

7. Be Bold!

Just because you are designing a small space, it doesn’t mean that you can’t create an impact.
Very often large-scale pieces add grandeur to the scheme, turning even the smallest room into something super special!

The secret is not to overpower it and allow the showpiece to really shine!

For example, in my tiny office, I went for a very bold, large-scale wallpaper.
However, I only used it on a feature wall, leaving everything around it quite calm and making sure the gorgeous wallpaper can really pop without feeling overwhelming!

 

I will talk more about how you can use colour to make your space feeling bigger on the next post! 😉

Also, if you would like to learn more about how to design a home that inspires you every day, sign up to my online course’s waiting list and be the first to know when you the enrolment is open!
You can check it out here!

Love,

Ju xx