Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Create Space, Make Light; Design on a Budget Cool Seasonal Greys and Blues Add Scandi Flavour to a Small London Flat as Owner Lizzie Rivera Tackles the Space Challenge

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Create Space, Make Light; Design on a Budget Cool Seasonal Greys and Blues Add Scandi Flavour to a Small London Flat as Owner Lizzie Rivera Tackles the Space Challenge

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Byline: Lizzie Rivera

CAREFULLY chosen furniture and accessories can free up space and transform the smallest of city homes. Even your choice of colours is important. Pale winter neutrals, from soft blues to dove greys, have been striding off the catwalk and into our high-street homeware stores for a reason these are the colours that help to create a cool and uncluttered look, with interest added by texture, from cosy knits to shimmering velvets. And once you have chosen your colour theme, it's time to pick the key pieces and accessories that will emphasise a sense of space.

TOP 10 BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL SPACES 1 LIGHTING Concealed lighting and uplighters will illuminate a room without adding to clutter. "Lighting should be one of your main considerations. Use a selection of lamps to bounce light off the walls and provide extra brightness. Placing candles around your room will create a relaxed atmosphere with soft, flattering light," says Matalan's homeware design manager, Mags Milliken. Blue devon floor lamp (living room) PS69, tesco.com; metal-rim lanterns (living room shelves), PS12, matalan.com.

2 WINDOWS A blind that rolls from the bottom of the window upwards offers privacy when you want it without completely blocking out natural light.

Silver Atlantex solar blind (living rom), from PS18.90, on 0845 421 3561 or visit directblinds.com.

3 THINK TALL Buy a bed with the maximum storage underneath. Choose bed linen with a maximum of two colours to keep the look simple. Declutter by using a whole wall for hidden storage the highest shelves for the least-used items.

In the bedroom: velvet throw, PS50, matalan.com; shelf, PS19, ikea.com.

4 FLEXIBLE FRIENDS Choose a sofabed with storage and dress it with throws and cushions. "Go for cosy but not overwhelming by mixing textures in similar shades to create a co-ordinated look," advises interiors stylist Ali Lovett.

In the living room: Togo sofabed, PS699, modern.co.uk; faux-mohair stripe throw, PS20, matalan.com; cushions from PS6, Matalan, George and Tesco.

5 CREATE EXTRA LIVING ZONES Remove a base unit in the kitchen to create extra space under the worktop for seating and a breakfast bar. …

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