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Small rooms can be cosy and inviting.

They can be spacious too – if you know how to make the most of what you have!

Just because you have less space to work with does not mean your small room cannot look as amazing as a larger counterpart. Many small room ideas involve tricking the eye into making the room appear light, airy and spacious, and work to ideas around scale and perception.

 

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KEEP IT LIGHT AND BRIGHT

It’s an oldie, but a goldie – use light colours for your walls, furniture and décor to open up the room, and avoid dark colours that tend to make a space cosier. White surfaces reflect light, as do mirrors, so utilise this wherever you can. Large windows will also help enlarge the room because your eye will be drawn out and beyond the home to the great outdoors.

 

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AVOID CONFUSION WITH TOO MANY PATTERNS

Keep things simple in a small room and let texture and colour guide your choices, rather than pattern. Too many conflicting patterns can create confusion and clutter, which will instantly shrink the perceived size of the room. Stick to bold, full-coloured items, and only use pattern on a small-scale.

 

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KEEP IT TO SCALE

A common misconception is small rooms should feature small furniture – this is not the case. Several small pieces can actually make a room appear cluttered and even smaller than what it is! You are far better off selecting one or two larger pieces and filling up the space this way – it will appear grander. Choose sleek pieces without skirted bottoms that allow you to see through to the other side. Be sure to keep furniture such as couches and coffee tables ‘floating’ as well. This means keeping them away from the walls and ensuring a person can comfortably walk past each piece, creating the illusion of more space.

 

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MULTI-PURPOSING IS YOUR FRIEND

Beds, couches, nooks and crannies are all wasted space in a home. Make the most out of it and repurpose these spaces! Beds with in-built storage underneath are perfect for hiding away mess. Coffee tables and couches are the same. If you don’t have room for your computer, a simple nook with a desk and chair is the perfect alternative! Don’t have a nook? A foldaway desk on a hallway wall is another great option! Finally, built-in shelving can create storage and display areas that won’t intrude into your space. You can also try shallow shelves above doorways and windows.

 

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR LAUNDRY

Small rooms like your laundry offer a world of space, you just don’t know it! Start by stacking your washer and dryer, and invest in new wall cabinetry to claim thi
s newly-found space instead.

How do you save space in your small rooms? Let us know in the comments below!

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Move over feature walls, colour blocking is in.
The beloved feature wall peaked in popularity around the 90’s. While there are still occasions where a feature wall can work, Haymes Paint believes the trend is becoming dated and can take away from the appearance of your home.

“Feature walls, as in one wall picked out in a room, really are a thing of the past,” Haymes Paint Colour and Concept Manager Wendy Rennie said.

What is on the rise is the method of ‘colour blocking’.

“Colour blocking allows you to layer colour through a home where a few rooms are treated differently, so some are lighter and darker in tone depending on the space, but essentially the whole room is one colour instead of one wall,” Wendy said.

“Then, other colours from soft furnishing and materials can inject colour in many different and interesting ways.”

Colour blocking allows you to add layer and depth to your home. It can add a beautiful flow, and creates subtle, seamless boundaries.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT COLOUR

 

The main ‘rule’ when selecting the paint for your home is to avoid using a colour in a room that isn’t appropriate for the space.

A perfect example of this is to really think about how the space is going to be used. If it is a calming and relaxing area, head towards soft blues, browns or greens. If you are going to be entertaining you may want more of an energetic feel, so look at your reds, oranges and yellows.

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Keep in mind that darker colours will generally make a room feel smaller, while lighter colours will make it seem larger.

“Lighter colour in living areas and open plan designs can really help make the space feel more diverse,” Wendy said. “Alternatively for second living areas or bedrooms where you prefer a more intimate feel a darker tone can really help make the room feel cosier and more inviting.”

Wendy loves the use of a monochromatic palette.

“Start with a lighter colour then progressively use darker colours through various rooms of the house as you go,” she said. “It creates a fantastic a beautiful flow throughout, adding layers and depth.”


DON’T FORGET THE FURNISHINGS

 

Another key aspect of colour blocking is utilising the colours of your furnishings.

Cushions, rugs, décor and furniture can all be purchased in bright, bold colours and patterns to inject colour and create a truly beautiful space. You can also choose complementary colours for a more subtle look.

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For more colour advice for your home, visit Haymes Paint here.

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