How to furnish your small flat: 9 Designer tips | General

Turning a house (or a flat) into a home doesn’t have to be tricky; it all depends on how closely you abide by the sacred style rules of furnishing small spaces.

And fortunately, we’ve gathered some tried-and-tested tips from some of our busiest Interior Designers/Decorators to make your next interior design project (in a small space) so much easier…

1. Light up your walls

Bedroom in Holland Park Apartment Classic style bedroom by Decorbuddi Classic

You can’t skip the lighting factor, but you can opt for more clever ways to introduce illumination into your small spaces by focusing on the walls and ceiling instead of the floor.

That’s why it’s recommended to rather invest in wall sconces and ceiling downlighters (depending on your home style) instead of floor- and table lamps.


2. Keep furniture off the floor

White boards Scandinavian style bedroom by Pixers Scandinavian

Bulky pieces close to the floor only eat up more visual legroom. Instead, choose slim-style furnishings that are elevated a bit off the floor (hanging chair, anyone?) to make a small space look roomier.


3. Pick light colours

Richmond Full House Refurbishment Minimalist living room by A1 Lofts and Extensions Minimalist

It’s simple: dark colours can make spaces appear smaller, and light colours open them up. But for visual interest, include three colours in your main palette: two light shades for the majority of the room, and one darker colour for a (little) bit of style drama.


4. Split up space with furniture

Living Space Modern living room by Resi Architects in London Modern

Look to your furnishings and accessories to create different “zones” in your small interiors. For instance, use your sofa’s back to separate your living room from the dining/cooking zone. Or plant a bookcase between your sleeping- and working zone/home office.


5. Try a unique rug

Smiling Spirit Eclectic style living room by Pixers Eclectic

Adding an irregularly shaped rug is not just about adding detail and anchoring a room. This can ensure a sense of visual flow while also drawing attention away from the limited space.




6. Opt for transparent designs

Roland Gardens Minimalist living room by BTL Property LTD Minimalist

Adding an irregularly shaped rug is not just about adding detail and anchoring a room. This can ensure a sense of visual flow while also drawing attention away from the limited space.


7. Consider multi-purpose furniture

Light and bright! Classic style living room by CC Construction Classic

Every available centimetre counts in a small space, which is where double-duty furniture can help you save on legroom. So, instead of buying just a bed, search for one with built-in storage compartments and/or which folds into a sofa. Or purchase an ottoman (yes, also with built-in storage space) to be used as both a coffee table and extra seating.


8. Prop up pieces

Tropical Flowers: eclectic  by Pixers, Eclectic

If you’re renting or just don’t feel like putting holes in your walls, you can still display pretty pieces around your home by letting artwork, mirrors, etc. lean on shelves or against walls.

And while we’re busy with mirrors, carefully consider their placements – mirrors near windows are better at reflecting light, making small interiors look and feel more spacious.


9. Style with curves

Reflected Glory - Holland Park Renovation Classic style living room by Tyler Mandic Ltd Classic

Furniture and décor with rounded/curved edges make a space look “softer”, scare up a bit of extra legroom, plus add dimension, especially if the majority of the pieces in the room consist of sharp lines, rectangular/box shapes, etc.

Courtesy of Homify | Johannes Van Graan


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