13:26 Wednesday 09 October 2013

Five top tips and trends to transform your home

Written byGARETH BUTTERFIELD

WE ALL know that when it comes to decorating, if you’re not blessed with bags of space in a room you can get around a limited or awkward space by being clever and opting for space saving functional furniture and flooring that reflects light to give the illusion of more space.

Having a restricted space to work with does not mean you need to compromise on function or style. There’s so much you can do with a small room so don’t let the size fool you, and it doesn’t have to be boring, either.

Here are five top tips to bear in mind whenfurnishing your home, to help you make the most out of a small space:

Seating

If you have a small dining area or living room it’s a good idea to try to create visual stimulation. This way the eye is draw to all those wonderful objects, you could perhaps opt for upholstered chairs in dining room table or a mix, and make sure that the chairs are always neatly pushed under the table this sounds simply, but it not only creates the look of more space it also frees up more floor space for you any guest to walk around.

Multifunctional Furniture

Whether you’re looking to revamp your living room or totally gut your existing tired bedroomyou can get creative with furniture that also has a dual purpose.

For example a leather or fabric ottomaninstead of a coffee table to store all your essential bits and bobs in and also kick back and put your feet up, or you could pop a stylish tray onto it complete with candle and perhaps a small plants or vase of flowers for a touch of glamour.

Create interest with fabrics and finishing touches

When it comes to giving your bedroom a facelift, you can make a big difference to a room with a splash of colour on an accent wall with simple touches such as attractive mirrors.

Not only do they serve their purpose, as we can’t live without them on a daily basis, they also create the illusion of more space as they bounce light around.

If you’re lucky enough to have some extra floor space why not opt of an upholstered chair?

Upholstered furniture has made a huge come back over the last few years and if you choose correctly, they create a focal point in the room, especially against the backdrop of complimentry colours and a sleek wooden floor.

It’s all in the details

When decorating a small space getting the details right is paramount. Take your time choosing fabrics as such simple things are easy to get wrong. Fabric has a massive impact on the look and feel of a particular space.

It may be the case that sometimes there is only one way or one size of furniturethat will work in the space. But when you get into the detail of the room often finishing touchescan really make a huge difference to a space, drawing the eye around the room.

In the right place

When you think aboutarranging your furniture, it’s important to think about how you actually use the space.

When you have worked this out you also need to thinkabout its functionality to make the best use of a space as well as it looking fantastic.

Keep it functional for your needs and remember to bear in mindwhere possible - multifunction - try to serve dual purpose with the arrangement, this is the best space saving tip and in some case it can also help to save money.

Visit www.ncffurnishings.co.uk to find out more.

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