How do you make a small flat feel larger, a cheap kitchen look expensive or a radiator disapear? The designers of this bijou flat has the answers.By Anne-Celine Jaeger. Pictures by Holly Jolliffe.
Hallway landing tip Hide your radiators."Paint them the same colour as the wall so they're unontrusive - if it's a colour other that white, it's more striking." says interior designer gill Richardson. This deep wine is Pelt by Farrow and Ball, £25.50/2.5 litres.
Tip "Keep the sameflooring throughout a space to make the area seem larger," Ricardson says. This carpet is Sisal Panama in blue/silver,£37.50/sq m, from Taylored Flooring. The wallpaper is Woods 69/12148, £38/roll from Cole & Son.
Tip Create Zones."the best way to enlarge a small space is to decide what activities will go on in the room and allocate seperate spaces for them," says Richardson (of Goodchild Interiors), who designed this two bed, top-floor Grade II Listed Georgian Flat in Bristol. She created a dining arae at the end of the living room, with built in bench and display shelves, painted in Dulusx hebridean Mist 4, £19.49/2.5 litres from Dulux. "Built-in furniture takes up less room becouse it is made to fit."
Tip Look for replicas. This danish-style4/3 pendant light is £65 from bluesuntree.co.uk - a quarter the price of a Lois Poulsen design. "Don't be afraid to mix styles - this mid century piece works well in a Georgian setting," Richardson says.
Tip Stick to one colour in different shades."Use tones of the same colour to make some things stand out and others disapear," Richardson says. "This will trick the eye ino thinking there's more depth than thier really is." And remenber that dark colours look posher. this strong blue (Venitian Crystal 1 £19.49/2.5 litres from Dulux as before) on the kitchen units- cheap, plain carcasses from a trade shop - makes them apear solid and heavy, and more expensive."
Tip Think Storage. "its key to staying on top od a small space."
Tip Show as much floor as possible. "fit a wall hung toilet with a hidden cistern to make a small bathroom apear uncluttered."
Tip Think Vintage. "it warms up what is usually a boring clinical-looking room," Richardson says. Here a decorative reclaimed piano upright is transformed into a bath panel.
Tip Try something other tan white. The brown and gold flecked mosaic glass tiles behind the tub are Smokety Ridge, £55/sq m, from tilesofstow.co.uk and the turquoise paint is velvet Touch 1 from Dulux as before.