Big Dreams and a Small Space – How to Make it Work!

by | Aug 15, 2020

Whether you are in an office or a retail space, do not let a cramped workspace get you down!  There are ways to make the space seem larger.  (Bonus – these work just as well for a small home!)

Here are just 5 of our tips:

1. Let the Light In

As we have talked about before, light plays a huge role in design.  A dark space will seem cramped no matter what its actual size.   Make the most of any natural light you have and then add even more light to make your space seem larger.

Even if one little corner is not lit up, it is as if that space does not exist!  You cannot afford to have bad lighting.

 2. Make use of those awkward spaces

Custom shelving does not need to be expensive and it can help use those awkward nooks and crannies. For example, if you have a wall that juts out or a corner where you cannot fit other furniture, why not put a shelf there!

3. Look up!

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Use as much of your vertical space as you can!  This includes the space above your doors – it’s the perfect spot for a little shelf! 

Wall spaces can be used for hanging art, but they can be so much more!  Add shelves or hooks. The great thing about this in a retail setting is that it is putting your products at eye level.  However, we must warn you: too much shelving and it will create an opposite effect.  Your customers will feel boxed in and that is not what you want.

Other ways to use your wall space includes using sconces for lighting instead of table lamps.  Even for adding plants to your space, consider a living wall planter to keep things off the ground.

 4. Make one wall bold! 

One wall painted a bold colour, think a fiery red or bright sky blue, can make a world of difference.  It makes your space seem more vibrant and larger.

If painting is not an option, you can also use a patterned curtain or bold wallpaper to create the same effect.

5. Get rid of clutter

Clutter slows you down – both physically and mentally – so get rid of it, especially in an office environment!

Instead, follow the mantra of “less is more”.  Display only a few things. 

One way to discourage clutter is to give it fewer opportunities.  This means smaller furniture – less space means less space to clutter up.

Especially in an office, you really do not need a large desk.  Computers are not the large machines they used to be.

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If your space feels too small, it does not mean you need to start searching for something new.  Be smart in how you design your space and use the above tricks to make your space seem larger.

Here at Lesley Wong Interiors, our years and range of experience means that we know how to make any space work – large or small. If you want to talk about how your space can work for you, use the contact form below or give us a call.  We would love to chat.

LESLEY WONG, Principal Designer

Lesley is committed to continuously keeping up with ever-changing trends and technology. But as every decorator knows, there’s no greater opportunity for learning than on-the-job experience. Lesley has worked in hospitality, commercial and residential projects and enjoys crafting customized and beautiful environments for her clients.

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