IN A SMALL FLAT, WHAT COLOR DO I PAINT THE WALLS, CEILING, AND DOORS?
The decorator Pia Capdevila is committed to making color combinations in different shades of gray on the walls, ceiling and doors. Of course, “always with a blank ceiling”. If you are looking to give a more enveloping sensation, what is known as the “bonbon effect”, a good option is to paint the ceiling and even the doors the same color as the walls, so visually the space looks continuous, without interruptions.
CORNER SOFA OR A CONVENTIONAL ONE?
If your living room is small, you have probably considered betting on a corner sofa or a chaise longue design, since you will always win an extra seat. In addition, it is common for many of them to offer storage space or have the option of an extra bed for guests. However, to place a corner sofa you will need a corner from 250 x 250 cm. In the case of the chaise longue, the minimum is that the sofa measures 240 x 150 cm.
SMALL ROOMS, WITH OR WITHOUT A COFFEE TABLE?
The interior designer does not doubt it: “Although it seems that the coffee tables take up space and are hardly worth anything, with a well-thought-out design you can turn it into an auxiliary element with various functions to take the role of furniture for everything in the living room.”
THE KITCHEN OPEN OR CLOSED?
Open or closed kitchen ? It is one of the most common dilemmas when decorating a small floor, where every cm counts. The decorator Pia Capdevila does not doubt it: “The kitchens open to the day area visually enlarge the space. Of course, it must be borne in mind that the furniture in both rooms is chosen so that it integrates with the rest of the space.”
IN THE DINING ROOM, ROUND OR STRAIGHT TABLE?
In small dining rooms, whether choosing a round or rectangular table is common. The decorator Pia Capdevila believes that a round table always gives more play in terms of the capacity of diners since the angles do not limit the number of chairs. It works very well when the spaces are a little square in plan and Also, they give more harmony to the spaces. Of course, if space does not ask us, aesthetically we will have to resort to the rectangular one “.
IS IT A GOOD OPTION TO BET ON A BENCH IN THE DINING ROOM?
Definitely! “The bench is a very decisive resource when we want a wall to make us a sitting area, since it allows us to make the most of the space. Between the wall and the table we have to fit a chair and the passage space, so both the bench helps us to optimize that space. In 60 cm a bench fits perfectly while if we put a chair we need a minimum 100 or 150 cm between the wall, the chair and the passage area, “says the decorator.
THE BATHROOM, OPEN OR CLOSED TO THE BEDROOM?
“If your floor is small, when designing the bathroom, you can install the sink cabinet in an area open to the bedroom or dressing room and close only the shower and toilet to gain open meters and a feeling of spaciousness,” says the decorator.
IN A SMALL BATHROOM, SHOWER OR BATHTUB?
An XL shower will always be more comfortable than a mini bathtub. Furthermore, as Pia Capdevila explains, “the shower always expands the visual sensation of a bathroom more. To achieve an even more light and spacious feeling, use a screen design that is the minimum possible expression.”
IS IT A GOOD OPTION TO UNIFY THE FLOOR OF THE ENTIRE HOUSE?
When decorating a small floor, choosing a single floor is always a success, because it gives a greater sense of spaciousness. In addition, as Pia explains, “today there are countless floors that can be comfortable, long-lasting and beautiful for the entire house.” In this sense, micro cement, vinyl or laminate floors can be a good option.
ON SMALL FLOORS, BETTER CURTAINS OR BLINDS?
The blinds, being closer to the window, occupy less than the curtains. In addition, in windows that do not reach the floor, they allow you to take advantage of the free part of the wall. However, as Pia explains, the decision to go for curtains or blinds depends largely on the type of windows. “If you have balcony doors at home, I always bet more on the curtains.”
If your apartment is small, it is likely that you have asked yourself some, if not all, of the questions that we have asked and to which interior designer Pia Capdevila has answered.
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