Wednesday, 17 March 2010

small and beautiful

The final stage of the renovation of our house was the conversion of an old bathroom and hallway into my office. Its not a huge space so being clever storage and colour was a must to make the most of the space. If you have a small room to renovate try incorporating some of these ideas into your design.
Don't leave the walls white. You just end up with a small room lacking in personality.
Don't be afraid to use colour particularly in hallways where it will create drama and make the rooms of the hall look bigger.
Use the same colour for the walls, ceiling and woodwork. It is instant trick to make a room feel bigger as it stops the room from visually being cut into separate sections.
Use full scale shelves and cabinets to draw the eye upward, making the ceilings seem higher and the space feel larger. Upscale accessories. Large lamps, artwork candles and vases create the appearance of greater space, scale and height. No wimpy lamps!
Mirrors are the biz in terms of reflecting light and visually making a space feel larger. The more the merrier!
Mix up furniture (wooden furniture with metal or glass topped furniture) it will give the room a lighter airier feel.
Put in a large rug it will extend the vision line and give an illusion of more square footage.

The obvious one, the one I am not good at, is chuck out the clutter!

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