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How to design a small space

Spatial Awareness In your Interior


No matter how big or small your living space is, you seem to adapt to your surroundings and soon enough you are running out of precious space. It is hard to determine whether we need the items we have in our homes, along with items we simply are unable to part with, too expensive to dispose of, or the classic ‘I may need it one day’.


On a site visit, it’s easy to walk into an interior with fresh eyes and share exciting concepts with a client. In most projects there comes a point in the process when I am picking my brain for clever space saving ideas.


Each space is different and has its own selling points, it is always best to focus on the positives in your space. Maximising where the natural light is in the room and allowing it to flow freely is really important. Adding smart artificial lighting coincides with this. Creating your light source in the same direction as the focal point enhances the focal point but also adds an illusion of depth. An example of a focal point that is considering spatial awareness could be a luxurious headboard that has quite some height to it, this portrays a lovely visual interest. 

How to design a small space

When it comes to choosing the fabrics and colours, I recommend using small prints for patterns on fabrics such a seating, curtains and cushions, and larger tiles on the floor. Create a fresh, warm aesthetic by have the same flooring throughout the room for a smooth continuity. To add further texture and depth, add a rug that matches beautifully with your soft furnishings. In accessorising, it is best to have the ethos less is more. Add a delicate mirror to make the room brighter, no matter what the size this is, it is always a stunning feature. 

Creating storage solutions can be so satisfying! Find a bespoke mirrored cabinet, or a narrow console with thin legs. Add baskets or a storage trunk for your items so they are all be contained within one area. This is great as it is aesthetically pleasing but also very practical. By keeping your space as open and light as possible, tied together with your beautiful focal point, lovely soft furnishings and wise storage solutions, your interior can become more of a desired sacred living environment.