Are Bedrooms small ? Tips by Shagufta Anurag, Chief Design Evangelist, www.livspace.com

With ever-soaring relocation to cities for work, the urban spaces are forever shrinking; making space planning and clever design more relevant than ever before. The space in a room, while may seem quantitative at first, but from a designer’s perspective — it is subjective and can be considered largely about driving perceptions. Being mindful of how you approach your interiors can indeed alter your room and make it more spacious. For a smaller-than-traditional master bedroom, you can :

 

Rethink furniture:

 

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To make any room spacious think about your furniture differently. Can folding chairs suffice your needs? Or having a bedside shelf for a table, to open up visual space while keeping the functionality intact? You can also consider a rolling table, instead of a stationary one, to allow your space to become transitional.  While these ideas hold true, some basic considerations like choosing a compact bed in lieu of a poster bed, will all save space in a small bedroom? Also, furniture with storage becomes crucial in smaller spaces.

 

Use reflective elements:

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Reflective elements like mirrors will help to open up spaces. It is a clever yet low-budget decor tip — places a full-body mirror strategically in a room; this will visually add space to the room, no matter which angle it is viewed from.

 

A clever color palette:

 

The common wisdom goes that painting your room in light colors gives the illusion of space. You can choose classic favourites like white and beige or slightly deviate with the trending greige or barely-there pastels in pink, blue, coral or mint hues for a refreshing update. Additionally, it may seem counter-intuitive, but painting one or two walls in deep rich shades of grey or aubergine can also make a room look spacious — by creating the right amount of shadows, letting natural light in and blending wall edges in one colour can cause the illusion. When going the darker way, consult a professional to get it right and choose a glossy paint finish to reflect light.

 

Vertical ideas:

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Choose ideas which draw the eye upwards. This includes picking floor-to-ceiling length curtains and vertical storage — what you lack in terms of horizontal floor space, make up for it with the wall space. For instance, a floor to wall open shelving solution is a great idea if you keep it organized and uncluttered.

 

Edit and Declutter: 

Small spaces actually give us a chance to tightly edit what we own and display. This allows only the things we absolutely love to make the cut — no unwanted extras, which is a great thing in itself. So declutter what you already own and avoid getting overwhelmed and introducing a lot of accessories. This rule applies especially to artwork, as minimally adorned walls give the illusion of space.

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