5 Design Tips For Small Spaces

As the world’s population dramatically increases, more and more people are living in smaller spaces. However, don’t think that living in a small space means you have to sacrifice on design. Here are five design tips for small spaces.

  • De-clutter

One of the best ways to make a small space feel roomier and larger than it really is learning how to live with less stuff. Clutter is the #1 enemy of small spaces, as it makes rooms feel small, cramped, and suffocating.

If you’re someone who tends to collect “stuff,” make a habit of going through your clothes and houseware on a regular basis. While many stores promote discreet and compatible storage, keeping your small space looking fresh and roomy actually depends on keeping your stuff to a minimum. If you have to go out and buy a bunch of extra storage containers, it’s probably quite simple: you have too much stuff!

  • Space-Saving Storage

That said, we all have things we need to store, from winter gear to extra linen to toiletries. For these items, it’s best to come up with unique, space-saving storage units to keep your clutter down to a minimum. The open cupboard has quickly become a popular and unique way to store kitchenware by integrating the “stuff” into the design of the small space. Floor-to-ceiling shelves are a great way to store and display items that might otherwise just take up space. Display your storable stuff in unique and aesthetically-pleasing ways and you’ll be able to save on space and give your place a funky yet personalized look.

  • Keep It Clean and Organized

While this tip is not a design tip per se, it’s important for people who live in small spaces to be extra diligent about keeping their home tidy and organized. If you’re going to display your kitchenware in an open cupboard, make sure that cupboard doesn’t resemble a nuclear bomb testing site. Take some time to organize your stuff in an efficient, convenient and eye-catching manner.

  • Light, White, and Bright

When it comes to decorating a small space, it’s all about creating the illusion of space. To do so, choose light colors (including white) for your walls, furniture, or bedding, as darker colors tend to make a room feel smaller. You don’t have to model your place after the Arctic tundra, or anything, but just make sure that the majority of colors you choose are light. Then, throw in some bold splashes of color and pattern: a Mexican floor rug or a funky shag pillow. This will help to give your space some pizazz without sacrificing any of its roominess.

  • Be Smart About the Space You Use

If you have minimal space to work with, make sure that you aren’t letting any space go unused. If you have an awkwardly-sized corner space, why not turn it into a cute office nook or a vanity? You can build a desk or flat surface right into the wall, which takes up less space, and you can add shelves above it to store books or other items.

Don’t let a small space discourage your inner interior decorator. When you’re thinking about designing small spaces, the main thing is to get creative! Use your imagination and try out different colours, patterns and even spatial arrangements to find out the best ways you can approach designing that small – but mighty – space you call home.


Things to Consider when Choosing New Flooring

When it comes to flooring, there are a lot of different factors to consider, from where it’s going to what it’s made of. Choosing the right flooring can be a daunting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, flooring can be a fun and exciting experience, one where you can create a whole new feel for a space and make an investment into your future. If you’re looking for new flooring, here are some tips to help make the decision-making process much easier.

  1. Set a Budget

The first thing anyone needs to do is set a budget. You do this before you’ve looked at different flooring types, before you’ve priced out installers, maybe even before you’ve decided you need new flooring. Without a carefully planned budget, your flooring experience can, and most likely will, go off the rails. The reason being that flooring can get very expensive very quickly, so it’s important to know your financial limits. Be realistic with your budget and available funds before you head out looking at new floors. That way, you can be happy with the final product without worrying about your financial future.

  1. Think About the Space

Different flooring works best in different spaces, and different spaces have different demands on your flooring. A kitchen, for example, needs to be durable and easy-to-clean because it’s a place with lots of messes and lots of traffic. Bathrooms need to be waterproof and tactile because the floors experience a lot of water and a lot of people stepping onto those same wet floors. When looking at flooring, it’s important to balance the right look with the needs of the space, and never compromise on the practical in favour of an aesthetic choice. The best flooring for you will balance both, and it’s sure to be around if you’re willing to have patience and take the time to look.

  1. Get the Right Look

While aesthetics aren’t as important as practical qualities, that doesn’t mean your floors can’t look good. When you’re hunting around for new flooring, be sure to think about what you want the space to look like, either as it is or with future renovation projects in mind. A beautiful white carpet may match your furniture now, for example, but if you’re getting a new couch, it’s best to think about what carpet will look best. The same goes for kitchen flooring and appliances, and bedrooms and bedroom sets. Finding something that’s complementary and beautiful will be a fun way to think about how your space looks, now and into the future.

When it comes to floors, there’s a lot of things to consider, but that doesn’t mean the experience has to be overwhelming. Be sure to think about your budget first, then your practical needs. Finally, be sure to get something that looks great. It may seem like a balancing act, but our flooring experts at Ashley Fine Floors can help you pick the perfect flooring for your budget and vision.