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Consider multifunctional furniture that serves dual purposes, such as a sofa with built-in storage or a foldable dining table
Transforming a compact space into a stylish and functional haven is a creative challenge worth undertaking. Embrace the art of small-space interior design to maximize every inch of your limited area. Start by prioritizing functionality without compromising aesthetics. Consider multifunctional furniture that serves dual purposes, such as a sofa with built-in storage or a foldable dining table.
- Multipurpose ResourcesInvest in multifunctional furniture. “For example, a sofa that can turn into a bed, or a coffee table with built-in storage. This allows for greater usability without sacrificing space,” says Geeta Arya, Founder and Principal Architect, Geeta and Vaibhav Architects.
- Vertical storage“Make the most of free space by installing shelves and shelves up the walls. Not only does this create storage, but it also draws the eye upward, creating the illusion of a longer space,” adds Arya.
- Go minimal with furnitureInterior Designer Punam Kalra, Creative Director, I’m the Centre for applied Arts, says, “Make the most of the space with standalone furniture pieces that don’t require a decor pair—like a statement setee centered in the living or a hefty recliner drawn to the corner.” You can also take that simplicity forward and create a moodboard with polished wood, wireframe metal or neat-trimmed upholstery that weigh down the visual of the interior.
- Invite more of daylightBreak the cozy-bubble appeal and open up the space to natural light and views with classic French windows or contemporary glass-enveloped sitouts that blur the indoor-outdoor boundaries. Kalra adds, “Go extroverted–give up on the curtains and blinds that layer the space—you can create a sill garden with lean-wood planter boxes or make a window bay seating to have a more subtle take on privacy.”
- Light colors and pearlsChoose a light color for the walls and furniture, to make it feel more spacious and airy. Arya feels, “Mirrors can be strategically placed to reflect light and make the space appear larger.”
- Create seamless floor spaceKalra opines, “Tie the small-space elements together by exaggerating the floors with seamless, singular pieces like a large medallion rug or a wall-to-wall carpet flooring that creates a more unified focus. Get your hands on the geometric forms, preferably rectangular, that can fit into the shell of the space.”
- Embrace soft texturesSave the space from chaotic visuals with soft, repetitive textures as in fluted wood furnishings, solid acrylic fixtures, glazed ceramic accessories etc. For the textiles, you can choose flat-weave chenille over the looped ones in carpets, satin velvet over crushed ones in upholstered pieces and sheer cotton over embroidered ones in drapes.
- Lowering and expandable equipmentChoose furniture that can bend or expand when needed. “For example, a dining table or folding chairs that can be assembled when not in use. This allows you to customize the seating area based on your activities,” opines Arya.
- Smart Organization SolutionsImplement scheduling and storage solutions that make the most of every inch of space. Consider under-bed storage, wall-mounted organizers, and furniture with hidden compartments.
- Maximize your storageHush away your everyday items in smart storage that are concealed—and hence, clutter-free. Go for life-size wall-mounted furnishings that span from floor to ceiling—you can also transform it into a mirror wall and create the illusion of a larger space.