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How to make the best of smaller living spaces

Studio apartments are cropping up all over Bangalore, often inhabiting young professionals with eclectic taste in design. Interior designers need to have in their arsenal the best space-saving solutions to improve functionality and flexibility for the home owner.

Here are some ideas:

Go for minimalistic decor

Keep it simple and uncluttered. That’s the mantra of the exponents of minimalistic design. Choose quality over quantity and invest in fewer pieces of furniture and decorative items. Keep in mind that sleeker designs in lighter shades give a clutter-free appearance to your house.

Gorgeous bedroom interiors make modern bedrooms quality space for those long hours of peaceful sleep we deserve after a long day’s work. The ultra sleek minimalist style bedrooms are on one end of this spectrum and the splashy colourful options on the other.

1. LONG SLUNG PLATFORM BED

The low slug platform bed makes chic modern bedroom furniture. They come in a wide array of designs and finishes. Think of your favourite colour for the fabric you can upholster the bed with. An attached low level headboard will be great for this bed. Match the wall panels on the wall and rug in the room, the draperies and bed linen with colours that go with the bed fabric colour.

2. BLUE COLOUR BEDROOM

Colour you choose for bedroom is of prime importance. It influences your sleep and the general ambience of the room. Blue, for instance, is a soothing colour you can have for bedroom. The colour promotes sleep and relaxation.

3. LIGHT AND SHADE PANELS

Headboard wall that uses light and shade transforms your bedroom space to a cool and stylish place. Extruded panels with LED strip lights bring a light and shade play to the headboard.

4. MIRROR ON THE WALL

Concerned that your bedroom space is small? A floor-to-ceiling frameless mirror behind the headboard of the bed makes your bedroom space look larger than it is. With a dash of this interior
design element, you can lend a stylish look to your bedroom.

5. CEILING FANS AND WALL CLOCKS

The ceiling fan; an essential in tropical climates, makes an integral interior décor element. You can think of making a style statement with a unique ceiling fan, a wall clock and a pendant light that go with your bedroom scheme.

6. HEADBOARD STORAGE NICHES

This is about making the most of limited space available to you in the interiors. A low slung wooden bed with headboard storage niches gives you space to store your bedroom essentials including books, diaries, penholders, laptops, medicines, so on and so forth, if you have no space for bedside
tables.

7. MINIMALIST BEDROOM

A minimalist bedroom looks very neat and tidy. Crisp white draperies, bed linen and bed frame with white bed lamps and bedside units make a stunning and cool bedroom. A sleek and plain headboard, side table units on which to rack books and white and grey rug under the bed unit will make the bedroom look tidy, uncluttered and quite eyeful.

8. BOLD BED AND ACCENT CHAIR

If you love colours, you can go with a bold bed and bedroom accent chair with the same colour combination. A backdrop of neutral colour or pattern and a rug that extends the colour theme makes your bedroom interiors grand and gorgeous.

9. COSY BEDROOM

You can have warm wooden accent walls for headboard. The wooden texture gives the bedroom an unmatched classy elegance. You can also have a reading nook by the window with a wooden shelf for books beside the bedside unit on to the window side of the room.

10. RUSTIC BEDROOM

You can make a modern rustic bedroom with wooden features. The bed frame, headboard, side panels can all be wooden. Tree branch art, a twig mirror frame and indoor plants add to the interiors
of your bedroom.Multi-functional rooms Your living area can double up as your workspace. Your patio can have shelves to showcase your collection of books. If you have a fold-down bed, during the day your bedroom can be the place to entertain guests. Ideas like these will help overcome the disadvantages of living in a smaller house and will not give your house a cramped feel.

Smart storage solutions

Storage takes up a lot of space in any house. If you’re something of a hoarder and live in a smaller house, it WILL be a harrowing experience for you. To work around this, you can get your furniture designed in such a way that it includes storage. Your bed, coffee table, couch etc can be used to effectively store household items.

Creative use of colours and patterns

Work with colours and designs to give an illusion of space. There are techniques you can apply in painting the walls that can make the rooms look bigger and brighter. By using lighter colours and certain contrasting shades, the house can looks spacious.

Cut the clutter

Make it a point to dejunk the house periodically. If you haven’t used something for ages, it shouldn’t sit there gathering dust and occupying precious space in your house. Donate, recycle or dispose them off appropriately. Also, before you make a purchase for your home, think if you really need it.

Buy multi-purpose furniture

In urban dwellings, with just one or two bedrooms, home owners can’t have the luxury of having one piece of furniture for every purpose. Extendable dining tables, sofa-cum-beds, portable kitchen islands etc are great additions to a studio apartment.

Use the right lighting

The right lighting makes a world of difference. It is important to allow natural light inside the room during the day and at night, you can make use of lighting fixtures to make the space look bright and cheerful.

Creativity comes in handy

If you are bold enough to try whacky ideas, do so by all means. It would be a great space-saver and a wonderful conversation starter to have a bathtub in the bedroom or magnetic walls to hang your stuff.

It requires great sensitivity and skill to transform tiny spaces into cozy and classy homes. It is therefore extremely important to choose interior design firms with an impressive portfolio of small, urban home projects.

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