Q: I live in a small studio apartment which feels crowded and dingy. What can I do to create more space and make my home more uplifting?A: When working with smaller spaces, it’s all about fooling the eye; so choose your colour palette wisely. Avoid warm colours which advance such as oranges, reds, deep purples and dark tones. Instead, opt for cool colours which recede; such as white, neutrals, and subtle blues, lavenders and greens. Pastels are another fantastic go-to solution when decorating smaller areas. Glossy surfaces also help to reflect light and expand the space. Blending the colours of the floor and walls adds to this – I recommend using white on the walls and ceilings for optimum results. Similarly, incorporating mirrors into your interior will help create the illusion of spaciousness. Add depth to a room by angling a mirror towards a focal point. Mirrors reflect natural and artificial light to boot, making a room seem brighter and more open whether it’s day or night. Finally, de-clutter your space by making use of savvy storage solutions to keep your home looking organised and balanced. Try to keep the decorations to a minimum as over-adorned walls with only make a room look smaller. Invest in a few pieces of furniture which have multiple functions such as a chest of drawers which doubles as a coffee table, or a bed with storage compartments built-into its base.
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