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Making the Most of Small Spaces

Listen While Reading: How Are You True // Cage The Elephant

For those of you living at university like me, you know what it’s like to be confined in a bare-walled, characterless space. When I arrived here I was half horrified at the prison-like appearance of the room, but half excited to see what I would come up with to make this place my home away from home. I am a person that needs to feel comfortable in my space that I come home to every day. After a long day of school work and errands, I like to spend some time reflecting quietly or watching my favorite shows. Here is a list of tips to help you transfer your personal style into a space that may not seem so inspiring to begin with.

1. Get rid of extraneous belongings. Donate, sell, or throw away anything you know you don’t really need. You don’t need to sell your soul to minimalism, but if you have too much clutter around you, it can make the room feel claustrophobic and much smaller than it already is. The plus side is, if you let go of things that you know you will not use again, you have room to get some new items that will look great in your space!

2. Pick a color scheme. This actually goes for any space. Whether it’s plain white or a colorful mix of patterns, it can really pull the room together and reflect your style. Lighter colors tend to make spaces feel more open and airy, but if you prefer a darker aesthetic, it can still look great if you decorate it well!

3. Keep things organized. I am an organization fiend— there’s nothing like an organized desk with cute stationary and pens to motivate you to start creating. For those of you in the U.S, The Container Store has a plethora of options for any type of home organization you can possibly think of. I also love Muji, which has really simple clear acrylic containers as well as nice quality writing tools.

4. Use mirrors. The reflections will make the room look bigger and more open. If you have a few good sized mirrors in the right places, it will make you feel less confined.

5. Find creative storage spaces. Use cute containers to store things under your bed, put books under a coffee table, or install floating shelves to take the place of standing shelves.

6. Surround yourself with inspiration. If you need or want to spend a lot of time in this space—whether it is your bedroom, an office, or a multipurpose room— you want to feel relaxed when you are there. Mood boards, artwork, and unique furniture can bring you happiness and motivation.

If you use these tips as a guide, I am sure you will create a space that you will be excited to come home to. You can also change your space up whenever you like. Styles always change and sometimes we all just need some fresh inspiration. Decorating can be really fun, so enjoy!


Words by Martha Beaven // Photography by Ashley Sharma.

© 2015 Reef Magazine


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