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6 expert tips to design a narrow space

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If you live in a narrow home, one of your biggest concerns will be to free up as much space as possible for both circulation and storage. Narrow rooms do have their share of troubles when it comes to designing, however, with the right ideas you can overcome these hurdles to design a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing space. Take a look at these 6 expert tips that we have sorted for you, perhaps you might find the right inspiration here…

1. Show as much floor as possible

This house is an excellent example of a studio apartment. The heavy furniture is positioned along the long walls while the thoughtfully designed niches enable small movable furniture to be tucked in when not in use, eg. the bar stool. The walls are finished in neutral white shades as well as in light teak wood paneling while the flooring consists of dark teak boards. The contrast of the dark flooring with the white walls creates a visual illusion which emphasizes the floor and makes it look bigger, thus giving the space a larger feel.

2. Install folding furniture

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When the space is small, every square inch of space is like gold dust. In such a setting, foldable furniture proves to be an excellent investment. In the past, foldable furniture was often tacky and was difficult to maintain. However, with the advent of new technology and 3D printing, foldable furniture is getting increasingly attractive as well as efficient. You should definitely try to look for foldable options in the market before settling for a typical furniture unit.

3. Curtains instead of solid partitions

You might not be aware, but internal partitions can take as much as 20% of the space in a typical house. Replacing partitions with proper curtains might be a very effective solution if implemented properly. Not only does it save space, it offers higher flexibility as well as is much cheaper to install.

4. An appropriate color palette

This is one topic that we have always stressed upon in numerous articles. Opting for a color combination that emphasizes lighter shades is one of the effective tricks to give the space a larger feel. If you think the space is too monotonous, you can opt for adding a dash of a different shade or material, eg. wood or natural stone.

5. Play with daylight

If your house is located in a place that has lots of sunshine, you can take advantage of the natural light to give your space a larger feel. Natural light combined with light colored materials create nice combination wherein the spaces look cheerful as well as larger than they actually are.

6. Under the bed

If you have a house that has a higher than normal ceiling height, then you can think of expanding vertically rather than going horizontal. By implementing this idea where the bed can be raised up, you can create adequate space in the bedroom it to store heavy blankets, bedsheets, as well as other essentials.

If you liked this article, we are sure you would love reading A well-planned studio apartment of 27 m² that seems much bigger!

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