Opinions on small spaces can often be divided. Some call it warm, cosy and intimate while those who prefer large areas call it dark, claustrophobic and torturous. However, sometimes we just don’t have that big of a real estate to play with — especially in a bustling city with small land area where rent prices can be a burden. So how do you maximise your space potential and make it welcoming to your visitors? Well, onestop is here to help!


Efficient usage of wall mounts, shelving and ceiling lights in Ob-La-Di café, Paris. Image by Petite Passport.

The key to making any small space look big is not to waste any space you have. Make full use of every nook and cranny available and this includes your walls and ceilings. While a chandelier seems like a good idea, sometimes it just doesn’t fit the size of your space. Instead, hang shelves and framed images nearer to the ceiling and place various elements, items, and decorations according to the theme you’re going for. Mirrors are also a good investment in a small space and placing them strategically can make the space look bigger than it actually is. Hanging crawling plants with vines on the ceilings can add to the interior’s cosiness and help your visitors be more relaxed in an unfamiliar environment. Remember to place accent pieces or artworks in various locations so that they can be a talking point for your space.


Customisable pegboard wall shelving in a narrow retail space by ST design studio.

Remember the previous point about not wasting any space? Well, this applies to your storage areas too. Storage in a small space can seem restrictive if it’s not planned properly. That’s why pre-planning your space with a professional is crucial so that they can help you organise your storage and keep them away from the eyes of your visitors. Look for furniture and decor that can have multiple purposes while designing your space. You can also think of ways to reduce items that add to the clutter. Use crates as decor while also using them as storage is a common practice in restaurants and offices. Printed menus can be replaced by a chalkboard or an artistic writing surface where they can be easily seen from every corner of the space. The added functionality of your furniture and elements will save you valuable space while allowing for a better flow.


Usage of neutral colours and lighting to lengthen the space in Ji Hotel, Singapore.

However, the most important aspect to making a small space look big is choosing the right colours for the interior. Brighter and lighter-toned colours makes a space feel larger and more inviting. You’d want to maximise the amount of light being reflected and also added into your space. A floor-to-ceiling window is the best way to achieve this effect. While this can make your space look boring, adding little splashes of colour through the use of art pieces and furniture can change that perception. Using darker shades of pastel colours is also a great way to add colour without darkening the space.


Having a small space can have its restrictions. But with proper planning with the right professionals, it can be a fun project where you can step out of your comfort zone to discover a whole new world of possibilities while expanding on your creativity. If you’re planning for a small space yourself, get in touch with our team here for a free consultation!

11 June 2021