Antonia's Notebook: Looking for Space
PUBLISHED: 10:45 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 18:52 20 February 2013
All the latest interiors news and trends from Sussex Life interiors expert Antonia Edwards. Check out Antonia's design blog www.upcyclist.co.uk
An illusion of space
We have a very narrow hallway leading to a stairwell with high ceilings, what can we do to make it look more welcoming?
Hang a pendant light as this will make the ceiling feel lower. Anything where the light is directed upwards will make it seem higher. A mirror on one side of the corridor would also be good for creating the illusion of width.
If there is no space for furniture, add colour and character through surface decoration. Fussy, patterned wallpaper could make it feel even narrower so your best bet is to brighten up the space with a feature floor. This will also be the first thing you see as you open the door.
For the stairs Id recommend looking at Kersaint Cobb. Their Morocco runners are made of 100% sisal and come in ten classical and contemporary designs influenced by the vibrant colours of a North African market (see Rabat pictured below). Choose from vertical stripes or a bordered style, available at Mister Smith Interiors, Brighton 01273 605574 and Crowborough 01892 664152
Sofas for small spaces
Where can we find a sofa to go in a very small alcove in our bedroom?
Purchasing a new sofa is no walk in the park. Apart from finding one thats the right colour and size, its got to be extremely comfortable, complement your existing decor and fit through the front door.
Sofas that have a bulky, squishy feel can swamp a space. Opt for tailored upholstery and castors that raise it off the floor so that it has space to breathe. Think about all the dimensions including the height. Will it block the view if it sits in a bay window, for example?
Have a look at Sofas and Stuff which has a showroom in Fittleworth 01798 300350 and Littlehampton 01903 714812. They do a wide selection of small sofas in a variety of designs. These can be upholstered in a choice of fabrics including chenille, cottons, linens and velvets. Also Ligne Roset do some fabulous contemporary designs in small sizes. Pictured is the Mol sofa, available at Ligne Roset Brighton 01273 669680.
Which table to choose?
What are the advantages of choosing a rectangular dining table over a round one?
As Im sure King Arthur would advocate, a round table is generally more conducive to group conversation. An added benefit is the reduced likelihood of bruising from sharp corners, as well as arguments over who sits at the head.
On the whole though, a rectangular table is likely to be more space efficient. It can be temporarily moved against a wall and pulled out when extra seating is required. A rectangular table can also visually elongate the room, creating the illusion of space.
Whatever shape you choose, map out your optimum size and shape on the floor using newspaper.
Its good to have it centrally aligned with something such as a window or the length of a sofa. A good place to go for solid oak dining furniture is Chantry House Oak in Chichester (01243 776 811).
Below is their handcrafted Pippy oak table with gothic chairs.