Just because you live in a shoe-box-size apartment doesn’t mean you can’t be a hostess with the mostess. Sure, you might not be hosting a cocktail party for 80, but an intimate dinner party or small soirée are certainly not out of the question if you’re savvy about using the space you have. Here, 10 tips for big-time entertaining in a small-scale room.1. Clear thinking
living/dining space as clutter-free as possible,” advises Anoushka Allum of Smart Space Interiors. That
means packing away all non-essential items – use your bedroom as extra storage
if your options are limited.
2. Kitchen tidy
applies to the kitchen, particularly if you are serving a buffet-style meal on
your kitchen bench. Clear workspaces, and, once you’ve finished all your prep
work in the kitchen, fill your sink with ice to create a space-saving drinks cooler.
3. Night shift
Moving your main pieces of furniture against the wall will enhance a feeling of
space. Or consider swapping your dining and living rooms around for the night:
putting your dining table in the traditionally larger living area will heighten
the sense of occasion and give you more room to play with.
4. Tricks of the lightLighting is key. “String fairy
lights around the perimeter of the room to add atmosphere and intimacy,” says
Karen Akers of Designed by Karen Akers. “And use tealights: they’re small,
don’t take up much space but can add a lot to a room’s ambience.”
5. Simplicity itself
Remember that less is more in a small room: “It’s the concept of keeping everything looking
visually light,” says Anoushka. Think one dramatic flower in a bud vase rather
than a large arrangement as your table centrepiece, and tableware and glassware
with clean, solid lines.
6. Sitting prettySeating can be a problem in tiny spaces, so
think creatively. Long benches seat more people than chairs: place one against
a wall and move the table in, adding to your floor space. Ottomans are indispensable.
“Multi-purpose furniture is the key,” says Anoushka. “Choose small foot stools or ottomans with
storage – perfect for seating.”
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