Interior Tips Part 1: Space
There are a huge range of styles and themes to be found in modern-day households all over the UK, and as time goes on people have become incredibly talented at creating interiors that not only look fantastic, but express their own unique sense of style and taste.
While we couldn’t be happier about this, sometimes having the knack to know a tidy scatter cushion when you see one won’t provide you with everything you need to create an entirely functional space.
That’s why in our next few blog posts, we’ll be taking a look at how to effectively use space to your advantage; resulting in an interior that functional as well as stylish!
Our perception of interior space is defined by columns, beams, floors, walls and ceilings. Huge interior spaces can be incredibly impressive and extremely luxurious, ultimately adding value to a property.
However, the ability to simply conjure up additional space in our home continues to dodge us with the majority of us living in homes that were built between 1850 and now, and with the average British living room being 15ft x 13ft, we have to be a little creative when it comes to getting the most from the space we do have.
Unless you can have access to major wall-moving apparatus, improving your interior is going to be a case of working with what you’ve got and using design rules to make the space feel bigger.
So, here comes our first ideal step: Empty the room of all furniture and clutter, and then paint the room white or as light a colour as you are willing to go.
Clutter can easily make a room feel or seem smaller, so removing everything and giving the walls a colour that better reflects light will light up every inch of the room and show you exactly how much space you have to work with. Also, without the furniture, there are no objects dividing up the space, showing you that less, can indeed be more.
Now here comes the tricky part, when moving your furniture back in you must try not to compromise the feeling of space or that you have created too much. It can be difficult to create a room that fits between being overly cluttered and crowded or so minimalist that it’s almost uninhabitable! There will however, be elements and items that you can leave out when moving everything back in which should help towards your goal.
Now that you’ve made the most affordable and simple changes to your space, we can look at a few other key points that can help a space feel more…spacious.
Low ceilings can be made to look even lower with hanging light fixtures or textured, course finishes on the ceiling, so consider replacing old lighting fixtures with more modern options such as recessed lighting. Not only will this help to eliminate the ‘lowered ceiling’ effect, but the quality of lighting is also much better, allowing for an even more spacious feeling.
Next, it’s worth considering whether or not you are letting enough natural light into your space. If you find your windows are overshadowed by bulky curtains or nearby fixtures and furniture, you could do your home a world of good by removing the objects and letting more light shine in. Again, this will add to the spacious feeling of the room, as well as showing off more of the outside scenery.
Finally, bringing a little of the outdoors into your home can be a great way of adding to the feeling of spaciousness too. Adding small and vibrant plants gives a space an unmistakable fresh and airy feeling, and really breathe life into a room.
So, there we have the first round of tips to our interior space fundamentals, be sure to check back soon for more great tips and tricks!