Design Inspiration for Small Spaces

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Designing a small space is really especially if you have a lot of ideas in mind and things that you want to apply in your home. In this type of space, you need to be clever to maximize the space and still achieve the layout and design that you want. Also moving in a small apartment in Chicago, you really need to use your creative minds in maximizing your space.

Most of us would agree that small space living requires a certain amount of flexibility and creativity. However, when done right, there’s no reason why even the tightest of spaces can’t showcase a design worthy of acclaim. To help you get the most out of your space, we asked interior design pros to share their best advice for helping compact rooms shine. Read over their tips and do your best to incorporate them in your own interiors. Sometimes one tip makes all the difference.

Here are some tips in designing a small space:

Living Room

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One technique in making your living room look spacious is to use light colors and avoid using dark hues. Choose white color for your sofa, cabinets and tables. You can also look for built-in cabinets and chairs to save more spaces. There are also tables, were you can store some stuff under, same as with sofa with storage.


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A simple, curtain is a great way to easily divide two spaces like the Dining Room and the Kitchen. Instead of using wood or stone wall that will consume a lot of space it is better to use a curtain as a divider and you will save a lot of space. Using a curtain will also help you to use your creativity and add some dramatic element and visually separate the area.

Well-Worked Window Treatments

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To make a small living room appear more spacious, add floor-to-ceiling window treatments. This eclectic living room features extra-high ceilings, despite its small floor plan. This simple addition will automatically draw eyes up the wall for a much larger feel.

Be Creative

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Having a small children will really require you to have a lot of space for their toys, books and other stuff. You can creatively use the extra space between two floor levels for a unique shelving unit. These small canvas bins are great for keeping toys stored away and out of sight.

Multipurpose Space

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Sometimes, a multipurpose space is unavoidable, and your home office and guest bedroom must inhabit the same space. To make the best of this situation, use the surrounding walls to your advantage.

As per Lisa Melone Cloughen of Melone Cloughen Interiors, Inc. in New York, NY ““Regardless of your style, the most important thing to decorating a small space well is to invest in pieces that can be used for more than one thing. If space is an issue, think about investing in multi-functional furniture like a set of nesting tables that can double as a coffee table. A desk can also function as a buffet when entertaining, or even a bench can be a coffee table, extra seating.” 

Small Bedroom Ideas

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This may seem obvious, but ditch the king-size or even queen bed and use space-saving furniture. If storage space is an issue, under-bed storage containers such as this one can free up a lot of space. Light colors enhance the feeling of space, while darker hues tend to close in; lighten up your walls and furnishings.

One more tip to achieve a big look room, use a mirror and it will visually expand the area of your room.

Small Kitchen Space

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When your prep space is no larger than a closet, even one person can feel like too many cooks in the kitchen. These tricks will help you make the most of your counter space and cabinetry. And when you want to plan for your future giant dream kitchen, check out even more inspiration. You can also consider to store things up high, If you've got space between your cabinets and your ceiling, you've got storage. Add wicker baskets and it's the perfect spot to keep lesser-used tools.

You also need to strategically organize and if you're adding shelves for storage, you don't want them to look cluttered. Arrange bowls and mugs by color so everything feels cohesive. You can also skip bulky hardware on your cabinetry and drawers. It'll help your space look more streamlined and sleek. In applying this tips, you will be able to save a lot of space while using your creativity.

The Best Bathroom Design

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You can install a corner sink because sometimes even a pedestal sink can disrupt the only available traffic lane in a bathroom.In this case placing a corner sink across from the toilet works better than a sink across from the shower. The opening and closing of the shower door usually creates an awkward walk-around condition.

Float your vanity, besides just visually helping the bathroom appear bigger, mounting a vanity above the floor frees up a little space for small items. Make your vanity round, tight spaces can make sharp corners hip hazards. If the corners of a vanity would get in the way, opt for a rounded style. Yes, a round vanity can work in a square space.

If your bathroom is about 5 feet wide, that's just enough space to squeeze in a toilet and a 30- by 60-inch tub. With tight conditions such as these, consider a glass panel instead of a glass shower door. It will keep most of the water in the shower and will free up needed elbow room.

For The Love Of Layers

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Often with small areas, we're hesitant to bring in furniture because it may take up too much space. When searching for the right piece, find items that have layers of shelving and even storage space underneath. Instead of leaving every personal item in your boudoir, designate a few small hanging rods in the entry way to leave coats and bags. This tactic leaves the *stuff* at the door, and creates more space inside. 

If you will be needing help to design or paint your house the best painting company that can help you is Painters Chicago. They have the best painters that can help you in painting or designing your home. They only hire the best and professional painters that provides an excellent job. Book with them to help you in making your small space, look spacious by choosing the best color.

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