Interior space design – Modern homes aren’t well-known for being spacious. This suits many people who prefer small spaces. They find them cosier and more inviting. With more apartment living, and in houses, lounges often now merging into kitchens – space is at a premium in the majority of affordable properties. But there are interior design tips you can do to make a small space live large.
It’s important to make the most of the space that you have!


When renovating your home there are a number of key interior design points to consider. The Style Plus team looks at six of the common interior design topics;

• Seating.
• Dining & Occasional Furniture.
• Home Office.
• TV Screens.
• Placement of Art.
• Mirrors.
• Interior Design & Renovation.

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Wherever possible buy more compact sofas and chairs so as not overwhelm the space and make it feel smaller. Lounge items with visible legs will make a room fell more spacious.

You should place sofas and chairs at least 100mm away from the wall. This small space provides an illusion of floating furniture and a feeling of a larger space. Placing the furniture against the wall will detract from that illusion and actually make the room feel smaller.

If you need more seating for guests think about less sofas or chairs and buy multi use pieces. For example good quality sturdy box cubes can be used as a side or put two or three together for a coffee table and then double as stools when separated if there are more guests.

You can also use an ottoman as a coffee table which can be used as seating, and storage as a double bonus if it has a hinged lid.


An area feels bigger if there is nothing to stop the eye. Glass topped dining tables, coffee tables and hall tables are transparent and take up less visual space. The glass also provides a reflective surface to make the room feel brighter.

You can also utilise tables that incorporate shelves and drawers for added storage.

Wherever possible matching and/or complimentary finishes in a room provide continuity to the eye as it runs around the room. Less of an interruption tricks the eye.

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Where living rooms need to double as a home office too, a clever use of cabinetry and finishes can help streamline the whole look and provide that much needed storage too. It works best with tricks such as integrating the desk into its surroundings by using the same matching finishes to the other items in the room such as coffee table, entertainment unit and dining table.

Avoid the run of the mill office chair on castors and look for a comfortable alternative to maintain the illusion and a look that is more residential than commercial.


A TV should not be the focal point of the lounge but this can be difficult in a smaller space. You can take steps to minimise this and prevent this happening by taking steps to make sure that it is not the focal point.

If you plan to watch TV in the room, the ideal distance between the set and the seating is three times the size of the screen.

So, if you have a 40-inch (1016mm) screen, your chair should ideally be 120 inches (3 meters) away. The aim is to not buy a screen that is too big for your space as no matter what decorating tips you try, the TV will always overwhelm the room and make it feel smaller.

Alternatively, a projector, which are now much more affordable, to project directly on to a wall or a pull down screen, is a perfect solution for small spaces.

Interior Space Design - Style Plus
Interior Space Design - Style Plus


Strategically hung art is one of the easiest ways to make your room look larger – and it can be as large and as dramatic as you want.

The art gives your eye something to focus on beyond the physical perimeter of the room, and has the effect of expanding it.

Don’t overload the walls as this will have the opposite effect and make the room feel smaller. Art is viewed at it’s when hung at eye level where possible.


Mirrors dissolve room’s boundaries and reflect light, making any space appear bigger. And you don’t need to just limit yourself to one. Consider placing mirror on opposite sides of a room, or do an arrangement of different sizes and shapes for an eclectic look.

A tall or large mirror placed directly on the floor and resting against the wall can have a dramatic effect in a room.


See how Colette Soros of Parliament Interiors transformed a small and tired Vancouver home into an open and airy family space. Learn how the home’s rooms were reconfigured to maximize living space in a busy home with three kids and a dog.

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