Darlings of Chelsea
Comfort Elements to Create Coziness
Finding space for your belongings and furniture takes up priority when you are living in a small space. Trying to fit everything into the tiny space does not mean you need to compromise on comfort, aesthetics and fun(and functionality). Practical thinking and clever solutions from interior decor perspective can help you achieve more with less space.
Here is a list of small things to add, remove or modify to create a big impact in creating your cozy space in small spaces.
Have you noticed during Christmas, how your home looks all better despite the weather once the christmas tree is up, without changing anything else. It all credit to the right lighting. Even though it would be difficult to have the Christmas tree up all year long(no matter how much you would love that), the first step is to invest in lamps Dark nooks and not enough lighting(but not too bright lighting) can instantly make the room look dreary and tired.
Bring in table lamps, floor lamps or wall sconces and have light bulbs in the colour temperature of 2700k- 3000k. 2700k and 3000k bulbs are both in warm light fixtures, with the former being more ideal for living room, dining room and bedrooms as the amount of blue light in 3000k is slightly higher than that in 2700k. Blue light emitting light fixtures is required where you have visual tasks and can hamper relaxation. You can also add more mood lighting through candles or battery operated candles.
Adding reflective surfaces is a no brainer when it comes to creating the illusion of space. Not just the regular mirrors, but also mirror furniture can help you achieve this. Be it a console table, media unit, add mirror or other reflective surfaces which can make the space instantly brighter and airier. If you are not a fan of regular mirrors, you can go for tinted mirrors or convex mirrors in quirky shapes. Do remember to keep it close to a light source- be it a lamp or the window.
Think functionality and avoid bulky
Having multiple utilities for a single object or furniture could easily free up space. For example having a small footstool appropriate for the living room instead of a coffee table could instantly free up space and maximise the utility. A small footstool could serve all the purposes of a coffee table, as an additional seating, it could be used for its well-intended original purpose- to put your feet up, can easily be tucked away to the corner if you need to use middle your room, even better, depending on the weight, the footstool could easily be carried to another room, if there is a need, unlike a bulky coffee table. Small footstools with storage are also handy especially during winter to store your blankets and cushions.
Another easy tip would be to avoid bulky furniture spread on the floor and make use of the wall. Instead of a bulky TV unit or media unit, hang the TV on the wall and have a slim console table or floating table with storage for storing the related knick knacks and cables. Avoid display units and use scaffolding shelves- this helps you to minimize the floor space wastage and increase the use of usually under-utilised spaces above seating (do mind your head and other, when calculating the positioning).
Even if you cannot spruce up the entire space, create corners and vignettes and style it to your taste. Utilise this space to create the mood and reflect your personality. Choose carefully and tastefully- display that piece of poster, the real or faux plant, a vase with foliage or flowers. The right amount of decorative pieces can help you achieve a comfortable and a cozy space effortlessly.
Opt for internal glass doors
Glass doors ensure a bold and interesting interior design solution to small spaces compared to the traditional doors. But the added advantage is -it optimises the distribution of light across the rooms.
Play with texture
Be it a small space or a large room, playing with textures can elevate your interior decor game instantly. Layering multiple textures in soft furnishings will enable you to create a softer and cohesive space which is inviting and cozy.
With the right lighting, furniture, colour on your walls and the tips above, you can easily create a peaceful and happy place even in the smallest of spaces.