Small space, big style: Justine Wilson’s Top 5 tricks for making any home feel bigger

Forget expensive extensions and knocking down walls, adding a sense of space to a property that’s about to hit the market doesn’t have to break the bank.

According to leading Sydney property stylist Justine Wilson, from Vault Interiors, there are a number of tactics stylists use when working with small or tight spaces, such as using mirrors and clearing away heavy window and floor furnishings, that can make any space appear bigger.

“When working in small spaces or tiny homes, which I’m currently working on a container palette conversion, it’s really important to not be tempted to overdo it,” she says.

“Simple furniture that doesn’t take up the entire space, room to move by creating pathways with couch and dining placements, coupled with the strategic hanging of mirrors throughout are a few cost effective ways to many any space feel larger in an instant.”

Here’s Justine’s top 5 styling tricks to create space:

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Invest in a number of different shaped and sized mirrors to place throughout the home.

The aim is to place the mirrors so that they bring the reflection of the outdoors in and, where possible, have them reflect on each other.

Ditch heavy curtains and rugs

It may be tempting to place runners and rugs in the living area of the home, however in small spaces this is a no-no.

If you really feel like you can’t go without a rug, opt for a cowhide and when it comes to curtains, opt for sheer blinds or light and airy free-flowing curtains.

White it out

All white walls and roofs are the way to go, and if you’re renovating go for white flooring options as well.

The whiter the better to not close in any of the spaces or create dark corners due to paint choice.

You can add pops of colour in your accessories, and it makes it easy to change colour hues as the seasons change.

Focus on the verticals

Vertical panelling is becoming very popular once again and it’s perfect for small rooms.

It can be purchased in pre-made pieces and its relatively easy to install. Just remember to keep it light or white.

Keep it simple

Small spaces and homes require discipline to not over style or try and fit in as much furniture as you can. Less is always more in small spaces.

Be savvy with furniture choices and opt for couches and beds with under seat storage, or ottoman
coffee tables versus traditional tables.

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Justine Wilson

Justine Wilson is the director and owner of Vault Interiors. She has a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Technology Sydney – and an impressive history of experience over the years in styling and staging homes for sale.