With the average size of flats in Hong Kong somewhat limited, here are some tricks you can use to make your place feel bigger.
1. Maximise natural light
Allow more natural light to flow into the apartment. If renovating, you can convert multiple smaller windows into one large window. You may also consider removing security grates on windows (though not recommended if you have small children).
2. Eliminate dark corners
Add lighting around the perimeter of the apartment. This will draw focus outwards, and not inwards (unlike a spotlight, for example, which pinpoints your attention in one small area). Lighting on the perimeter of the apartment also illuminates the entire ceiling. This tricks your eyes into thinking the apartment is bigger, since the ceiling is often the largest uninterrupted surface of the apartment.
3. Choose light colours
To accentuate natural light, choose a lighter colour scheme for walls, ceilings, window frames, flooring and cupboards that will make the apartment brighter.
4. Expand the space with mirrors
Mirrors can be cleverly placed to reflect light around rooms. This could for example be a floor length mirror in the bedroom to draw the eyes upwards, or perhaps a darker metallic style mirror mounted on a bedroom storage unit.
5. Create multipurpose spaces
See if you can utilize creative solutions to transform your spare room. You can include a Murphy style bed — a bed hinged on one side that can be tucked away easily into a cabinet space — to quickly convert a spare bedroom into a study and vice versa.
6. Opt for showers
For the bathroom, remove small bath tubs and replace with larger walk in showers.
7. Free up floor space
Consider built-in appliances and storage — this will create a cleaner look, since everything appears uniform and is neatly flush against the wall, maximising floor space. Keep in mind however, that built-in appliances can be more expensive to buy, maintain and replace.
8. Transform your space
If you are more adventurous, think about converting two adjacent bedrooms into one larger bedroom.
9. Go double duty
In the kitchen, include a built-in tabletop/counter, which can double up as both a workspace and dining space, while seamlessly blending into the rest of the kitchen.
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