Never Too Small has been one of my preferred resources for design motivation and space saving tips, with their stunning website (seriously check it out!) and their successful YouTube channel, they have now launched a book Never Too Small – Reimaging Small Space Living by Joel Beath and Elizabeth Price. Focused on looking at the future of urban living this book has all sorts of amazing inspiration and suggestions on how to enhance your home and make the most out of your ‘small’ space.
Here I look at 10 small space designs solutions from Never Too Small – Reimaging Small Space Living:
- SIMPLE COLOUR
An effective way to make sure your interior does not feel cramped or cluttered is to keep your colour palette as straightforward as possible. Two to three colours max and make sure they are light muted tones as opposed to rich primary colours. Never Too Small endorses keeping your lighter colours higher up to give an illusion of greater height.
2. CUSTOM BUILD
Prioritise and invest in custom built storage to contain your belongings out of sight. Not only does this help generate a sleek and tidy appearance but spending on handcrafted will be cost effective with regards to quality and durability in the long run.
3. MIRROR & LIGHT
Using mirrors on your walls helps add depth to your space and paired with ambient warm lighting, this boosts feelings of wellbeing and spaciousness. Try placing mirrors opposite windows to reflect natural light within the room.
4. BED SOLUTIONS
A fold away or guest bed can be a great way to generate more floor space within your home. If the wall space allows, go for a fold away one as they are still very comfortable as well as easy to pull down and quick to put away with minimal fuss if needed.
5. STATEMENT BATHROOM
Whilst the Never Too Small gang suggest you go for simple colour palettes in small spaces, they do allow an exception where you can express yourself a little more – the bathroom. In fact, they say use the bathroom to make a design statement, one that represents your character and personality through the décor. Pick a bold colour or pattern and don’t be shy.
6. CURTAIN DIVIDERS
When creating zones within in a small apartment or flat, why not try curtain dividers to section each area and ensure a little privacy if needed. This is a modest solution that adds texture, cosiness and a unique resolution to your interior.
7. SHOW OFF YOUR STUFF
As an alternative to idea number 2, you could instead show off all your belongings within a visible storage space. Use your clothes, books or music collection as a décor feature by having open shelving or hanging rails that are functional yet also visually appealing.
8. WALL SPACE
Be smart with what you put on the walls and double up ‘art’ with ‘storage’. If you use a bike to cycle to work, why not install a mounted bike rack on the wall? This is practical yet also looks playful, fun and shows off your persona and lifestyle.
9. USE THE DOORS
No space need be wasted according to Never Too Small, best seen in examples where doors have been doubled up as storage space. Hidden shelving can produce a pantry within your kitchen and coat hooks create that much needed space for bulky coats and clothing items.
10. BUILD LAYERS
If you are struggling with a tiny floorplan, another tip shared by Never Too Small is to build upwards. Make the most out of your ceiling height and craft height levels seen here with a bed placed on top of custom-built integrated storage. This makes sure you have all the space you need for your belongings without having to sacrifice floor or wall space.
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