- Don‚Äôt do it
- Lowered furniture
- Hanging furniture
- Shelves from floor to¬†ceiling
- Light color of¬†a¬†floor
- Floor countering is the¬†same all over the¬†floor
- Wide mirrors from the¬†floor to¬†ceiling
- Total minimalism
- Optimisation of¬†a¬†storage
- Use transparent furniture
- Transparent zoning
- Panoramic Windows
- Lights out from a¬†ceiling
Don‚Äôt do it
We want to¬†live in¬†a¬†spacious house. To¬†make a¬†home larger, we can do two things: (obviously) make more square meters or¬†improve any interior. To¬†make more square meters, we spend more money on¬†construction or¬†save money on¬†some details.
I lived in¬†Russia, where everyone wanted more space with a¬†lower price per¬†square meter. So people don‚Äôt hire an¬†architect; instead, they buy the¬†readymade blueprints for¬†500-2000$. They save money on¬†materials, make cheaper windows and¬†doors, and¬†save money on¬†an¬†interior. Many houses in¬†Russia look like a¬†square (because you get more space and¬†spend less money on¬†walls) with small windows and¬†a¬†thin metallic door with a¬†height of¬†2 meters.
Most of¬†the¬†time, there are a¬†lot of¬†rooms that you don‚Äôt need to¬†use. Inside of¬†a¬†house, the¬†furniture will be cheap.
Usually, people argue: ‚Äúin¬†the¬†future, we will make a¬†good interior design, buy new furniture, etc.‚ÄĚ Most of¬†the¬†time, everything will stay the¬†same until the¬†cheap furniture is not¬†destroyed.
Is it your dream house? No. If you want to¬†make a¬†dream house, you should understand what you need inside a¬†home what functions you do there. You don‚Äôt follow the¬†will of¬†making more square meters. Instead, you spend more money on¬†suitable materials that will last longer and¬†be nice to¬†touch or¬†look at. You spend money on¬†an¬†architect who plans the¬†house for¬†your family‚Äôs needs and¬†builders who do the¬†high-quality job.
To¬†compensate for¬†the¬†lost square meters, we may expand an¬†interior using 14 methods:
The¬†most comfortable furniture is a¬†small one, making the¬†room look spacious.
Use the¬†good furniture‚ÄĒfor¬†example, the¬†chair of¬†Charles Eames. The¬†designer spent eight years finding the¬†correct form and¬†size of¬†an¬†armchair. I am sure that you have seen his chairs. It costs 8k$ for¬†the¬†original version and¬†1k$ for¬†a¬†replica. This chair is also low.
Use white or¬†one-color furniture to¬†expand the¬†room. Your eyes slide around the¬†house so that you will feel calm. The¬†low contrasting furniture (e.¬†g., black with white) also will expand the¬†room, but¬†not¬†as¬†good as¬†one-color furniture.
The¬†more floor you see, the¬†more space you feel. If you place a¬†wardrobe, dresser, bedside table, toilet, sink on¬†a¬†floor, it will feel like a¬†wall, like the¬†end of¬†space. When the¬†furniture is hung on¬†a¬†wall and¬†is hovered by¬†25-40 cm, you may see the¬†real end of¬†a¬†room and¬†feel more spacious.
Shelves from floor to¬†ceiling
In¬†a¬†previous tip, I said that the¬†furniture should hang on¬†the¬†wall without being attached to¬†the¬†floor. There is another variant with wardrobes and¬†a¬†kitchen. The¬†closet is a¬†huge element, and¬†the¬†closet will focus a¬†lot of¬†attention on¬†it. We should make this element less attentive. Therefore, we make a¬†wardrobe look like a¬†part of¬†a¬†wall.
Light color of¬†a¬†floor
Use wooden floor made of¬†ash, whitened ash, or¬†whitened oak (but¬†not¬†the¬†oak with natural color, it is too yellow). Don‚Äôt use the¬†parquet (wooden floor) with many knots, and¬†it clogs (litter) the¬†view and¬†makes space look smaller.
Use a¬†wide parquet with a¬†chamfer¬†‚Äď it is costly but¬†looks excellent.
Floor countering is the¬†same all over the¬†floor
You should use the¬†same wood in¬†every room, without any separators between rooms.
If you use a¬†different kitchen material, choose the¬†light porcelain stoneware that does not¬†have high contrast with the¬†wooden floor. Don‚Äôt use any separators between the¬†different materials. The¬†floor should be on¬†one level, without elevation (height difference).
Dont use a¬†skirting board. Usually, it is a¬†signal of¬†a¬†bad job of¬†a¬†builder. Professionals make the¬†wooden floor so close to¬†the¬†wall that you don‚Äôt see the¬†ending of¬†a¬†wood. (rephrase)
Skirting boards make ceilings look lower.
The¬†walls should be done out of¬†white color or¬†whitened ash, and¬†white expands the¬†space.
Wide mirrors from the¬†floor to¬†ceiling
Never use glossy floors and¬†ceilings¬†‚Äď they will also mirror every object, but¬†they will overwhelm the¬†space so that gloss will always stress your eyes.
Hide everything: wires, toys, clothes, photos, and¬†even books.
All the¬†gadgets: acoustics, projectors, TVs should have a¬†minimalistic design.
It would be best if you always kept everything clean, and¬†this is a¬†massive problem if you are not¬†decent. In¬†Sweden and¬†other Nordic countries, people live with one principle¬†‚Äď if you pass out now, the¬†house should look new. All the¬†minimalistic design lives on¬†this principle.
The¬†storage in¬†any interior should be everywhere: under the¬†bed, in¬†the¬†walls, under the¬†stairs, etc. There is always insufficient space to¬†store things. One of¬†the¬†ways to¬†increase storage without losing space is to¬†use a¬†cabinet (shelves) instead of¬†interior partitions (walls). It will not¬†make your sound isolation lower.
Another method is to¬†use cabinets (wardrobe) all over the¬†wall but¬†make them thin (40cm in¬†width). You may hang the¬†coats shirts in¬†parallel with a¬†wall. To¬†do it, you should turn the¬†pipe for¬†hangers perpendicularly to¬†a¬†wall.
Use transparent furniture
It is hard to¬†find nice transparent furniture. However, the¬†space looks bigger with the¬†transparent table or¬†chair, and¬†your eye does not¬†focus on¬†such furniture. But¬†in¬†the¬†long run, the¬†transparent furniture will gain scratches and¬†look bad. That is why the¬†idea of¬†working or¬†dining table is not¬†the¬†best one.
If you have a¬†toilet in¬†a¬† bedroom, you don‚Äôt need the¬†opaque (non-transparent) walls because only you or¬†your spouse will use it, but¬†the¬†room size will increase significantly. For¬†privacy reasons, you may use roller blinds (curtains).
The¬†walls made of¬†glass cancel the¬†noise only if the¬†glass is well attached to¬†the¬†normal wall. Otherwise, the¬†sound and¬†the¬†smell will go through small holes on¬†the¬†edges. That is why you should not¬†save money on¬†specialists.
You may make the¬†transparent glass on¬†the¬†higher part of¬†a¬†wall, which will make the¬†place more spacious without losing privacy.
If your house is too small, you may combine some rooms without making a¬†wall. You may combine a¬†living room, dining room, and¬†a¬†bedroom. Just think about ventilation and¬†keep your room clean. Your house will look much more spacious, and¬†you can invite many friends.
You may also make wide double doors (from floor to¬†ceiling).
You may use only tulle or¬†tulle with grey curtains.
Use transparent wardrobe rooms.
Panoramic windows make nature the¬†part of¬†your house, increasing the¬†space significantly. Your windows should be made from floor to¬†ceiling. Also, it is important to¬†hire professionals to¬†make the¬†right isolation, or¬†your windows will become wet every winter, the¬†mold will appear, and¬†you will have to¬†reinstall the¬†new windows, which can cost thousands of¬†dollars.
But¬†don‚Äôt forget: the¬†location is essential. Choose the¬†picturesque places close to¬†infrastructure. Don‚Äôt build such a¬†house in¬†a¬†village with awful houses, and¬†don‚Äôt have high fences on¬†your territory. You will destroy harmony.
The¬†good thing is to¬†place a¬†house close to¬†a¬†picturesque place, but¬†outside of¬†it¬†‚Äď in¬†a¬†moderate place¬†‚Äď you will make the¬†average place beautiful, and¬†the¬†home would not¬†touch the¬†scenic landscape.
Lights out from a¬†ceiling
Have you ever thought, why do we need light in¬†our house? Of¬†course, to¬†move around a¬†house, cook, and¬†take a¬†shower. But¬†what exactly do we need to¬†light? Imagine you are in¬†a¬†living room. You are sitting on¬†the¬†sofa and, e.¬†g., read a¬†book or¬†watch tv. What should be lighted? When you read a¬†book, the¬†only thing you want to¬†see is the¬†text in¬†a¬†book. You don‚Äôt want to¬†see a¬†sofa or¬†walls, a¬†floor to¬†be lighted because it will distract you. Imagine coming to¬†a¬†fashionable restaurant for¬†dinner. The¬†lights are usually dimmed so that you see your partner and¬†food. Does anyone light the¬†sofa or¬†a¬†floor? not¬†really.
Our eyes don‚Äôt like direct light, which comes from one point. In¬†old times people used the¬†chandelier in¬†the¬†middle of¬†a¬†room. The¬†problem with this method is that you can‚Äôt control the¬†light¬†‚Äď the¬†closer to¬†center elements get more light than the¬†further elements. Later, people decided to¬†place lights in¬†different parts of¬†the¬†room to¬†control the¬†lighting zones. Now, we got to¬†a¬†new level.
The¬†indirect lights have become popular. The¬†lights can be hidden anywhere so that you don‚Äôt see the¬†origin of¬†light. Light is scattered over the¬†surface: mostly over the¬†ceiling and¬†walls. In¬†the¬†new minimalist architecture, you will not¬†see any light sources, and¬†there will be nothing on¬†the¬†ceiling. In¬†the¬†further articles, I will tell more about each aspect I told here.
I hope these tips have helped you. The¬†recommendations were told by¬†Sergei Domogatsky, a¬†Russian architect who produces efficient fachwerk houses for¬†the¬†mass market.
If you plan a¬†house or¬†change the¬†interior, a¬†second opinion is essential. I explain the¬†disadvantages of¬†a¬†home and¬†give tips on¬†improvements. I don‚Äôt just say that something is terrible. I give broad explanations based on¬†hundred books that I have read about architecture, urban planning, design. I do it for¬†free. Just write me an¬†email: firstname.lastname@example.org.