Space is greatly appreciated, especially with the minimum land and increasing demand that exists in Singapore. So it is not a surprise that everyone is looking to maximize space.
Whether you live in a private property, condo, or HDB, you’d be surprised at how interior design could improve your home and maximize space.
In this article, we have gathered a few Interior Design Tips to Maximise Space. Let’s take a look at these tips:
1. Choosing Shapes and Sizes
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Choosing your furniture to match your carpet may be important. But what is more important is to have a comfortable home.
When it comes to your living room, a dining table is one of the most essential pieces of furniture as it brings people together. Family members and guests alike come over to the table, sit there, and gather around to eat.
Choosing an appropriate dining table might be confusing at times due to the various options that are available in the market. Matching a dining table with a kitchen interior is essential, however, so choosing one of suitable shape and size would maximize space in the kitchen or living room.
Consider the approximate amount of people who would use the table, so do not get a table bigger than necessary as this would result in unnecessary expenses.
An excessively large table would also take up more space, making the living room or kitchen appear smaller than it should.
When space is limited but the function is needed, consider round tables. There is no limit to how many people can sit around a round table, so it is easier to fit in seats when there are guests around or if more people need to use the table.
Rather than purchasing a square table, a round table might be more convenient and space-saving for smaller areas.
If the dining room is not used often, a foldableor expandable table could also be considered. This would help in saving some space when the table is not used.
Choosing the right shape and size for furniture is important. The next biggest furniture in a house is a sofa. It is important to consider where to put a sofa to estimate how big it should be before purchasing one.
2. Furniture Placements
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The placements of the furniture are just as important as the size. To give the illusion of more space, try to put things symmetrically. If there is a window on one side and not on the other, try to put a mirror that is approximately the same size as the window on the other side to give the room an illusion of symmetry.
Placing furniture symmetrically would give the illusion of a neater place, making it look more spacious than it actually is.
Most of the time, it is not that the room is small, but rather, the placement of furniture which could affect the ventilation inside a room. When there is little ventilation, one would feel stuffy and the room would automatically seem smaller.
One way to resolve this issue is by giving space between the furniture. Instead of placing the sofa directly against the wall, have a little space between the sofa and the wall to create some ventilation.
If there is a breakfast bar and there are not more than three people in the house, avoid purchasing an extra dining table. Placing a dining table beside a breakfast bar is simply inconvenient and would take up more space.
3. Storage Space
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Everyone is bound to have a lot of small items that are not kept properly. Things like books, small decoratives, cards, remotes, cables, and so on. Most of the time, these trinkets would end up scattered across the room.
A messy place does not save space. If you are out of space and you need to put all these trinkets away, create new storage space on your walls. Instead of purchasing a new shelf, considerbuilt-in shelves.
Building a hanging shelf is not only cheaper but would also allow you to have more storage space.
Remember to be organized and never hoard decorative items. A few decorations here and there is enough to brighten up a room. Never be excessive with your decor and keep it minimalistic to reduce the appearance of a crowded room.
Get more storage organizers to keep all your items so that there would not be any clutter. It is important to organize your items and put things back properly after usage. Keeping your place neat is another way to make your room seem less messy and increase room for ventilation.
As the famous tidying expert, Marie Kondo once said, “Clutter is caused by a failure to return things to where they belong. Therefore, storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out.”
Allowing yourself to be organized frees up more available space. Tie up cables with some cable ties to keep them neat and tidy. Put your books up on the shelves and return them there after reading.
There may be plenty of space actually available, but the surrounding clutter may have decreased the amount of space. So remember to be organized and keep things tidy.
4. Choosing Lively Decor
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When choosing the color of your furniture, try to opt for light-colored furniture. One or two darker colors can be used to accent the room, but lighter colors will reflect natural light. Dark-toned furniture tends to absorb light and make the room feel gloomy.
For the illusion of a bigger space, placing mirrors around the house is also recommended. Again, mirrors reflect natural lighting and thus would make your room feel brighter.
Natural light would elevate your room’s look, so open up your curtains and windows during the day to allow more natural light and fresh air to come in.
With natural lighting and fresh air, your house would feel less stuffy and more ventilated. A well-ventilated room would lift up your mood and give you a fresh look at your house.
Having plants would also make any room feel more alive. Placing succulents to accent the room would make it feel more lively. Succulents are also easy to keep so you would not have to worry about taking care of plants.
When purchasing decor, some people might get too excited and go overboard by purchasing too many random items. By keeping the above tips in mind, you should be able to elevate your home’s design and give it an illusion of a bigger space.
5. Hire an Interior Designer
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Most people would decide against hiring a professional interior designer with the assumption that hiring an interior designer would cost more. However, hiring an interior designer will help immensely and be more cost-saving.
Nobody knows more information on how to save space than an interior designer. Discuss your needs and budget with a professional and they will be able to help you save some space and money.
To save costs, remember to discuss your budget with the interior designer and listen to their tips on how to maximize space usage, correct furniture placements, and coordinate colors.
Here at Builderstalk, there are a lot of professional interior designers ready to help you create your dream home. Check out our website for more useful tips and ways to contact the right interior designer for your home!