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Small Interiors

Changing a 1905 Living Space into a 2017 Masterpiece in Apartment Rejuvenation

Remember fellow decorators and design enthusiasts that you need to ensure that the most important thing, is to make the most important thing, the most important thing. For you.

pena designs small apartment redesign

And again I am talking Rotterdam and the very innovative firm called PEÑA. I recently wrote about this dynamic firm based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where I lyrically praised their redesign of an old museum in this city.

Well, I found another one of their apartment renovations in their project called Casa C. I hope you admire it as much as I do and at the same time get some tips on how to rejuvenate a small space into a masterpiece of design.

Small living room large windows design with grey sectional and large planter

 

Small living room grey sectional doorway book case

split small living room view large planter grey sectional and doorway bookshelf shelving

 

The overriding “important” features of the redesign are:

 

  • Innovative structural design in the orientation of the functions of the apartment.
  • Using clever design techniques to ensure orientation and placement of the functions to maximum benefit.
  • Maximising light.
  • Making spaces like the stairway and corridors part of the living space rather than separate spaces.
  • Maximising the outdoor space and adding a conservatory to connect the dining room and kitchen.
  • Adding sliding doors from the bedroom to the balcony to give it a holiday feeling.
  • From urban to open living.
  • Small spaces can have BIG features – note the fabulous doors and architraves.
  • Small rooms can take big lamps and light features as long as you have high ceilings.
  • Spectacular use of bold colours to demarcate areas.
  • Amazonian plants can work in small spaces.
  • Don’t forget the ceilings – they add a whole new dimension.

 

Small living room grey sectional doorway book case

small narrow dining room with plastered ceiling effects red focal walls and narrow dining room table

 

small apartment sunroom large plant kitchen view

small apartment sunroom decor

Office split view stairwell study

small apartment office study skylight

Small modern kitchen design decor fridge oven combination space saving

Small apartment office large windows planter

 

My best piece of advice if you happen to be an urbanite and wanting a more contemporary and natural structure to your apartment, is to get advice from people like these.

Miracles can happen even in the centre of a city! You too can have an “evolved” apartment to show off. The important thing is to remember that you must focus on what is important to you.

Trust you enjoyed this travel show – until next time.

Ava.

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Small Interiors

A 193 m2 Transformation – Brilliance in Small Space Design

Pena living room loft

Starting with bare bones? In need of enlightenment? Well, this former museum in Rotterdam was transformed into the most amazing place. In my opinion (humbled in this instance), this is a magnificent small space design; one which rarely ticks all my boxes.

The architectural firm in charge of redesigning the space is a company called PEÑA and is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The company not only is renowned for its architectural designs, it also operates in interior and product design.

PEÑA completely redesigned the apartment, but the magnificent ceiling and beam structures were part of the bare bones – yes, how fab were these to work with?

Here are some factors that they employed to transform the space into a luxurious home:

1.White and light.

I very often don’t propose a white look in a home. It can be clinical. But in this instance, it really highlights the magnificent ceiling and beams and in no way distracts from the core features of the space.

pena design livingroom space

pena glass doors livingroom

2.Simple colour theme

The decor involves the colours black, greys, and is mixed with natural wood hues. This gives a wonderful palette which is easy on the eye. They eye moves around with great pleasure, but the shading of the dark greys and blacks give form.

The inclusion of duck-egg blue and the splashes of chrome lift the palette perfectly. Notice how the artwork matches the theme.

Remember that colour does not add a pleasant quality to design; it reinforces it.

pena lounge colour

3.The kitchen is a masterpiece of design camouflage

It is not often that you will have the kitchen in the centre of a room – but in this instance it works fabulously and with its all wooden cabinetry and walls it melds into a functional yet beautiful space.

pena kitchen view

pena kitchen design

pena schematic

pena dining area

4.Skylight opens up the kitchen and negates the lack of windows

Clever use of skylights can completely transform a space and can come with many more advantages too, as an example uv window film on skylights save on energy costs plus many other benefits. In this instance, with the kitchen slap in the middle of the space, the extra lighting from above gives it a lovely cosy feel, plus it’s all-natural lighting. It could easily have been a little hemmed in. You’re sure to find a transformation in your space with aia skylights that’ll add a new look to your room with the additional light. Of course, you’ll need to know if you can fit a skylight on your roof, or if the angle and position of the skylight is able to give you the natural light you need. You can pop over to these guys or to another company experienced with skylight installation to find out if you can transform your space.

pena kitchen counter

5.Design is the purpose of elements – concentrate on composition, proportion and balance

The large scale of the corridors, the magnitude of the bookshelves and passage shelving all add to the composition of the space. The proportion and balance are in harmony.

pena wall unit

pena bathroom

pena bathroom sink

I trust that you are seeing the good design in this example. It should become self-evident and needs little or no change or further criticism.

Come back soon!

-Ava

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Small Interiors

Studio Apartment Decorating – How to Get the Professional Look

small professional lounge area

Still dreaming of the ultimate small apartment? This is how you can do it with some tips from the professionals.

Fimera Design – a site I spotted and liked – did this incredible decoration in a small studio apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria. They obviously have some very talented designers and I am amazed at how clever they have been in converting a really small space into a blockbuster of a winner.

It is a really good example for you to follow in order to launch your re-decorating career! The designers were astute enough to make the whole space flow beautifully. So, with a little help from the professionals, you too can get the look.
I hope this inspires the designer in you. We all have “it”; sometimes just takes a little longer to come out of its shell.

Contrast – make it work

Very often too much of the same thing can lead to monotony and ultimately boredom. A small space can easily fall into this chasm because you may be overworking it in one of them or color.

Here, the contrast in the decorative aspects, which include the bright white ceiling and floors as opposed to the brown hue of the walls, gives a crispness to the ambiance of the rooms. The beautiful details in the wooden furniture and shelving allow the space to feel homely and comfortable. A mix of modern and minimalist furniture gives the small apartment a sense of space. Too much clutter would have overwhelmed the area.

dining area fimera

Beware the open-plan pitfalls

If you page through the pictures over and over again – you don’t get lost in the translation. This means that these designers were crafty enough to separate the different rooms without the use of physical barriers. For instance, the blank space between the kitchen and the sitting room could easily have been overtaken by either one. However, through the placement of the dining room table and chairs, the whole space has been demarcated into kitchen, dining and sitting.

kitchen dining area fimera

Use focal points to break any monotony.

You will see that the Fimera designers began with a plan. And it is clear that one of the objectives to be met was to ensure points of interest. These are apparent in the red chandelier in the dining area, the minimalist one red cushion on the sofa and high design wooden cabinetry in the kitchen.
In the bedroom, the “I wouldn’t have believed it will work!” bed covering along the fabulous upholstered wallpaper are details that were obviously cleverly thought through. All to draw the eye to something completely different.

dining table fimera

lounge area fimera

dining area lounge area fimera

Concentrate on a few walls.

The wonderfully modern corrugated look red tiling in the cloakroom, the luxurious embossed tiling in the bathroom and the ingenious incorporation of the TV into a high design wall all add character and give a sense of superior craftsmanship. The point is – don’t go overboard. One or two, not all walls. I know it is hard. People find they can do tiling themselves, stock up on the right tools from online stores like Stonex and then go about tiling every corner possible in their home. It’s understandable – once you get on a roll you want to repeat and repeat. A good designer knows when to draw the line. Speaking of tiling, if you’ve noticed that the grouting needs a little touch-up, it could be as simple as using a grout sealant to get the job done.

bathroom counter fimera

bathroom counter and mirror fimera

bathroom shower fimira

bedroom fimera

Thanks!

-Ava

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Small Interiors

A Loft Design with a Difference

living room YoDezeen

A client’s passion leads to a design idea. A spiky idea!

This example of loft design has a unique theme. It is based on a desert. But what makes it really intriguing is that it is in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine. Not much desert around that neck of the woods I hear you muttering.

YoDezeen, an architectural design company based in Kiev, was responsible for this project. Their client liked rare cactuses – particularly from Southern and Northern America. The whole interior was influenced by his hobby of collecting and caring for these plants.

They then took centre stage in the theme of the loft design. A desert colour palette was used and industrial lighting and ceilings were introduced to give a resemblance of the harsh naturalness of the environment. Wow. It worked.

The cacti were placed behind a glass partition separating the open-plan area of the kitchen, dining room and living area with the bedroom.

Take-out ideas for you:

  1. Colour theme used throughout and not varied.
  2. Industrial look along with comfy furniture turned the open space into a warm and inviting hub.
  3. Use of natural materials adds to the overall atmosphere.
  4. Ingenious lighting gives off an exotic feel.
  5. Unobtrusive cabinetry opens up the space to give the impression of a larger area than actually is.
  6. Lack of clutter, clean lines and minimalist furnishings open up the small loft space.
  7. Change of flooring in the entrance hall demarcates the space and lifts it.
  8. Use of a beautiful poster above the bed of a desert theme reinforces the overall effect and makes the room feel “real”.
  9. Back lighting on shelving adds depth and interest to the display.
  10. A widely proportioned sitting area decorated with back-to-back sofas. Good thinking

Want to try this concept by accenting your home centralised around something that you are passionate about?

What about an Ocean Themed Loft, or a Forest Themed Loft?

Stick to one singular focussed theme and keep it uniform throughout – it really is a unique and clever idea.

 

 

Thanks! Hope you liked it!

-Ava

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Small Interiors

Creativity in Your Home Comes from Trust

S&A Design Living room

Yes, it is about trusting your own instincts

I have been travelling again. On the web that is. No time off on tropical islands just as yet. As all who know me will testify to my passion for finding new and inspiring sites that highlight good design in a home.

On my last trip, I came across S&A Decor in Toronto.

I stopped at this spot was because I think they are on the right track. They have blatantly stated on their website that they embrace “your” brave design ideas. Let me tell you a story from a well-travelled enthusiast – this does not happen often that a design company will gladly work around your instincts and bravery or lack thereof; S&A Décor will help you gain enough courage to follow your instincts. Great!

Some tips on how to get their type of look – gathered from fab examples of their work.

I hope you find them inspirational.

1.Proportions – essential décor items

Whether you follow Feng Shui design principles or not – proportions and pragmatism (2P’s) are clearly shown in this home to best effect. You may not entirely agree on the décor of a room.
Ignore that for the time being. Train your eye to seek out the balance of the space:

  • ceilings are heightened
  • floors are made to look like deep pools of shimmering water
  • walls are treated in natural textures to add depth, curtains are hung to maximise height,
  • lighting is used to reflect space and so on.

S&A design small living room

2.Detail but not clutter

Do not confuse the two. These examples show just how to get the look. The whole apartment is characterised by a sense of airiness, space and light. The idea of less clutter is shown in the beautiful hardwood flooring that you can get from True Hardwoods or similar, as well as the face brick/stone walls, high gloss cabinetry and mirrors next to the fireplace. Cosiness is introduced with a lovely thick rug, comfy furniture, silky cushions and clever lighting. If you would like to create a similar ambience in your own home, then it might be helpful to reach out to an electrician to work out the best possible lighting options for your space. Accordingly, for more information about how an electrician can help you to choose the best possible lighting for your home, head to: electricworkforceinc-il.biz/service-areas/oak-brook/. Ultimately though, an open floor plan home needs to have definition within the different zones. The open shelving allows various collections to be displayed but not in an overly filled way.

kitchen area S&A design

bedroom S&A design

Colour themes, schemes accents and dreams

Subtle. Gently does it. This is what is really apparent in this example of high design. The use of subtle colours is often called “neutral”. But neutral can equal boring. So, be careful in your selection. This home has used stone like walls to accent the entire space as have many other homes. Faux and stacked stone has become incredibly popular in recent years as they can add depth and texture to a wall with ease. Plus, this faux stone is often easy to install too, creating a quick and painless installation process. Blues and greys. Browns and light creamy yellows all give the home a natural flow in a subtle finish. The overall effect is of one room flowing into the other. Metal, mirrors and glass give strong accents.

zenn decor S&A design

Fireplace S&A design

Thanks for reading!

-Ava

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Small Interiors

Looking for Ways to Make Your Small Rooms Feel Bigger?

Here are 5 small space design tips to turn you puddle into a pond and at very little cost and you never know, you may just get kissed by a frog.
Sometimes all you need to do, and I suppose this is easier said than done, is to change the way you look at things. If you do this, the things you are looking at will change.

1. Always think Tall. Tops of walls and ceilings.

Draw the eye up. That is the trick. Once you have managed to do that the taller the room looks. Yes, it is an illusion, but then we are talking about tricks. And you want to trick the eye. So in this instance the top part of the walls and the ceiling has been well papered in a lovely pale geometric grey. Added to this is a very well suited light feature that automatically makes you look up.
white open country doors with windows

2. Lighten to brighten. Walls, doors, floors and ceilings. Brighter to bigger.

Red brick wall in small kitchen
White and red brick in little trendy kitchen

The walls, doors, cornicing and ceiling are light. This allows the natural light coming from a fairly small window to seem more prolific than it actually is. Additionally, you can invest in good wall light fixtures that give some more light into the room from a standing height, rather than false light coming from above in a ceiling light fixture. This will give the impression that the walls are brighter than they actually are, especially if you are to choose a darker wall colour. The light toned grey wall, and the natural light brick all add to the feeling of a bright and breezy kitchen. Bold use of charcoal grey for the counter tops give the whole space a nice crisp look.

Darker colours on feature walls can make a room feel cosier and add a wonderful depth to the space. Just remember that dark absorbs light it does not reflect it. So always be aware of the trade-off between adding a dark, bold dash of colour to sacrificing light. You can always try painting a wall a different colour – a pot of paint is not going to cost you much and if you don’t like it – change it.
I like to experiment with colours so I very often get my paint shop to give me small pots to work with and I live with the different colours painted in small swatches. I watch and observe. Very often the right colour will come to the fore.

But remember there is no wrong or right. This is your space and you need to feel comfortable.

3. Think out of the box. Use clever wall paper.

There are numerous places that you can search for fab wall paper to brighten up a space. So before you hit the paint shop, perhaps you should do some searching for ideas. They can be quite expensive, but the overall effect is simply stunning. Perhaps you won’t be able to live with it forever, but it will most definitely be a major talking point and focus in your small room.

A bright and breezy one like this really adds depth to a room and makes it look so much larger.
I recently applied a tree and meadow scene to a small dark room and it has made the space look so much bigger. At night choose clever lighting to really add a different dimension.

For instance, why not install recessed perimeter light strips, alongside some repositionable spotlights to cover all bases? If you are unsure about which lighting would look best in a smaller room, an electrician can help you to determine the best possible way to brighten up the space.

Accordingly, to learn more about how an electrician can help to turn your lighting dreams into a reality head to: safeandsoundelectric.com/old-greenwich-ct/. Above all researching a few different lighting options can help you to make the right decision for your room.

Sky 3D Wallpaper
Sky 3D Wallpaper

This example of wall paper on the ceiling shows how you can brighten up a room, adding a whole new dimension. We very often just forget about the ceiling and paint it the normal white. Think where you eye can be drawn to and very often it is the ceiling. The effect that is has in the shelving nook is great as it adds a sense of depth and interest to the space.

4. Place furniture strategically – this often means away from the walls.

If you can, and it will very often go against your decorating style, think about pulling your furniture at least a few centimetres away from the walls. Don’t if you can help it, place your couches right against the walls. This illusion will make the room seem larger and more open. Try it, it really works.
If furniture is pushed right up against a wall it will feel cramped. Your objective is to get away from this in a small room.

Ideally, if you have enough space put a narrowish something behind, a shelf or a narrow console table will do the trick. You can then decorate on top of it – which gives you depth and of course you could add a lamp of two there
livingroom with a grey couch

5. Elongate at every opportunity

Again, we are talking illusion. Note the clever use of wall paper in this small bedroom. Two walls are papered in vertical stripes to give a sense of height and balance the very steep ceiling. The bed footboard is vertically striped steel ensuring that a boxy look to the bed is not achieved.
Bedroom with verticle black and white wallpaper
vertical stripes in this small cloakroom give a sense of spaciousness and the accompanying gilded light and mirror really add to a sophisticated feel.
small bathroom with vertical striped, black and white wall paper
These striped curtains in an entrance hall really add a bit of drama and accentuate the door. They have been placed quite high above the door frame to draw the eye forever upwards and after all, that is the one big trick of the trade.

Black and white, vertically striped curtains
Right, so now you are the princess in your pond and you can live happily ever after.
We will be back soon with more space enlarging ideas for you to use.
Remember – be bold. No frog is going to kiss a meek and mild decorator.

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Bathroom Small Interiors

Small Bathrooms with Big Personality

Decorative details make a bathroom more personal. And more comfortable. By adding small touches, you can turn your bathroom into a place of beauty and where you can wallow away happily in your own space.

1. Have a seat

small bathroom with rocking chair

By adding some furnishings to your bathroom you immediately create a sense of luxury. No reason why you can’t introduce a plush chair upholstered in some beautiful linen. It also adds a practical dimension to the space – after all isn’t it nice to be able to fling your silk dressing gown onto something luxurious. Additionally, some people struggle with getting changed due to poor mobility so this could really help. On top of that, it might be worth looking at the AHM Installations website if you feel that you would benefit from a walk in style bath or shower. A stylish chair and perhaps a small side table will give your bathroom a brand new look. You can find something at a contemporary furniture shop or you could, of course, re-upholster an old chair that has been sitting around with nothing to do. Search antique shops for something special – they very often have smaller furniture than the more contemporary shops and a lick of paint and a bit of gilding will transform an old chair perfectly for the bathroom.

2. Mark the space with a bench

small bathroom with plush rug

Add some comfort and luxury to your bathroom with a lovely rug and an upholstered bench. Think big here – the fabric could either be matchy-matchy with your towels or tiles, but it could look sensational if you went a little off-beat and chose something bright like a lime green or chartreuse. A good upholsterer can advise you on how to really bring it to the fore; perhaps some deep buttoning or some tassels. A bench or a chair makes the perfect spot to drape your clothes on, or simply to sit and titivate.

3. On the big screen

bathroom with framelwss shower

In small spaces, you should really go or frameless showers. It will keep the look open and make the space feel so much larger. It is also a good idea to have the tiles on the floor – and please make them special – it is after all only a small space in which you are working, to run the whole way through into your frameless shower. This will draw the eye to the end of the space and make it look larger than it actually is.

4.Walls and all

Again to create a sense of space and add interest to your shower, consider tiling the floor and the walls with the same tiles. Mosaics are very in these days and they come in some really striking colours and shapes. Add into the mix a fabulous hand painted tile – perhaps in a recess or where you want your toiletries to sit. This will draw the eye to something special in the space and give it an individual personality. Tile shops as I am sure you are aware, can be quite daunting with their array of choices.

5. Don’t sweat the wet

Bathroom with wet room

If your bathroom can allow for it – it is a fabulous idea to have what is the rage at the moment – a wet room. This is where you can enclose your shower and bath by glass panels. This makes for quite a cosy effect and allows the vanity and dressing area to keep dry. Best of all would be if you can incorporate a skylight above the enclosed area. That will be the pièce de résistance! Skylights in bathrooms give an amazing feel to the space and of course, let in some natural lighting and you will feel very relaxed and special in your personal bathroom boutique.

6. Add some shelf life to the space

Bathroom with shelving

This is both practical and personal. I recently helped with a renovation of a bathroom and although it was small we were able to add an old shelving system to the back wall. The shelving was painted white and the back wall was duck-egg blue (one of my favs at the moment). Carefully curating ornaments on the shelve added a furnished feel to the space and it worked really well. You should also carefully consider where you place your bathroom’s vanity unit. If you want to make your bathroom look bigger, the placement of a vanity unit can be the deciding factor of how big your bathroom looks. For examples of the different vanity units that available, be sure to visit bathroomsandmorestore.co.uk to see what they offer!

Always be on the lookout when browsing through second hand or antique shops. You will be amazed at what a lick of paint can do and how simply it can add a decorated feel to your room. You are not – I hope – going to be spending a fortune – so it doesn’t quite work trash it or give it away!

7. Turn your bathroom into a gallery

Bathroom gallary

Think framed mirrors, pictures and plates. If you keep the walls neutral, a fabulously gilded framed mirror will look sensational as will your pictures framed in a similar style. Again, look through those shops and your scrounging will pay off. I also like black and white themes in a bathroom. White walls with black or charcoal grey framed mirrors and pictures make for a very stylish feel to the space. Old plates can look fab too and they are not going to break your piggy bank.

8. Room with a view – if you have it flaunt it

Bathroom with a view

If you are in a fortunate position to have your shower or bath with a view, then you should seriously consider shutters in the space. They can be cleverly manoeuvred to close the bottom section to screen you off and give you privacy, and to have the upper section open to the view. This is especially important when choosing a window for your bathroom that is particularly open, like bay windows; if you can see out, people can most likely see in! You can find good info on the cost for bay windows shutters at The Great British Shutter Company for your chance to preserve your privacy. The shutters can be opened to let in the natural light when you are not using the shower to prevent rust. This will add a new dimension to the small space and really make it feel larger. It might also be worth checking out Money Expert (https://www.moneyexpert.com/gas-electricity/) for a fantastic home energy quote so you can put more money into improving your bathroom and home.

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Living Room Small Interiors

Small Living Room Layout Ideas

And no, you don’t have to spend a fortune to do this

The number one trick in home decoration is to make you happy and confident about the space in which you live and your living room, although small, is for relaxing and on the odd occasion for entertaining. If you’ve just recently moved from a bigger space, you may be in need of the services provided by Holloway Storage Sydney and likewise services offered by local companies to you.
Remember that the main trick, is to trick the eye! You need to do this to make the room appear more spacious – even it if is small, little tricks played can help tremendously. You want a pleasing space and one which maximises light and airiness.

Think:

  • Scale
  • colour
  • weight

Here are some tricks of the trade to make your living room feel more spacious.

Decorating Trick No. 1. Don’t over clutter and make sure your furniture fits the scene

You don’t have to go and weigh each piece of your furniture – just look at it in terms of its context within the room.

Visual weight is what I am speaking about. This is the heaviness – both perceived and real of the piece of furniture. What can affect visual weight are things like – (obviously) the size, the colour, the design and the height of the piece.

Heavier pieces of furniture will constrict a room. You don’t need this “boa” effect. Trash it, or move it elsewhere.

Select lightweight as opposed to boxy and chunky. Furnishings that don’t block out views or other pieces, will automatically open up the area.

I have got one of the handmade rugs Bazaar Velvet to make my room look bigger than it is.

An ottoman in front of a window is a good way to see out, yet still have somewhere to sit. Ottomans are my best 2017 pieces – especially for small rooms. My husband designed one for our holiday home and I gulped at the thought because they reminded me of Granny Furniture. But I think it works like a treat and a fab place to have a siesta on a hot afternoon overlooking the view.

  • Paler colours are better than dark ones
  • Pieces that have legs are better than the boxy look – if you can see under it – cool
  • Use as much glass or Perspex – these will seem to take up less space than chunky wooden one
  • Any furnishings that allow you to see over them, or allow other pieces to be seen are preferable
  • Declutter and open up

Decorating Trick No. 2. Use mirror, mirrors on the wall

If you are anything like me, you don’t like mirrors that are in-your-face and over the top.You need them though, not in great big bold casino type décor, just subtly placed in strategic spots in the room. this will make a big difference in that they will make it look more spacious, and add a nice bit of cosiness especially at night when other lights are reflected off them.

I always have a bunch of candles in front of mine and they make the room feel relaxed and very special.

Always put a plant, or flowers or some form of decorative piece in front of them and they will shine brightly and double up on the effect!

Decorating Trick No. 3. Roaming eyes will look upwards and onwards

If you happen to have higher ceilings than the norm – you are in a fortunate position because you can draw the eye of the beholder upwards and this gives a sense of spaciousness you need. Make the most of it by using interesting paint techniques and lighting.

Another way is to always install floor-to-ceiling curtains – this will change the dimension of the room immediately. Height, length and width – the three dimensions. Concentrating on your special height will achieve the goal of making the living room more spacious. Or any room for that matter.

Roaming eyes – this is your goal.

Add some interesting artwork all the way up the wall. Don’t be intimidated – just place your pieces in a montage up and up. Those eyes will roam!

I like the way that a bookshelf above the window area has been installed – it is another clever trick to get those eyes upwards.

Decorating Trick No.4. Light windows treatments

Light, bright and breezy. If you follow this on your windows whether, in the curtains or whatever type of blind treatment you want, you will give the whole space a nice airy feel and will make the room look more spacious.

If you don’t have to decorate your windows – don’t. The less the better and sometimes bare window treatments will work really well in achieving a bigger feel to your sitting room.

Decorating Trick No.5. Small but cosy

You don’t have to do the minimalist look to achieve a sense of space in your living room. It can also feel cozy with a few pieces of furniture and clever use of lighting and colors, textures and fabrics.

This look is one of my favorites in that it is a fairly neutral (yet not drab) color palette, with the warmth coming from the clever use of lighting from the lamps and full-length windows and the use of candles (always) – these all trick the eye into a looking through the dimension of the room. When it comes to lighting, it may be worth knowing that this site has some great living room ceiling lights ideas, in case this aspect of the room needs switching up a little.

The TV on the wall is an interesting choice, as they opted to wall mount instead of using a TV unit. This adds space but reduces storage. If you’d like the idea of having a suitable unit, I’d recommend you to take a look at furniture in fashion’s TV units. You’ll get an idea of whether any would suit your small space, helping you to make a judgment on whether a unit or wall mount would be more suitable. Another interesting point is the coffee table. This feature is also serving as another seating piece and one you should always bear in mind when you have a small space in which to work.

There will be many more tricks of the trade to share with you but take note:

You will have reached perfection in your design choices only when you have nothing really more to take away from the room, rather than anything more to add.

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Bedroom Small Interiors

Small Master Bedroom Ideas – Be the Master of Your Space

Small master bedrooms do not equate to small comfort. In fact, on many of my travels, I have felt the most discomfort in large, bland and characterless bedrooms. Look, one has to be able to move in a room, that is for sure and the thought of ever going back to those cheap European hotels where you have to unpack your suitcase in the corridor and dress in the stairwell does not excite me anymore.

I am happier in a normal-sized room – but if you have a small master bedroom, don’t stress. After all, there is not much that you can physically change unless of course, you are in a fortunate position to bash a wall down or heighten the ceiling for instance.

Follow these simple tricks of the trade to pimp up your compact bedroom into a bigger one.

It is a simple list you need to follow for the basic decoration of a bedroom – especially if on the small side.

  • Comfort is the number one priority
  • Keep colours light, bright and soothing – yet interesting
  • Furniture needs to be multifunctional with as much storage space as possible
  • Get rid of anything that is of no practical use
  • Keep everything clean – use Bissell products to do so
  • It can be furnished luxuriously by taking out rather than by adding
  • Use reflective surfaces as for instance in a mirrored cupboard treatment
  • Make the most of the dimensions – think height, length, and breadth

Tip # 1
Look for The Positives in The Small Bedroom Space

Bedrooms must be special places, so look for opportunities that will allow you to do a bit of boudoir dressing. This lovely natural fiber bed set is displayed to its best in a neutral setting, but with the addition of eye-catching bold print cushions that tie in with the artwork on the walls a lovely touch of color is added. The use of plants adds to the naturalness of the space and the clever use of glass side lamps gives a deceptive feeling of space where the natural light can shine in. It is simple and Classic and will not date:

Tip # 2
Focal Not Vocal

Don’t let things compete for attention in your master bedroom. Concentrate on what is naturally the focal point of the room – but you don’t need to shout about it. Being too overpowering or too vocal is not good. You don’t want an impression of jumble – you want rather create a sense of hierarchy where a melding of points of focus occurs.
Generally, in small bedrooms, the center point or focus is the head of the bed. This is where you can layer colors and textures and heights. You can also try to use tech accessories as furniture, or vice versa. iBeani make tablet pillows that can be used to support your tablet, as well as for plonking your head on when you need asleep. Great use of space and a nice piece of furniture!

In this instance, the bed is competing with the window for a focal point. So, the thing to do is choose one of these and not both. Here the bed has been decorated with fabulous spotty linen resting on a simple yet effective bed head and the window treatments are almost non-existent; it recedes into the background gracefully. The eye is drawn to the interesting treatment of the bed which has been made to look the hero of the room, not the bed and the window. It gives a light airy feel and most definitely opens up the small space in the bedroom.

Tip # 3
Small Rooms Need Mirrors or Anything That Can Reflect Light

Yes, same old cliché – use mirrors on your walls, and on your furniture and on your cupboards and so on and hence forth. These are the saving grace of small room interiors. They also add a bit of boudoir boutique glamour.
The back wall of this bedroom could easily have been plastered and painted, but what in interesting feature this open brick work is allowing for a contemporary yet old-world space. And to add glamour an oversized mirror as the backing to the bed is simply a fabulous bedroom idea that makes a very big statement.

The touch of the chandelier lights as bedside lights gives it a feeling of sophistication.

Tip # 4
Give an Illusion of Height

In this bedroom, the corona placed from the ceiling tricks the eye into an upward movement and it gives an illusion of height in the space. You can have a fancy one or as in this example, a simple white voile does the trick. It adds impact, height, and interest.
Note the bold use of color behind the bed from which the white corona is splayed to perfection.

Tip # 5
Open it all Up

You must consider, again I am repeating this, the dimensions of the room. Don’t go out and buy the biggest bed, with accompanying box-like bedside tables. It might look comfortable in the shop, and you may have dreamed of owning one all your adult life, but if it doesn’t fit, it will make you feel very cramped and constricted in all other aspects of decorating that small bedroom.
In this instance, the iron bed with a non-intrusive backing and footboard allows for a more spacious feel. And, yes, it fits in with the dimensions of the room, neither detracting from the high ceilings nor cramping the unusual ceiling angle of the corner of the room.
It looks cozy, yet practical. The open plan shelving and the glass tables also add to a less cluttered look. Note the use of the difficult space in the back corner – the perfect hideaway for that unsightly and cumbersome TV.
A simple rug or two on the floor again adds spaciousness to the bedroom.

Tip # 6
Headboards Don’t Take Up Space – They Make Up for It in Their Impact!

Yes, I am afraid so. You have to go and invest in a headboard. A master bedroom, no matter what size needs one.
They have a big visual impact and can be creative yet simple. The taller the headboard the taller the room will look. You can go wild on this element in a room, but I like this simple yet elegant one that does not compete with the geometric wall paper nor the window treatment.

Tip # 7
Go Forth, Be Brave and Have Fun!

And let us not forget to save some money while making the most out of our bedrooms. My friend recently switched their energy bills through Simply Switch.

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Bathroom Small Interiors

Small Bathroom Floor Plans and Tips to Create a Unique and Cool Space

If we are going to rank “attention to detail in the home”, bathrooms fall just behind kitchens.

So folks, get your bathrooms up to scratch. No point in having a fab newly decorated home and ignore the bathroom. This space is not only for getting clean and spruced up, it is supposed to be a place where there is a bit of a “Wow” factor. Remember, the layout and the finishes in the bathroom are not dictated by size.

Having no real limitations on design then, there is no excuse for a tatty and drab bathroom.

Tip No. 1. Standard size measurements – understand how they can work for you.

The common layout in a compact bathroom is all based around one plumbed wall where the fixtures are operating off one source of water supply and outlet drain. This is purely an efficient way of operating in a bathroom, as it saves on all the plumbing required as well as the distribution of the heated water supply.
So before you rush off and start planning all sorts of fixtures across all walls, first work out your plumbing layout and then work within the following guidelines for bathroom fittings. If you need any further guidance or information regarding your plumbing, it might be a good idea to have a look at a somewhere like https://www.emergencyedinburghplumber.co.uk for more information.

Bath:

Standard = 152 cm long x 76 to 81 cm wide. The depth can vary between 35 to 50 cm.
If your bath is mainly for showering, a shallower one might be best. But if you intend to use it primarily as a bath then you might invest in a deeper one.

Toilets:

Minimum is 76 cm wide, but best your work with a space of between 81-91 cm. you need about 61 cm of space in the front of where your toilet is placed. In older homes or apartments this may not be the case, but if you are renovating then you will need to keep this in mind as there are regulations on this.

Shower:

If you are choosing to have your bath as your shower as well you will need to consider how high the glass enclosure should be. If there is a steam-function, then the glass must reach the ceiling and be completely enclosed. Otherwise, the top should reach about 193 cm above the floor.

If you have enough space for a separate shower – the bigger the better. If it cannot swing a wet cat in it, do not fit it in. Glass showers are all the rage at the moment, as they make a bathroom seem bigger than it actually is and fit in with almost any room style! You can have the floor flush with the floor of the bathroom which gives a nice barrier-free design or you can go for a curb to define the parameters of the shower. A curb is normally about 8-10 cm high and 10-15 cm wide. Consider looking at walk in showers as well. This will give you further ideas on how to save space in your bathroom, whilst keeping it fashionable, trendy and useful.

Single basin or sink:

Minimum is 76 cm. A comfortable size is between 91-107 cm.

Double basins or sinks:

If you really need them then you can work within 152 cm minimum, but 183 cm is a better, more comfortable dimension.

Counter height:

These vary from 81 to 91 cm.

Medicine cabinet:

The depth of these need to be about 10-13 cm and between 9-11 cm for the interior shelving. Most prebuilt ones are about 46 cm wide and 76 cm high.

Towel rail:

These are normally about 91 to 107 cm above the level of the floor. If you are wanting to use larger bath towels, then it is best to set them at between 122 to 127 cm high.

Ceiling:

Most ceilings in smaller bathrooms, on average, are about 244 cm high.

Mirror/top of the tiles and window alignment:

It is a good idea to get your lines in a row. So it is a good idea to have the top of the mirror and the top of the tiling in the shower area all in line with the top of your window. This works by getting your eye to look upwards encompass all heighten aspects. It gives a cleaner look.

Tip No. 2. Draw out your shape and fit your fittings accordingly.

Just as I have done here – fairly simple arithmetic and a simple layout will give you a picture of what you can fit into your space. And by disciplining yourself to do this you can then have a better understanding of how to brief your architect or builder, (or partner in R&R renovation and renewal!).

Tip No. 3. Once you have worked out your dimensions and know what you are dealing with do some homework and upgrade your finishes.

You are saving on swings and roundabouts here. Less material needed, may allow you to upgrade your finishes. That means you can have really fab floor tiles, or the latest modern taps and showerhead. These do make a big difference, so it is really well worth the investment. The lighting fixtures placed on both sides of the mirror will give a sense of glamour to your daily grooming (and after all don’t we all need a bit of that dears?) and the natural wooden shelving gives a nice clean solution for storage. You could spend this money you’ve saved on something like windows if they need replacing. James Hardie Denver has a selection of windows worth a look. Windows are very important as you want your bathroom to be light and bright and ventilation is vital due to the warm and wet nature of a bathroom.

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Bedroom Small Interiors

Three Tricks to Transform that Small Master Bedroom into Something More Spacious

You can’t create more space in your small master bedroom, without putting a ten-pound hammer to work, but you can give the illusion of a bigger space. Here are some ideas to wave that magic bigger-wand of yours without getting outside contractors in to do the job.

Do you need a look that looks big? Simple tricks coming up and they won’t pull on your purse strings. They are fairly simple tips and nothing too drastic on your purse strings.

Want this?

Small master bedroom with windows

Got this?

small and narrow bedroom

Well, my friends, help is in the magic wand hand of yours. Take some advice and go out with confidence and simply wave that small bedroom space of yours away.

Designer Trick No. 1
“Mild” Colours. Not “Bland” or “Neutral” You have heard this over and over from me – but I think in Black/White/Grey/Nude and then I repeat it. These colours make walls disappear and you will believe in the magic wand if you paint in mild hues. A receding wall is what you are after to create that more spacious look. The cooler the hue the more receding, the warmer the hue the cosier the space becomes. Remember that with most colours you get a warm tone, and a cool tone. So, select your theme, and then decide on the tone for whatever effect you are after. Whatever colour you decided to paint you room, you want to make sure that all the furniture will be safe in the process. You can cover it with a white sheet. But you could also look into using storage units in perth to keep your furniture safe from any paintwork that you are getting done. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a storage unit near you too, no matter where you live. Once the work is complete, you can retrieve all your possessions. You’ll finally have the room that you have always dreamed of, just with a simple change of colour.

Using a cool white with a splash of cool grey gives this bedroom a spacious look. It is very Scandinavian, which is very contemporary at the moment. You have to be brave to do this and of course very controlled – no, you cannot add that crochet grandma’s blanket with a million and one colours. Not in this look and feel. This colour scheme makes the room look bright and breezy.

small master bedroom

The incorporation of the small dressing table/mini office is a clever way of utilising space in this small room. Imagine if this section were in an array of different colours and tones – it would make it look cluttered and messy.

Designer Trick No. 2
Go up up and away…

My very best thing in a house is a high ceiling. They are very special and if you have them be very grateful – these can add a massive design effect if cleverly used.

The delightful big and bold monochrome wallpaper on the bedside wall adds a completely different dimension and tricks your eye into thinking there is more to come in this space. The natural light does help to add to this effect.

Many designers would insist here on a tall bed with a possible 4 poster effect, but I believe that the wallpaper does the job just perfectly on its own. By fiddling with the height and structure of the bed in this room, would in my opinion, be too much – you may be adding too much heft to the space. Rather keep it simple.

That is not to say though that in a different shaped room with a tall ceiling you can’t proportion up your bed. You most certainly can. It all depends on the shape of the room.

The beautiful height of this bedroom allows for a very detailed and heavy look back-panelling and headboard. Note the use of the chandelier and the clever lighting to add further depth. The eye is automatically drawn upwards to the interesting ceiling space and the well-proportioned overall feel detracts from the fact that the room is narrow.

Designer Trick No. 3
Be Bold. Or Italic. Never Regular!

Obviously, we know that paler, cooler hues on the walls and lighter in scale furniture makes a bedroom look more spacious. That’s why you keep an eye out for it when you look for Modern Furniture Toronto. But, yes we know, there are exceptions to the rule; bigger and bolder can very often work in a small spaced bedroom.

Take for instance this small bedroom which has a four poster bed and bold colours scattered throughout the space. The grey backdrop emphasises the natural earthy tones of the bed.

The furniture here stands out in a bold fashion. You are drawn firstly to this piece and not to the surrounding small space. It has a wow-effect and double whammy by tricking you into thinking the bedroom space is larger than it actually is. So the constraints of the space are overwhelmed by the larger than norm bedroom furniture. If you are thinking of redecorating your bedroom furniture then it might be a good idea to check out something like this Bedroom Furniture by Hudson to give you a better idea of what you could do to your bedroom.

One thing I found difficult to get right was finding the perfect mattress. When we purchased our new bed, we decided it was the right time to change our mattress too! We ended up making a list of the things we liked about them, and the things we didn’t like to help us make our final decision. Some websites did this for us, such as casper vs leesa which saved us so much time. In the end, we managed to find the one right for us, and I just couldn’t wait to get everything together.

The pairing of the bold colours of the cushions and accessories with a simple white linen bed cover, adds a sense of drama and also tricks the eye away from the dimensions of the small space. I couldn’t have been happier with how it looked.

small bedroom colour ideas

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Kitchen Small Interiors

How to Make Your Small Kitchen Look and Feel Bigger

Wanting to create more space in your simple kitchen to give it a bigger feel? These simple kitchen ideas will help. If you are renovating your small “can’t-swing- a-cat-in-it” kitchen and are not able to add or move walls, you need to take some design advice that will help you in establishing a bolder and more impactful look. Some people decide to try and achieve this look through building their own kitchen cabinets. Creating that bolder look by deciding to buy a stainless steel flat bar and create bolder cabinet door handles. There are a bunch of different ways to achieve this bolder look. Most of all, though, a look that looks big.

They are fairly simple tips and nothing too drastic on your purse strings. I recall when my husband and I first moved in together he took one look at the kitchen which to me looked like a shoe box and regaled – “Perfect. Only one cook and bottle washer in this kitchen at one time and clearly it is not going to be me!” That is so not the case today and we are constantly reminded that no matter what the size or shape of the home, the kitchen is still one of the most important rooms in the house. In my dealings with small space design, the kitchen is the focal point of a home! And will be for a long time to come. Within all these tips, I am starting with a clean palate and suggesting that you focus on using lighter colours. Before you do anything then, select a group of complimentary hues that are, what I refer to, as MILD. Neutral is too bland for me. Mild allows you to feel the space and be happy in it. This does not mean you can’t have a bright red fridge or yellow bar stools, it means that the feel of the surround is calm and peaceful. A mild colour palette will open up the space and visually add dimension and light. I recently was involved in a pink-hued kitchen. Wow – it turned out to be fabulous! Who would have thought about doing this a few years ago?

Designer Tip No. 1

Space and light and order. Trash and rehash to make the most of your natural light. Yup folks, spend the money and get rid of any dinginess in any cabinetry, countertops or floors. Kitchens cannot be dingy; they must be clean and orderly. Small kitchen colours I am assuming here that you have some natural light in your kitchen coming from a window. This is a huge plus and must be honoured with pride of place and treated as a focal point. The colour of the cabinets should be, as I say, mild and this will allow reflection to take place from the natural light. The latest fad is to go for grey-whites or green-whites to achieve the look of scandinavian white kitchens. A hint of colour to a white foundation will add a touch of warmth and prevent the dreaded stark feeling of a space. We may differ here, but stark is not in my vocabulary when you are designing an interior. Stark is for hospitals and morgues. Add a touch of texture here with similar hued tiles, or plank-flooring and a graphic printed fabric on the window or as in this instance a fabulous splashback to adds a sense of prismatic colour.

Designer Tip No. 2

Streamline the look by integrating appliances and using similar materials. Country kitchen Face the fact that you cannot have that country kitchen that you have always yearned for. But you can achieve, within a very small space an open and clean feel by utilising the same materials throughout. A small-scale kitchen needs to be as streamlined as possible to open the area and allow you to have as much counter space to work on. You might find that one way to get more counter space is by investing in a dishwasher, such as this spt sd 2201 to help you save on space when you need to clean your dishes. Think about tucking the microwave and coffee machine into a cupboard and hide the fridge behind a cleverly designed wall panel. If you are looking for some compact kitchen appliances, then take a look at review sites such as https://buyersimpact.co.uk/ for some inspiration. Ask yourself where you will put any other gadgets out of the way, but mostly ask yourself do you actually use all your gadgets and hand-me-down pots and pans? Will you one day have only the top of the range stuff and not a medley of bric-a-brac? By using the same material, i.e. in this instance wood/white cabinetry and countertops you will immediately achieve a feeling of symmetry and one theme throughout. You can always choose a different colour for the base cabinets and the top ones – just remember to work within the same palette of colours.

Designer Tip No. 3

Upper cabinets can be upped and away sometimes. If you have smart cabinets below that are able to efficiently tuck away your kitchen necessities, then ask yourself if it is really necessary to have upper cabinets that in many instances are design obstructions rather than efficient storage. I am totally in favour of hanging artwork in a kitchen. But you do sacrifice that upper cabinet. You weigh it up. I think that open shelves give a much lighter and interesting design to a kitchen. You can of course, not put your artwork on the walls, but rather fill the shelves with beautiful ceramics, herbs, cookery books and your collection of antique teapots, for instance. Quirky and artistic. Like the rest of your home. Small kitchen with bright colours