7 Sneaky Ways To Make Your Tiny Flat Look Huge

You know your flat's tiny when a Tube journey during rush hour feels downright roomy. Whether you can touch the walls of your bedroom without leaving your bed or have converted your lounge into a office-bedroom-dining-room hybrid, you've no doubt learned by now that London's cutthroat property market leaves few options for affordable housing that isn't completely claustrophobic.
So, what's a gal with a single bed (eek!) and a seriously lacklustre space to do? Consult the experts, of course! We've quizzed four top London interior decorators and stylists for their go-to tricks to help make the most of a small space. Get inspired by their tips and projects — and stop letting that cramped flat cramp your style.
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Little England? Not anymore!
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Abigail Ahern, designer and author of Decorating With Style

"No matter what colour your walls are, paint your ceilings out in the exact same hue, plus (as scary as this sounds) the woodwork and skirting, too. What you are doing is creating infinity — walls blur into ceilings and so the space automatically feels larger. Plus, anything you then put in the room automatically feels more expensive than it really is. The same goes for shelves. Paint boring old shelves out the same colour as your walls and then what you put on them will look a thousand times better."

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"Play around with scale," adds Ahern. "Most small rooms lack drama simply because they have been under-decorated or decorated with small-scale furniture. I want my small spaces to feel magical, but they won’t unless I play around with scale and put things that are too big in rooms that are too small. So, I am continually putting mirrors that are too big on walls that are too small — or letters or art. It adds a magical twist."

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"Add more lighting than you think you need," says Ahern. "Lighting expands horizons, adds depth, and creates atmosphere so my plan is to layer a room with various table lamps, floor lamps, and wall lamps. However, it's also important to remember never to over-light small rooms or any room for that matter, as shadows are super-important. Dark corners blurring out feel larger and more intriguing than a space that's overly lit like some hospital room!"

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Karine Kong, founder, creative director, and stylist for Bodie and Fou

"Discuss colour choices that allow some creativity in the space and then use the colour of choice to accent furniture and accessories and keep the rest of the room a clean white. This will make the space look bigger and also be easier and cheaper to update when you grow out of the colour and want it changed."

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Louisa Grey, interior stylist and consultant

"Use reflective items to throw natural light around the space. This helps to create light where there would not necessarily be light. I have just completed an interior project and used a lot of copper accessories, which really lifted the dark areas and made the space feel super-warm, especially with the cold spell we have had endured this winter in the U.K."

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Cassidy Hughes, interior designer and stylist

"I find a lot of flats in London are cut up into lots of little rooms with easy-to-remove partition walls, so my first tip (budget allowing) would be to open up the space as much as possible. This will really help a small flat feel much bigger. As you can see, in this property I removed the enclosed kitchen space and opted for an open plan living-dining-kitchen area and it made a dramatic difference."

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"One really important thing that will help make a flat feel much bigger is being mindful of the scale of each item you chose," adds Hughes. "You want to avoid anything that is big, bulky, or just takes up a lot of your precious floor space. I suggest furniture with legs that you can see underneath rather than something that just sits directly on the floor. Mid-century modern furniture is perfect for achieving this — and bang on trend, to. Using glass furniture is also really useful in creating the illusion of more space."

Photo: Courtesy of Cassidy Hughes
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