2 tricks and 9 styling tips.
Remember my instagram stories when I was walking through Amsterdam? I asked you if you would like the next blog to be about narrow spaces and the response was a 100% yes, so here it is! I will share styling tips & tricks you can use in different narrow spaces. I love to work with it, because these non-standard shapes and spaces always challenge you to be more creative!
focus on height
We are not all fortunate with really high ceilings, but even in a room with a ceiling of a standard height, you can use these styling tips!
1. Use paint to your advantage and have a hard stop of the paint on your wall around 20-30 cm below the ceiling. This creates the illusion of a higher ceiling.
2. One of the trends at the moment is wallpaper on your ceiling. For narrow spaces it works because we move the attention up to the ceiling. But this trick needs some extra explanation, because for narrow spaces it is important to use light colours. Dark colours can be beautiful too, but it also creates the effect of a smaller space and that is NOT what we want in this case! Another tip to consider when you go for this bold statement is choosing your colours wisely. If you make sure the wallpaper has colours that are equal to the colours in the rest of the space, you keep it all in a good balance and it will look amazing!
3. Use the height of the ceiling to your advantage. Kitchen cupboard for example. When I was living in my small apartment in Amsterdam (no extra high ceilings) I had still around 30 cm above my top kitchen cupboards. Space that I didn’t use, because I liked a clean look, all it was doing was collection dust. Solution was to change my top cupboards to higher ones that reached all the way up to the ceiling. Still a clean look, accentuating the height and a lot of extra storage space! Winning!
4. If your house is blessed with these amazing high ceilings, definitely use it! Like this example for a bed. By raising it in the air, you can create extra space for storage underneath, but also divide the space naturally. When using different heights in the same space you can naturally divide the space in the different functions you are using the space for. It creates balance and peace of mind. Apartment Wiesbaden by Studio Oink.
Focus on depth
Another trick is to focus on depth. Below some examples to use depth of your furniture in a smart way or using the depth/length of the space to your optical advantage.
5. This design of the bathroom shows how smart you can work with depth of the furniture you are using. When you enter this space, the furniture is wide but has a minimal depth which creates a spacious entry. An important part of why this design is working, is the focus on 1 wall. This keeps a peaceful balance in the total space. If you would use the wall on the right and left side it would make the space feel even more narrow and will have you zigzag to the shower. PS. also the way the door opens into the space is a small detail with a big effect!
6. How beautiful is this example using the depth of this narrow space to its advantage? By incorporating a feature wall in a narrow space, you create a spacious feeling and it gives a true wow-effect. This bathroom is designed by the talented interior designer Andrea West.
Also my previous post about the hallway has some tips for narrow spaces:
7. Using a mirror to make a small space look bigger
8. Beautiful ceiling light fixtures to focus on the height
9. A long ‘runway’ like rug to accentuate the length of the space
Click here to read the hallway blogpost.