Property: Small is beautiful - tiny room ideas

Small rooms need furniture that fits

Small rooms need furniture that fits - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Just because a room is small, it doesn't mean it can't be stylish or practical.

Many people have homes that are smaller than average, or rooms that are tiny or an awkward shape, yet these spaces can soon be transformed into a comfortable, Instagrammable space.

Here are some tips when decorating or furnishing a tiny room.

Draw up a floorplan - once you're standing in the room, it can be difficult to find a way to make everything fit. One way you can design a room is to draw up a floorplan, then measure your furniture and see where it might fit. This can also help you decide what's essential in the room.

Find furniture with hidden storage - find solutions such as beds that open up to reveal hidden storage, which can be useful for storing spare sheets, shoes or even books. You can also find sofa beds that include ottomans, which allow you to store your duvet and pillows.

Save your floor space where possible - the problem with tiny rooms is that you often have to go through an obstacle course to get around them. Any floor space that you can save will make the room feel more spacious and make it more practical to use.

Keep things simple - if a room is tiny, then nothing is going to make it huge and spacious, but you can make the most of the space by keeping things simple. Choose neutral colours with a few pops of pattern or colour to draw the eye in. If you think neutral looks too plain, then add some textures in similar tones, which will give the room a luxe look.

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Use light and mirrors - mirrors are convenient in small rooms, as they fool the eye into thinking the room is bigger. Light is also very important. Never block a window, even partially, as this will make a room feel gloomy. Wall-mounted lights take up less space.

Choose the right shape furniture - tiny rooms are often awkwardly shaped, so you need to find furniture that fits into the room nicely. For example, if your room is long and thin, place a sofa that fits snugly into the width of the room, which will make it feel wider.

Switch rooms round - when you move into a house, don't feel like you have to keep the same layout as the previous tenants or owners.

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