Due to our ever-growing world and the constant demand for property, apartments are getting smaller and smaller. This has led designers to come up with innovative and stylish ways to save space. As they say, great things often come in small packages. But remember, you can still dream big if you put a few key tips into practice.
1. Double-duty furniture
While I don’t agree that everything needs to serve more than one purpose, a little multitasking doesn’t hurt. With super sleek, stylish designs, your furniture can offer both practical and decorative functions. Benches and ottomans are great seating options and can also serve as a place to hide clutter. Stacks of dvds and magazines need not be invading your surfaces for all to see!
2. Fold it up
I know what you’re thinking and, I have to admit, initially the thought made me shudder. Foldable furniture is never something you’d normally associate with style or home décor. However, now’s the time to wave goodbye to drab-looking plastic and say hello to elegant glass and wooden finishes with metallic features. These new foldable options are just as easy to pack away but make a real design statement.
Nesting coffee tables are another space saver as you can stack them under each other but, once separate, you can have up to three or four individual pieces.
3. Wall space
When floor space is at a premium, it’s important to maximise your four walls. Built-in shelving is the perfect solution and a great opportunity to arrange pretty objects. Be selective about what you display and you’ll also inject a bit of personality into your home. You’ll be a “shelfie” expert in no time.
As well as using walls for storage, they serve as a blank canvas for you to decorate as you wish. While you might not have room for oversized ceramics or large house plants, you can hang fun prints or photographs to add character to your home. You can’t let space constraints limit your personality.
4. Small-scale seating
Stools are a great option when it comes to space-saving seating. Use them as occasional furniture in your living room or place them under your breakfast bar in the kitchen. They’re easy to move around, store away and also double as a side table.
A spacious sofa could take up half your sitting room, so why not opt for a slighter, love-seat style? Still big enough to fit two people, it should suit your day-to-day needs. When friends come round, make use of your multipurpose ottomans and benches for additional seating. It’s important to kit out your flat for your own needs. There’s no point cluttering your space with lots of furniture to cater for temporary guests.
5. All things bright
For lighting, ceiling installations and wall sconces are favourable as they don’t take up any additional square footage. Table and floor lamps – as their names suggest – demand precious surface area. With side tables that often serve as stools, and vice versa, you won’t want to be rehousing a bulky lamp every time you need an extra seat.
Wall sconces are becoming more and more commonplace, largely thanks to the retro revival taking over every aspect of the interior design world. So, you won’t be short of both high street and high-end options.
Chandeliers never seem to go out of fashion. Mid-century modern designs are particularly popular at the moment. You can go for intricate installations or a more understated pendant. What’s more, with ceiling lights, you’re not having to compromise on space as they are taking up a section unlikely to be used by anything else.
Above all, remember to be selective and only choose pieces that you think add to the room or have a specific function. It’s easy to clutter spaces with objects that aren’t really necessary and add nothing. It’s time to pare down and get rid. It might sound like a daunting task, but it really puts things into perspective, and I think you’ll be happy with the results.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
Top photo credit: Domino