When we think of increasing the sense of space in a smaller home, we don’t often think of whacking up the colour. Most often, we turn to plain, cool colour schemes to increase the visual dimension of a room. Colour becomes a feared entity, one that threatens to overcomplicate an already challenged space. But wait, when done juuust right, colour can be a great champion in the pursuit of perceived spaciousness. In these two examples, we’ll explore specifically the orange and blue colour combo that can transform an ordinary small room into an extraordinary spaced out layout, purely through distinction.
Visualizer: Golden Vision Studio
This 25 square metre flat in Lille, France. Was designed for an active young couple who find beauty in ordinary things. A soft white decor scheme was modelled around orange and blue uplifting elements to evoke a positive spirit. A minimalist art piece is the main focal point of the living room dining room combo. It’s solo geometric shape signifies simplicity and ease.
A long white modern sofa reclines beneath a matching white arc floor lamp. A pale rug softens the floor.
One small side table stands out in a happy shade of orange. This little splash of eye catching colour adds a substantial layer to the compact lounge, without encroaching on floor space.
By the base of the floor lamp, we can see that the baseboards have been given a lick of orange paint to match too. This small addition works on almost a subconscious level to belt all of the colour accents around the room together.
The flat is divided into a kitchen with dining area, and a recreation zone with a dedicated reading corner. The reading nook is clearly defined by the incorporation of an inviting orange accent chair.
The comfortable reading chair pulls up close to a freestanding white bookcase in the reading nook. Books are arranged in modern blue magazine racks, and decorative items intersperse to fashion an attractive display.
White dining pendant lights descend on a brilliant blue dining table.
An orange teapot/flower jug increases the colour intensity of the table.
Sunlight and daisies bring added cheer to the colour saturated round dining table top.
Various orange trinkets pop up around the room, including this orange decorative vase and motivational art.
… Just like this subtle Menu JWDA table lamp.
Visualizer: Obrys Design
This stylish 78 square metre apartment was designed for a young couple and their beloved pet. The small open plan includes a compact lounge, and a kitchen with a bespoke dining island. A cosy circular rug separates the lounge from the culinary zone. A round coffee table echoes its outline.
A pet bed has been incorporated into the design of the unique kitchen island. The decorative copper bars used on the TV wall serve dual purpose here as a crate door. See cat furniture here.
A vase and a modern fruit bowl provide the table centrepiece.
Orange paintwork and a coordinating kitchen backsplash colour the back of the room. The depth of colour elongates the space.
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