Designing For Small Spaces

The increasing number of small flats, apartments and living spaces throughout the world is a result of the on-going growing population and migration of people to cities and the urban housing development.  The increasing prices for property and the continuing climb in urbanization is forcing people into less space, particularly in cities like London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong where land is priced at a premium due to its limited supply.  The human needs are still the same, so how does the lack of space affect human wellbeing?  Over the last 30 years, the perception of what constitutes small apartments has totally changed.  Historically, small apartments generally offered floor space  of about 55 square meters.  Today, it is very common in large urban cities to find apartments as small as 10-15 square meters.  According to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA, 2012), lack of space is the most common cause of dissatisfaction people cite in relation to their homes.  According to the United Nation’s Urbanization report from 2014, the number of people living in big cities will increase with 66% by 2050 (United Nations, 2014).  The projected increase in demand for home will inevitably lead to an increase in property prices too. 

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9 Best ways to use lighting in interior design

It can be a little daunting when considering lighting options, but the first and most encouraging thing to know is that there are no set rules. Everyone has a different idea about what type of light scheme would suit them – some want pockets of light for a homely feel, others a bright and airy look. Essentially it’s all about balance. Here are our top lighting tips by luxury interior designer René Dekker, and some trade secrets, to help you get it right and create fabulous lighting schemes for that perfect look.

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