As you all know, interior design is something I quite enjoy obsessing over. I think that we should all have some fun and make our houses look as amazing as can be. Not only does this make them more fashionable and luxurious, it usually means they’re better to live in too! There’s lots of interior design advice out there, but I find a lot of it tends to be relating to lovely, huge houses and apartments. If, like me, you live in a city like London it’s likely that you live in a home with a slightly smaller square footage! Therefore it’s important to make your small space feel bigger, airy and as bright as possible.

 

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These tips revolve around making every room in your house feel a lot bigger, without doing any rigorous building work. You don’t need to knock down your walls, but you will have to use them very cleverly. You see, your walls play a huge role in how a room looks and feels. Sometimes they can almost close in on a room and make it a lot smaller and darker than it might be. But, when you play your cards right, you can use your walls to open up every room and make it feel more spacious.

How? Well, I’m glad you asked as I have two simple and easy tips right here:

Fit Things Against Your Walls
An easy way to make a room feel more spacious is by ensuring a lot of the furniture goes up against the walls, this way everything seems more streamlined and takes up less space. The key is ensuring you use furniture that actually looks good against the wall and won’t stick out like a sore thumb. As you can see here www.thelongeststay.com/designer-furniture/cabinets-sideboards/designer-sideboards, there are plenty of side boards you can get your hands on that are tailor-made to go up against your walls. The benefit of furniture like this is that you don’t clog up space in the middle of the room. It’s a great alternative to having, say, a coffee table in the middle of your living room. You’ve got something to rest books on and other small ornaments, but a simple change in placement makes the room appear much bigger.

Use Mirrors To Give The Illusion Of Space
This is an old favourite. Mirrors have long been a great way to give the illusion of a spacious room. They’re perhaps most effective in the bathroom as you can hang huge mirrors on your walls and make even the tiniest bathroom look spacious. You’ll notice here https://www.homify.co.uk/rooms/bathroom that almost all the bathroom designs do just that. It can be incredibly effective as a lot of people don’t have large bathrooms. The bigger the mirror, the greater the effect will be. Also, you could use smaller mirrors in other rooms to help create the same spacious effect. I like to have mirrored wardrobe doors on my wardrobes to help my bedroom appear bigger and brighter.

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You might think these two tips will hardly make a difference, but you need to see it to believe it. Swap out certain pieces of furniture for items that fit nicely against your wall to free up space in the centre of your rooms. Try and use mirrors in areas of your home where they’ll look good such as the bathroom or hallways to give the illusion of space in confined areas and also brighten the room by reflecting the light. By paying attention to your walls, you can have a far more spacious home without having to extend it or do any meaningful renovations. Walls are really versatile in terms of design and used correctly can be a real space saver.

**This post was written in collaboration with homeware and furniture brands**

 

If you live in an urban area you will know the drill; gardens are golddust! You pay rent over and above for a garden flat and everywhere you go in London tiny little bits of ‘outside space’ (term used very loosely!) are being utilised whatever the health and safety risks. I have seen benches squeezed onto gaps between the front door and the street and even BBQ’s crammed onto slithers of roof! Basically- any space at all even the size of a shoebox; you’re lucky.

So imagine our joy when we moved into this ground floor flat and weeded what was a very overgrown bit of land at the back! Hurrah! A garden! Paul spent many hours slaving away clearing the stinging nettles and has a few war wound to prove it, but wasn’t it worth it?! So happy. Furniture is currently pending.

Summer; come at me!

xox

Paul and I live in a ground floor flat in Greenwich. Its’s compact; one bedroom with a small open plan kitchen/ living area, but it’s all the space we need for just the two of us and our little lives.

We’ve lived here for a year and a half and although we still love it I have felt a bit itchy to change things recently. When we moved in we filled the flat with furniture which was mostly kindly donated by my parents who were also downsizing at the time. Although it was lovely not to have to buy loads of stuff when we first moved in, now that we are settled I felt that some of the furniture was a big big for our little house and didn’t make the most of our space. So we decided to go to IKEA today and get some new things to freshen up the flat and hopefully make it feel a bit bigger too.

I love trips to IKEA! Like most people, we make a day of it, look around, have lunch, look around some more. Sad, but true. I really like IKEA furniture because everyone knows it’s good value and fairly run of the mill stuff, but it really works. The pieces are really robust for flat pack furniture and I’ve never had any problems when putting the things together. With a bit of patience, and YES you definately need to manual, it’s easy.

We spent less that £200 today and got a few really nice bits which I hope will make a real difference.

    
This is the MALM chest which is a veteran IKEA piece! A lot of people have this and I think it’s because it’s really versatile and has got a really modern and clean finish which can go in any room. Although it’s probably technically bedroom furniture, we have put this in our living room to replace a much bigger clumsier table which we weren’t using anyway and we taking up a lot of space. This unit looks much fresher and makes the room look bigger as well as giving us extra storage space with the drawers. MALM is great value at £39 and is pretty straight forward to put up! Highly recommend.

 

These spice racks went up easily in our little kitchen and as we don’t have much cupboard space clearing all the herbs and spices out and putting them in these has been very handy! They also look pretty cute and at £3 each you can’t go wrong!

My favourite purchase today. The lovely, leaf shaped coffee table called LOVBACKEN.  We didn’t actually go with buying a coffee table in mind, the way our living room is set up there isn’t much space, but this one is tiny and looks really stylish in the space. Love it! This spontaneous buy was £40.

A successful day! We also got some shelving for the kitchen to clear up some counter space and a new bathroom unit, but they haven’t quite gone up yet! All in good time 🙂

Has anyone else had any good IKEA buys recently?

xox