Storing everything in a small apartment or house is difficult and fitting and styling everything is harder. However, whether you’re trying to make the most of a studio apartment or a spare room in a modest home, a little creative thinking can go a long way towards making your space feel more open and comfortable.

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Tushar Mistry, Principal Architect at TMDS, revealed, “The spaciousness afforded by the high ceilings allows for an abundance of natural light. It’s intriguing, interesting, and useful in its own right. Spaces with higher ceilings are easier to cool in warmer climates. When it comes to storage, space can be maximised vertically and you’ll have room to install unique lighting and other decorative touches.”

According to him, one of the most important ways to create a feeling of spaciousness is through the use of lighting. He said, “Designers will maximise any space by including windows or skylights in strategic locations. It is important to have several different types of lighting in any given room. Multitasking windows require strategic design. The perfect spot for a built-in bench or cozy reading nook, for instance, is in front of a bay window. To continue expanding the illusion of space, set a mirror opposite the window. The countertops can have the same rough texture as the walls, for a uniform look and feel.”

He suggested, “The clever use of linear grooves also gives the illusion of height. Disorganization is a major space robber. The trend toward minimalist architecture and interior design has gained popularity for several reasons. It’s better to think strategically about where you can put your belongings than to just get rid of them all. Installing storage space saves money over time compared to buying separate containers. Built-in shelving, open shelving, cabinets, hidden storage, locker rooms, and upgraded closet space are a few architectural storage solutions.”

Bringing his expertise to the same, Ekant Singh, Founder and CEO of Page2813, advised, “The use of shiny materials has the same amplifying effect as a mirror by reflecting light and creating a brighter, more open environment. Glass pocket doors let natural light into the room without compromising privacy. These doors slide neatly into the wall when not in use and are more space-efficient than swinging doors. Covering a wall floor-to-ceiling creates the illusion of more space.”

He recommended, “One possible use is as a gallery wall, providing ambient lighting for the room. Vertical planning maximises small spaces. Changing the wall colour or arranging the furniture in a variety of bright colours can also help create a positive atmosphere in a small space. Drapes are a great tool for hiding clutter and gaining visual control. Making use of furniture that can do more than one thing is essential. Having a deep sofa, which can also serve as a day bed, and round tables, which can serve as both a desk and a dining table, will help you make better use of the space you have when hosting guests.”

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