Less is more: simple tricks to make your home feel bigger

March 19, 2015 11:59
Fewer and smaller pieces of furniture help maximize usable space. Photo: Clifton Leung Design Workshop

Some people always want more out of life. Others realize that in some cases -- like interior design -- less is more.

Given a mandate to create a spacious living environment, designer Clifton Leung tried to keep things simple when designing the interior of a flat in a Sheung Wan project for a foreign couple.

He chose smaller pieces of furniture to maximize usable space.

Light colors are used throughout, from the beige sofa to the white walls and light-gray floor.

The color scheme goes well with the natural light and open view brought in by floor-to-ceiling windows on different sides of the apartment.

To keep everything neat and tidy, Leung installed wall cabinets and a raised platform under the bed to provide enough storage.

Another key trick is the removal of two walls of the kitchen to turn it into a semi-open cooking space. The study room adjacent to the kitchen is now visually connected to it through a sliding glass door.

Despite the recent tightening of mortgage rules by the government, home prices have shown little sign of abating.

Centadata figures show that the last transaction at this project, Cherry Crest, was registered in May 2014, when a 696 square foot flat changed hands at HK$12 million, or HK$17,241 per sq ft. Offers on the market now, if any, are likely to be higher.

One 720 sq ft unit is posted on property site squarefoot.com as being available for lease at HK$50,000 a month.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on March 18.

Adapted and translated by Raymond Tsoi

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By replacing a kitchen wall with a sliding glass door, the cooking space is visually connected to the study room. Photo: Clifton Leung Design Workshop

Reporter at Hong Kong Economic Journal