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INSPIRATION & TRENDS 12 Jun 2018 Rachael OWT

There’s no reason why you can’t live large in a small space. I can assure you by the end of this post you’ll be totally inspired and convinced that your pokey flat is the stuff of dreams. From time spent on Pinterest you might think you need a large home to achieve something beautiful, but size and beauty don’t necessarily come hand in hand. What small homes lack in space they certainly can make up for with bundles of personality, and our Bijou Living style collection celebrates just that. The secret to small space living is to make it so intriguing that no one will notice you’ve got a suitcase in the hallway because there’s absolutely nowhere to store it. Been there.

This isn’t about storage hacks or tips of the trade like hanging curtains at the absolute top of your ceiling they can go, this is about oozing style and wonder.

1. WALLPAPER IT UP

Wallpaper is something I have grown to absolutely love and it’s got to the point where I want to paper every wall, but given it took my man 7 hours to paper 2 walls of the little office (sorry Steve) it’s not something that can easily be DIY’d, so it’s still on my never ending decorating to do list. Wallpaper is hands down the best trick for making a small space look larger. It adds depth and intrigue, distracting eyes from corners and tricking your brain into thinking a room is bigger than it is. On a purely visual level, adding a bold pattern will add such a WOW the small space becomes irrelevant. Let’s take a look at some petite bedrooms that use this trick to the max.

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Peter Dunham’s Home in House Beautiful. Photos: Amy Neunsinger
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Rue Mag. Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck
Small Wonders: Big Ideas To Make A Small Space Larger Than Life
BIJOU LIVING shop our collection here
2. PAINT IT BLACK

The Rolling Stones were right. Usually people think that painting a wall dark will make a room look smaller. It doesn’t! As long as there is natural light, (there doesn’t have to be) painting one, or all walls black will most definitely enlarge a room. Just like with wallpaper, if you paint just the back wall behind a bed, it will create an illusion that the room goes on a little longer than it really does.

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Homepolish via My Domaine
3. BOTANICAL PICK ME UPS

There’s something about nature indoors that gives the impression of an expansive space. Plants are one of the easiest ways to expand a space. Add them in a corner of a room, and they’ll instantly transform a space. The best thing is this works in any room, the bathroom, hallway or bedroom. And if you’re anything like me and kill even the most hardy plants of all (our cactus died) then go faux.

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My Scandinavian Home
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4. SMALL WONDERS

Adding extraordinary pieces to a mantel or side table is a great way to pack a small room with style. Don’t get this confused with clutter. Talking of unique pieces, we’re running a very special discount on the Qu-Lo collection  (Quintessentially Living, Lovingly Sourced) These accessories are handcrafted, inspired by Italian clay, blown vases and vibrant glazes. Get 20% off with code OWTQU. These delicate vases pictured below making a striking display as well as a pop of colour.

 

Shop the collection here
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Trinket Box, £35 Shop here
5. MAKE YOUR FURNITURE WORK

In small spaces, especially studio flats, you need to make your furniture work hard. Ottoman beds, benches and stools are a great example of this. We have a great selection of nesting tables which are handy to pull out and tuck away, as well as stylish stools that can double up as all kinds of things. I know I said this blog post wasn’t about storage hacks but I just have to include this flat designed by Caitlin Mccarthy. Look what’s inside this wardrobe (it’s not a lion and a witch)…

 

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Caitlin McCarthy Designs
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Caitlin McCarthy Designs

Once the bed pulls out, the coffee table then becomes an end of bed table. Clever stuff.

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Caitlin McCarthy Designs
Velvet Stool £245 Shop here

 

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Rattan Side Tables £165 Shop here
6. SUPERSIZE YOUR ART

Put a large piece of art on the wall and instantly a room will expand. So the trick here is, the bigger the better. This room below actually combines all of our tricks: black wall, plants and big art.

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She Decoration
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7. LIGHTEN UP

Get the lighting right and your small space will be a warm and inviting. Choosing oversized statement lamps is a great idea, or one shockingly unique statement pendant will work perfectly.

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EMILY HENDERSON; INTERIOR DESIGN BY BRADY TOLBERT
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Get 15% OFF the Venice Beach House Chandeliers. Shop here
8. SYMMETRY, SISTER

This teeny bedroom has me swooning. Why does it work so well? The symmetry is everything. There is so much to take in you don’t notice the size one bit.

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House Beautiful
8. RELEASE YOUR INNER ZEBRA

This narrow room is elongated with the striped rug leading your eye to the light, another trick for making a room feel larger.

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9. MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL

It’s the oldest trick in the book, but it works. Think outside the box and put mirrors in clever places like this petite bedroom below.

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Casa e Jardim via Stylist)

Dare to be bold and make your small space your happy place.