We are living in a tough economic climate and office space has become more and more expensive, with the result that companies are choosing spaces that are smaller than before. This presents some new challenges for interior designers because, now more than ever, companies need to create work environments that resonate the company’s culture. You know how they say you can tell more about someone within five minutes of standing in their house than you can by talking to them for a couple of hours? The same applies to offices – prospective clients will judge your business on the impression that they get from your office’s decor. That’s why corporates and homeowners equally need to get on board with adopting design trends that make the most of small spaces. Here are some tips that will help you to make sure that your small office design and small home design is on point…

Making light of the situation

Light and space are necessary for airy interiors. So if you want to make your spaces seem larger you need to make the most of of these elements. Not all properties will be spacious with large windows for natural light but, if you are clever with lighting, you can create the impression that your interior is bigger than it actually is. To maximise small office design place lamps in gloomy corners, or spotlights in dark basements to counteract the cave effect.

Look on the bright side

Light bounces off lighter colours more than darker ones. Using light coloured paint for the walls, skirting and coving will ensure that the eye moves over surfaces and is unobstructed by barriers, making it seem more spacious. And make sure the ceiling is smooth and a similar hue.

Make the most of the space you have

Arranging your furniture will go a long way to making sure that you are not creating a cluttered feel for your home interiors and small office design. You can also consider using clear plastic or glass for furniture as this will not obstruct the eye. Or use furniture that is approximately the same shade as your walls for the the same effect.

Through the looking glass

Mirrors are an interior designer’s secret weapon for creating more space because they create an illusion of depth and space in a room as well as reflecting light. Placing a mirror at the bottom of a hall will give an illusion of length, while putting a mirror opposite or adjacent to windows will brighten the place by reflecting light. So take a minute and reflect on what you would like the mirror to reflect.

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Use your illusions

As with clothing, horizontal lines can make a space seem squashed while vertical lead the eye upwards and can make spaces seem longer than they are. Using wider boards with fewer joins will open out a space. And by using larger tiles in the bathroom and kitchen you can also give the feeling that the space is bigger.

Remember, Autodesk has a range of tools that can help you make the most of every interior, from small office design to small home design. Watch the AutoCAD design overview video.