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So it looks like there are many people this season looking for tips and tricks on how to make a small space look bigger. So here is another oldie but goodie I've updated and brought back to you from February 2018.
Narrow hallways, teeny bedrooms, and multipurpose spaces are something us city kids have to live with. Yes, we can declutter, buy appropriately sized furniture and stick to whitewash walls, but there must be another way to maximise skimpy square footage?
Roll out those rugs. Whether it’s being bold with colour, layering, or clearly defining your functional zones, a rug, or rugs, can be your best friend.
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BE BOLD WITH COLOUR
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Interior colour trends at the moment are all about bold tones. Much like painting one of your walls a dark colour or adding textured wallpaper to help create a focal point – the same can be done with a rug. Pick a dark coloured rug, or a slightly more elaborate pattern, to draw attention away from how teeny tiny the rest of the room is, and toward the focal point.
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It might sound counterintuitive but use a large rug, or even an oversized rug and fill the entire room, minus a small border, extending beyond all of the furniture. This will draw the eye wider across the full width and length of the room, making it appear bigger than it really is. Using a rug that is too small for the room will essentially emphasise the lack of square footage.
Here are some of our favourite oversized rug choices:
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To follow on from the oversized tip; Depending on the size, a handmade area rug can get quite expensive.
So here is a clever hack: Layering rugs is a smart way to take on pattern-mixing, as well as adding texture. Purchase a larger rug from more simple material like jute, rattan or seagrass. Fill the area with the larger rug and then layer a more expensive accent rug on top, or even two! It’s a win-win: you’ll fill the space you need to, for less money, and you’ll be bang on the layering trend.
DEFINE EACH FUNCTIONAL ZONE
Small space living often means one room that needs to work like your kitchen, dining room and living room all at the same time. It’s essential to define specific areas to create separation between functional zones. Yes, arranging your furniture in the right way will help achieve this, although to create real definition, treat your floors like walls. Unlike a wall, rugs will keep the space open, as well as clearly defining each area.
FRESH COLOUR PALETTE
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When there's a lack of space to play with, you really don't want to have anything blocking your floor space. Stick to furniture with legs and have the rug and only the rug on the floor. Let the floor breathe by taking up only one visual need.
LET THE FLOOR BREATHE
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We’ve all heard this one before, but it’s no less valid. Play it safe and stick to light colours to keep your space light and airy. Try a monochrome Moroccan Berber Beni Ourain rug for best results.
If you'd like to take your interior styling that step further- why not take some colour inspiration from Trend Alert: 2019 Autumn/Winter Pantone Colour Trends.