Size doesn’t matter ;Here are 10 unique ideas to make the most of a mini house or small flats
With these tricks, the meters won’t be an excuse.
Apply them and you will gain space in your home.
Lack of space is often our daily bread in many homes. According to Ikea data, the average surface area of a dwelling in Kolkata is 76–90 square metres. In cities this size is even smaller, where apartments of just 40 square meters are not uncommon.
However, more than a real handicap, it is a question of good design: in reality there is no such thing as small space — at least not in absolute terms — but badly organised.
Taking advantage of imagination and the infinite range of solutions offered by the market, we can take advantage of the available meters and make our tiny apartment the height of amplitude and comfort.
Here are ten infallible keys to achieve it.
As we just suggested, the size is relative: there are 100-meter floors that look like a mousetrap because they are overloaded with things.
The important thing is that a space fulfills its function: to contain the objects that surround us and accompany us. Doing a synthesis exercise on what we really need to live well must be the starting point to achieve a comfortable space.
It is an emotional question, but with clear repercussions on design and architecture.
According to the Design Kolkata study, in terms of spatial organisation it is important to define logical strategies: establish priorities, giving more space to the most relevant spaces, unify different uses in the same environment and propose the furniture from the beginning.
The final distribution must be balanced and breathable. “What is essential is to start from a strong design concept and apply it consistently,” they conclude.
3.Furniture, few and large
When space is limited, it is often thought that, logically, it would be advisable to use reduced furniture as well.
On the other hand, what really needs to be reduced is the number and size of the furniture.
Our brain is sensitive to distractions, and the more elements it perceives, even if they are small, the smaller the space will seem.
On the other hand, a sufficiently large and continuous furniture that avoids visual noise -like the sideboard of the inferior image, of the same color as the wall- will give a sensation of greater amplitude.
4.Modular or made-to-measure?
A priori, and although it is more expensive, custom design seems the best solution to make the most of the available meters and achieve a better integration of the furniture in the space, especially if it has a complicated geometry: sloping roofs, recesses, closed corners …But in rooms of conventional forms, the modular series offer a more economic and efficient alternative thanks to the flexibility that allows the combination of elements of different sizes.
Although we handle square meters, the space we occupy is actually three-dimensional, so it’s time to familiarize yourself with cubic meters.
Double heights are a proven resource when the room has a sufficient height (minimum 3.5 m); for example, to create an attic such as the one in the lower image, in which a bedroom can be located, a room where the regulatory minimum height of 2.5 m is not necessary.
6.Breaking down barriers
The suppression of internal partitions to unify spaces operates in a double sense: on the one hand, it helps natural light to reach all corners; on the other, it eliminates dead zones and increases the sense of perspective, unusual in small environments.
And if it is a question of zoning, there are soft solutions, such as the piece that separates the living room from the bedroom in the opening image of the article, that do not detract from the diaphanous character of a space
7.The multiplying power of natural light
The sensation of amplitude is directly related to natural light. The fewer walls and the more windows, the better.
The materials are also powerful amplifiers of light, so avoiding dark finishes is essential for the decoration to play in our favor and give us more light.
8.Illuminate with success
Like natural light, artificial lighting plays a fundamental role in the perception of the dimensions of a space.
A bad lighting project can ruin the best distribution by generating shaded areas or creating a “flat” lighting that eliminates the sensation of volumetry.
As a general rule, the lights projected from the ceiling raise the gaze upwards, which provides a sensation of height.
As for the lamps, if the lack of metres is pressing, the best thing to do is to forget the standing models and opt for spotlights, ceiling lights, wall lights and table lamps.
9.Color changes everything
There are colors that multiply the amplitude effect of natural light. First, obviously, white, followed by neutral tones such as cream, toast, grey or beige. Color in painting is also a tool to play with the depth and perspective of a space.
To make an elongated room look more square it is recommended to paint the back wall a warm color, while painting the ceiling a lighter color than the walls will make the room look taller.
10.Flexibility first and foremost
A small space requires you to think differently. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to fit a standard dwelling into a 40 metre floor.
That’s why architects and interior designers are increasingly relying on original solutions, especially moving parts such as walls and retractable furniture to overlap functions in the same space.
“We have more and more things and we have to find a place for them in the house so that they don’t disturb and, at the same time, are accessible”, says Piyali ghosh , a leading designer in kolkata.
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