As a landscape designer and interior designer, the challenges of designing small spaces are everyday. There are sofas and planters that do not pass through the doors, unpleasant views of neighboring buildings, and the need to maximize every square inch of real estate in the most attractive way possible. To help people who may feel overwhelmed by the idea of trying to design their own small spaces, here are some general guidelines to help you get started in designing a pro. Here they are:
A small space will feel bigger, the less there will be clutter. Having a lot of individual and independent cabinets and dressers will sometimes make the space feel smaller and more hodgepodge. Consider installing built-in and simplified cabinets to store books, clothes and other items.
Do not let any corner get lost in a small space. Make use of the vertical height of a room by having cabinets reaching all the way up to the ceiling as much as possible. Choose furniture that can serve more than one function. Retractable beds are a great way to make the space more usable for different functions – ie. Bedroom at night and office workspace a day. Mirrors can also help make the space bigger. Opt for fewer and larger pieces of furniture, rather than many smaller ones. A connection should exist between the inside and the outside of a house, so that the garden seems to flow outward as a natural extension of the space inside. It is important to create a feeling of rhythm and fluidity as transparent as beautiful.
It is interesting to see how groups of three objects generally look better than groups of two or four. For some reason, odd number matches work better and stand out more visibly than even pairings. It is easier to create symmetry in even groups, but odd numbers are more dynamic and visually appealing.
LET Y BE LIGHT
One of the most important mood influencers in a space is lighting. It is important to have a mix of tasks, accent and ambient lighting to make the space both visually appealing and as functional as possible. For an outdoor space, try to have a mix of high voltage lighting and low voltage lighting mixed with the plants themselves. For the interior, a mixture of overhead lighting and soft ambient lights is usually ideal.
WHY LONG SPACE?
Long spaces can be divided into separate "rooms" to create a more intimate and intimate feeling. Terraces and decks can easily be divided by having some of the space used for a task – ie. Eat, and another party for something else, ie. A long living room can have a comfortable conversational sitting area, and a separate area to roll alone with a good book. Furniture and rugs can be placed so as to create a separation of different spaces for the feeling of multiple rooms in one place.
COLOR SCHEMES THAT WORK
It is usually helpful to design a room or outdoor space with a dominant color in mind, with a secondary color and a third accent color. If there is existing furniture, choose colors that already exist in larger furniture models. To enlarge the space, try using the darker colors at ground level (eg, wood floors or carpets) contrasting with the light walls and furniture, with the bright ceiling, of the same way as the earth. when you look at the sky. Light colors will usually make space appear larger than darker colors. On the other hand, the dark colors will make a cozy little space – add some soft textured pieces like velvet or wool to make it even more inviting.
MIX IT UP
The contrast is one of the most important features of a good design. Square and rectangular shapes often seem more interesting when they are associated with one or two round shapes. Contrast can also be created by combining contrasting colors or using quite different textures – for example, a fluffy white pillow on a smooth leather sofa. Ask what the existing style of space is and then bring furniture and decorations that primarily fit that style, but also do not be afraid to put a few touches that are a little different. For example, a contemporary loft with lots of metal and clean lines may look more interesting with some round and soft shapes mixed for contrast.
FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS
Any well-designed space should have something that immediately catches the eye. It can work from a fireplace, from a piece of art, from a painting, from a magnificent view or from a piece of furniture – whatever it is In any case, it has the power of the stars and people can not help but look at it. The focal point will also set the mood of the room as playful, formal, traditional, contemporary, artistic, rustic, etc. Do not be afraid to use sparingly large focal points, such as a single large painting, in a small space, especially in a color that recedes (like blue) to make space appear bigger. A large piece of furniture, such as a four-poster bed, can also give the impression that the room is larger than it actually is.