Perhaps you live in a Victorian terrace, or a Federation semi, or a house squeezed onto a sliver of land. Or you may simply have one area of your home that is deep rather than wide. Fear not, here are 25 ways that these challenging dimensions have been optimised around the world. Whether it’s been achieved with optical illusion, clever storage, or light-bringing materials, these ideas are worth contemplating for your ‘slice’ of paradise.
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1. A glass balustrade keeps people safe without blocking off the staircase. Sydney, NSW
Designer: Trio Style Co
2. You can always squeeze in more storage. London, UK
3. A narrow mesh staircase is a light touch… Melbourne, Victoria
Designer: Taylor Knights
…And the mesh allows light and pattern to filter through to the rest of the home.
4. The width of a shower cubicle is wide enough for a functional bathroom… Sydney, NSW
Designer: Anderson Architecture
…Here’s a wider view of the home in its entirety.
5. Clever spatial arrangements often means aligning facilities on one axis. Hampshire, UK
Designer: Forest Architecture
7. Open up as many sides to nature as humanly (and structurally) possible. Sydney, NSW
Designer: Fearns Studio
8. Where possible, borrow nature to blur the boundaries. Sydney, NSW
9. Don’t forget to flood narrow spaces with light – right up to the ceiling. Kent, UK
Designer: LEASK ARCHITECTURE
12. Views outside make every space better. Oxfordshire, UK
Designer: Mailen Design SW
13. Functionality first, but don’t forget to play up the space with luxurious touches. Moscow, Russia
14. Built-ins are worth their weight in gold in confined spaces. Sydney, NSW
Designer: Trentini Design
17. Don’t leave narrow spaces unloved. Create a sense of invitation, of intention, and the people will come. Sydney, NSW
Designer: David Rowland Studio
18. Avoid furniture that adds a blocky element to the area. This airy sofa sits lightly in the room, making it appear more spacious than it is. Dublin, Ireland
Designer: Lost Weekend Interiors
19. Benches are far more efficient seats than chairs when space is tight. London, UK
20. Always look up when maximising a narrow space. Can you fit in overhead storage? Toronto, Canada
Designer: Palmerston Design Consultants
21. Curves or organic forms help soften a small space. Melbourne, Victoria
Designer: TANDEM design studio
22. Transparent furniture does a disappearing act and helps spaces feel larger. Gold Coast, Queensland
Designer: Happy Haus
24. Built-in furniture that serves multiple uses will be your best friend… Sydney, NSW
Designer: Bondi Kitchens
25. Go all white so you don’t feel boxed in. Cherkassy, Ukraine
Designer: Sergey Harenko
Originally posted on Houzz.com. By Vanessa Walker 1 April 2019.