Space has always been a problem posed in the field of interior designing. All of us want large, airy and unobstructed spaces. We want to display our artistic curios and showpieces and above and we all want a comfortable circulation space within our home.
But, somehow we never manage to get our aspirations fulfilled for obvious reasons- We have a lot of articles and our home is too small for all of that. A very large house always surpasses our budget. We always end up cramming the floor space with too much furniture and the display items end up hidden away in the storage places.
Cluttered existence often leads to several problems- lack of mental growth, excessive tiredness. People subjected to such kind of living conditions tend to become less responsive and self-centred.
So, shun off your dull closeted existence and make your spaces worth a live!
If your spaces are bound to be small in dimension, that is, if your plot of land is small, you are left with no option but have a house small in dimension.
In such situations, there are some points you will have to keep in mind.
High ceiling enhances volume
The house should have a high ceiling. When you fail to achieve the required volume in terms of the 2D dimensions, you have to resort to expansion along the Z-axis. High ceiling gives a sense of volume and makes spaces appear larger. High ceiling also accounts for better circulation of air.
There are several other added perks:
1. Tall blank wall space means extra storage area.
2. You can have tall windows to let in fresh air.
3. High ceiling also means that you can have furniture which requires height to fit in like a double decker bed.
Large windows are illusory
Although you have a small space, never compromise with the size of window openings. Nothing can be more frustrating that living in a rooster coop with the least of light and ventilation.Therefore, large windows are a must.
1. Large openings provide a view to the outside world and form a sort of connection with your space inside to the vast expanse outside. This in turn sub-consciously erases the feeling of a cloistered existence and you start considering yourself a part of a larger expanse.
2. Try to keep the windows long and preferably keep a low sill level. This will enhance the area of the opening.
3. The kind of grills you employ for your windows should be minimalistic in design. Do not come up with an intricate work which is going to hinder your vision. Grills should be kept vertical in design in case of windows which have a shorter height. Similarly, windows with less width should be accompanied with grills with dominating horizontal motifs.
Light curtains alleviates the aura of a small space
1. Go for cotton or shear curtains. A bit of transparency is welcome. Opaque curtains are generally heavy and they add unnecessary weight to the room. Whereas, transparent curtains are light and allow a soft, blurred vision of the adjacent space which enhances the sense of an added existing space. It also intrigues people about what lies ahead.
2. Curtains should be kept long irrespective of whether you have windows with low sill level or high sill level. They give an illusion of verticality to the spaces.
3.Curtains of small rooms should be selected keeping in mind appropriate colours. Light colours are a safe choice. Use one solid colour or minimalistic motifs. Do not go for heavy thread work or congested prints.
Reflective colours push the barriers away
This is one of the most important attributes which plays a vivid role in transforming spaces. Colour should be chosen according to the fact that what kind of room you are proposing to paint. It is never a hard and fast rule that small spaces equates to lighter shades. Darker shades can also be used keeping in mind the kind of spade you want to adore.
Whites and shades of whites are efficient shades to reflect away light from the walls. This in turn also makes you walls seem pushed away. Hence, we get a sense of increased depth in the room.
Similarly, white ceilings give an illusion of height. These shades of dominating whites are used in living spaces and bedrooms, that is, spaces that would be frequently used for a longer period of time. Light shades will make the room look larger, smoothen your nerves and reduce excitement.
A similar colour used for the ceiling and the wall and floor gives a continuous line of vision and expands a given space.
Bold or bright shades can be used to segregate a certain space from another space virtually. For example if you have an attached study with the living, you can colour that corner with a glossy stark shade.
Smart choice of furniture
Smart furniture is designed especially to enhance circulation spaces in small houses. Fold out beds, tables are examples of such furniture. They are laid out when in use and folded back when not in use to empty the space for free circulation. In this manner the same space can be overlapped for more than one function. Double-decker beds are also an option to save floor space and employ the Z-axis volume.
The kind of furniture used should be arranged keeping in mind that sufficient space should be left out for circulation. Therefore, never clutter your room with heavy furniture. Over-sized furniture looks too dominating in small rooms.
Storage ideas- don’t let your goodies eat ur space
Storage is a common problem for small rooms. You lack enough free space to stuff your goods or even display your curios. In this case you need to identify the certain spaces which are not being used to the fullest and stuff them with the job of storage.
The ceiling of washrooms need not be as high as the living and bedrooms. A small cubicle can be scooped out and transformed into a loft for storage of articles which are used the least.
Bay windows can be modified into having a wide sill, as wide as the width, window projects out. The sill can be used as a corner for relaxation. The small niche created below the sill be covered to create a box to store utensils or bedding.
Furniture too can be designed to double up as storage areas and vice versa.
Arrangement of spaces
Planning of spaces within a house is the primary step towards making the most of a small house. A small building footprint means that all your requirements might not be assigned separate spaces. In that case you need to find out the kind of functions you will want to overlap. This decision will vary from person to person. Some will want a joined kitchen and dining and some other will want conjugated living and dining.
Instead to providing small spaces for each activity separately, it is often better to conjugate the spaces to create a large airy space where spaces for activities can be assigned and separated by virtual means, say colour or curtains.
Similarly use pocket doors wherever possible as these doors do not take up extra floor for opening up. They slide into a space provided along the door.