Category: Space Planning

Get the Most out of Small SpacesGet the Most out of Small Spaces



Exploiting Small Apartment Spaces

The fact that the space in your home might be little, doesn’t mean it needs to look and feel that way, a careful look at the room should reveal dead corners or areas that take up a significant amount of floor space, these open spaces are often located in areas such as passages, entrance lobbies, and staircase landings which could be used for a complimentary purpose such as laundry, reading nooks, craft rooms, office spaces, storage areas amongst other uses.

So how do you get the most out of these small spaces in your property?

Be furniture conscious

Large furniture can further make little spaces feel significantly smaller, rather than fill the living room with sofas, using smaller seats would do the magic. Your dining area must not house the queen’s royal table, try out smaller pieces that serve the family while still maximizing available spaces. Enhance your floor space, by letting go of large floor mats and carpets as center rugs should do just fine. Being conscious of the size and number of furniture in the room is a perfect tool in taking advantage of your small spaces.

Let your lights shine

One secret deal-breaker in interior design is lighting. Be it natural or electric, lights when used professionally provides an ambience that is second to none. Use white and natural lights to your advantage as they tend to create an illusion of a larger room. Open your windows, or use bright fluorescent lights to brighten up your space. Simple window coverings would work with the lights as it is advised to avoid dark and bold printed coverings rather than opting for a brighter coloured shade.

Get a distraction

Having a single huge painting of the Mona Lisa or an antique sculptural piece at a strategic position in your space draws significant attention away from the already small space. Having this focal point gives visitors something to gaze upon, as the eye automatically rests on the image or painting forgetting entirely how small the room is.

Use your mirror

Ever observed how hair and beauty salons tend to look larger than their actual size, this is as a result of the significant presence of wall mirrors. Mirrors give a reflective look, especially of lights, colours and images. Placing a large mirror where it gives off reflections could make the room seem larger than its actual size.

Less stuff more space

Do you need to fit all that stuff into your room, the sofa, bookshelves, dining table, television sets, computer wardrobe and the likes?  Ensure that only useful materials are allowed into the room as this helps to keep the room neat and organized, less cramped and free, allowing more legroom, openness and ease of movement. To further achieve this you can learn to improvise and use a single item to serve multiple purposes. The kitchen could also house your dining.

Taking advantage of small spaces requires a closer look at your options, figuring out what’s important and what isn’t, getting creative and applying some of the ideas as highlighted above.

5 Design Tricks to Make Your Home Look Bigger5 Design Tricks to Make Your Home Look Bigger



In recent years, it has been a trend for homeowners to knock down walls to make homes look and feel bigger. And indeed, having an open floor plan can create a sense of space and fluidity. But of course, not every home is able to do so.

Implement these 5 tips to make your house look a little bigger without having to exclude anything significant. 

Make Strategic Use of Mirrors

Putting mirrors at the right places can create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, tricking the eye into perceiving more space.

Choose Your Curtains Wisely

Avoid using dark-colored curtains or drapes. Dark and heavy drapes look bulky and can make your room look smaller. You can choose to use light window treatments such as slatted or roller blinds that can be lifted up. Make sure that the color of the curtains matches the color of your walls because contrasting colors give a cohesive and seamless effect. Alternatively, choose to use Day curtains.

Quick tip: When you install the curtain rod, make sure it extends beyond both sides of the window casing and mount the rod several inches above the top of the window so that it looks taller and wider. 

Create Flow Through Flooring

Using the same flooring design and material is proven to create the seamless visual effect that expands its dimensions, making it feel bigger than it is. If you want your home to look and feel bigger, consider using the same tiles/ vinyl flooring for the living rooms and the bedrooms. 

Cut Back On Clutter

Keeping the space tidy and organised can physically and visually open up the space. The fewer objects in a room, the airier it will feel. Scale down on bulky items and try to keep the floor as clear as possible.

This approach also applies to your walls – Don’t cover your walls with a lot of pictures. One large painting works better than a group of small paintings when it comes to making your house feel more spacious. 

Use Natural Materials

Furniture, upholstery and decorative accents made of natural materials such as rattan and jute can help a room feel more airy and open. Make sure to choose the lighter colours and add plenty of plants.

Built-in Carpentry VS Loose Furniture: Which is better?Built-in Carpentry VS Loose Furniture: Which is better?



When it comes to furniture, you have the option of getting them custom-made or shop for ready-made pieces. There are pros and cons to both. 

So how should you decide between these two options? Ask yourself these 4 questions before you decide which is better for you.

What is your budget?

Generally speaking, built-in furniture costs more than loose pieces since they are made to your specifications. You also get to choose the finishing and materials used. With loose furniture, most of the time the cost is lower as they are mass-produced. 

To make the most of your budget, you would need to do a bit of homework. Start by listing down all the furniture you need for your home. Shop around; ask for quotations for built-in pieces and browse furniture stores to check out what’s out there. Then you can decide which serves your needs and budget best.

How much lifestyle changes do you foresee in the years to come?

Think about how different your lifestyle will be in the next 5 to 10 years. Will you be having kids? Will you be doing heavy cooking? Will your parents move in with you?

If you are a young couple that’s starting to build your family, you might want to leave a room without built-ins. That way you have the flexibility of changing it from a personal gym/workout space to a baby room, and maybe in the future change it into a study room.

How much/what kind of space do you have? 

If you’re blessed with a versatile squarish layout in your home, it’s easier to get away with buying loose furniture and arranging them however you prefer. Odd angles and awkward spaces are difficult to shop furniture for. In this case, you might need to customise built-ins to maximise your space.

This is also applicable if you’re living in a small home (think newer BTOs, or condos as opposed to large resale flats). Because of the space constraint, built-ins are the way to go since they can go all the way up to the ceiling – this lets you take advantage of the vertical height, and increase your storage space.

How long do you intend to use the furniture for?

Your long term plans are also an important factor to consider, before deciding between built-ins and loose furniture. Since built-ins don’t come cheap, it doesn’t make sense to spend on these if you’re planning to sell your home and move within a short period of time. If, on the other hand, you like to keep things fresh by updating your home every now and then, then it is more practical for you to get loose furniture to keep costs low and you also won’t have a hard time giving them up later on.

Protip: It is also alright if you don’t want to rush into committing (with built-ins), you can actually do your carpentry at a later time. 

Making your decision: Which is better?

Now that you know the pros vs cons of using built-in vs loose furniture, you’ll realise it is not about which is better, but rather which is more suitable for your needs and lifestyle.

Quick summary…If you’re looking for something more pocket-friendly in the short term and more flexibility, you can go for off-the-shelf furniture. On the other hand, if you want one that can maximise space and will be cost-efficient in the long run, then the built-in option would be better for you.

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