Interior design ideas for small spaces

With house prices and rent seemingly always on the rise, many homeowners and renters in the UK are having to settle for smaller spaces.

Luckily, with some clever interior design ideas, even the smallest studio flat can appear spacious, all it takes is some imagination.

Here are our top interior design ideas for small spaces:

Get clever with your storage

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in a small space is allowing it to become cluttered. This doesn’t mean you have to throw away all of your possessions, it just means you need to get clever with your storage.

In small bedrooms, the space under the bed is often under-utilised, and is a great place to stash away clothes, toys and other bits and bobs. Pick up some universally sized under-bed storage boxes to keep things neat and tidy, rather than just shoving things under the bed. Boxes with lids can help to prevent your things getting dusty.

In the living room, furniture that doubles up as storage works well for smaller spaces, like stools, ottomans and even sofas. Use these items to hide away spare bedding and toys for a clutter-free small space.

In the kitchen, adding in a tiny free-standing kitchen island, butchers block or breakfast bar can add valuable storage for pots, pans and electrical goods. You’ll also gain some much-needed worktop space, making cooking and preparing food all the easier.

Finally, rather than fill your limited space with drawers and dressers, use floating shelves for storage to avoid crowding your walls.

Use colour and light to make your space look bigger

Now your space is de-cluttered and your storage sorted, it’s time for a lightening, brightening makeover. Light colours are the best friends of smaller rooms, so it’s a good idea to use them as much as you can.

Make sure your ceiling is painted a lighter colour than the walls to really open up the room, and remember that a shinier finish will reflect more light and make your room look more spacious.

Once you’ve painted, it’s time to dress your space with two things: mirrors, and lights. Mirrors, especially when placed on a wall directly opposite a natural light source, will encourage more light to enter your room, while smaller, softer lights dotted around, particularly in darker corners, will open up the corners and soften the edges of your space, making it look more spacious.

No second bedroom? No problem!

If you’re living in a one-bedroom flat, the idea of having guests to stay can seem impossible. However, add a sofa that doubles up as a bed, and your one-bed miraculously transforms into two.

When you’re picking out a sofa bed for the main living room of your house or flat, make sure it’s first and foremost comfortable as a sofa. After all, this is how you’ll be using it most of the time. Some sofa beds even have handy storage spaces where you can keep an extra duvet and a couple of pillows, allowing you to turn your living room into a second bedroom at the drop of a hat.

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