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7 space expanding tips for small interiors

Small apartments can be difficult interiors to decorate. Rooms are small and often dark and a couple of items of furniture make them look cluttered. By simple use of light and colour however, petite interiors can become grand designs if you know a few tricks of the trade.

  1. Mirrors

Mirrors transform a cold, dark room into a sun filled sanctuary that can look double the size. The important tip with mirrors is to remember that they can’t be placed anywhere. Don’t hang a mirror in front of a hallway cupboard otherwise you will forever be fretting about the messy coats and the pile of shoes inside. Mirrors can act as artwork, windows and lighting features too. They don’t need to be hanging up on the wall either; a mirror leaning up against a wall will suit most home interior styles.

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  1. Glass or Perspex furniture

Translucent furniture pieces such as coffee tables and bookshelves look fantastic in small living spaces, as they do not break up the space or lighting. Glass pieces are expensive and easily damaged but Perspex or plastic pieces are light and durable and easy to dress up or down

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  1. Neutral palette brings light into the room

A neutral colour palette of whites and creams makes a room feel light and open. If repeated throughout the furniture and art as well, it will create a less defined space that will flow nicely. Add interest by using a variety of textures instead of colours.

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  1. Light and floaty curtains

Floor to ceiling curtains should be made in a light and breezy fabric. Nothing heavy as this will muffle the space. Sunshine should be able to flow through in order to keep the area bright and not trap the light. If your budget is little more lenient, opt for French white shutters to complete the contemporary style.

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  1. Decide on a focal point

Every room needs a focal point and this will help to clear your head and de-clutter the rest of the space. A focal point could be a piece of artwork, a TV, a pendant light, a large piece of furniture or simply a feature wall. The focal point will provide wow-factor without needing to fill up the room.

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  1. Custom made staircase

Although it can be a lot more expensive, a custom made staircase could save you tonnes of space as well as adding to your architecturally designed interior. Standard staircases often take up lots of room, are made from simple materials and are not a smart use of space. By custom designing your own, you can add shelving and under-stair storage or instead opt for a simple, sleek design that will take up no space at all.

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  1. Built-in bed

Standard sized beds are bulky and boring. A built in bed enables surround storage and unique designs. Shelves can be added all around and underneath can be used for shoe storage or even a second mattress.

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