Small & Mighty
Living Large in Small Spaces. Get schooled on the art of decorating small spaces
Photography by Andy Liew
The humble wall is tasked to multiple duties. Here it works as a divider, open storage and chic showcase.
Small spaces can be the bane of any flat or apartment dweller. But they can also be a blessing in design disguise. Awkward, small spaces are often a catalyst for change, forcing you to first clear the clutter and then come up with clever design ideas you may never have thought of otherwise
Studio apartments have always maintained a sliver of popularity among our population, especially so for bachelors or bachelorettes, or young couples. Located at an extreme end of the size spectrum, it is as challenging to design and conceptualise a small space as it is to layout an expansive villa home. This 500 square feet studio apartment is testimony that one can still enjoy the luxury of privacy in small spaces.
Opting out from the usual open plan approach, walls are a favourite and recurring design element used strategically throughout this small space. Design Director Victor Ng and Senior Interior Designer Estee Aw at Elements ID Consultants designed a feature wall which works as a divider between the bedroom and living spaces.
First order is to have a clear vision of how the space can be maximised and personalized. “Design vision is key in transforming and personalizing a space which encapsulates the fundamental qualities of space, proportion, light and material,” says Aw.
Following suit, are pockets of spaces created for work and cosy dining. The kitchen is located near the entrance with an ensuite bathroom to the bedroom.
The living space can double up as a guest room. Thanks to a reversible sofa which works as a bed. The coffee table can also be transformed into a higher dining table for proper dining.
Aw reminds not to let small spaces intimidate. Whether home is a quintessential studio apartment or we want to get more out of a small room or tiny nook in the house, her small space design ideas certain help alleviate tricky decorating conundrums.
A faux wall is erected to provide privacy in the bedroom which can be slide open and close when necessary.
Maximise wall space as storage and display units.
A partial peek-a-boo divider serves to section the more private areas in the apartment away from the main entrance where the kitchen and bathroom are. The partial wall also doubles as display showcase and storage system.