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6 Interior Design Hacks you never knew you needed!

Updated: May 25, 2022

As we end September and enter into the final quarter of the year, here are a few hacks we collected from our past projects that could help you reimagine and decorate your own interior spaces.

1. Placing a dining area in a limited living space

Here's one way to sneak a dining area into a small living space. To separate the main areas, for example, a kitchen and living area, place furniture and then define the space with statement pieces and design. The dining area space below was defined by a break in the wall colour, a little carpet and simple lighting. Not only did we create a dining area, but one with a breakfast bar! It's not magic - it's the power of visualization & design

Interior night render showing dining area of "The Holiday Apartment" by IODS Design

2. Corridor Mirrors

We all know mirrors create an illusion of more space, but corridor mirrors in particular will make great difference in your space. The reflection of light, the illusionof space, the elongation effect and that last glance which let's you know that you're stepping out in bathroom sandals with your shirt worn inside-out... All these are reasons why you should place mirrors in your corridors.

Interior render showing corridor from "The Grey House" by IODS Design

3. Depth play

This one is a hint to what next month's design topic will be. Playing with depth can help you create a multi-functional space, regardless of its size. We added character to the bedroom design below by playing with depth.

Bedroom Interior by IODS Design

You can see a cascading effect from the door/entry area to the bed area to the vanity area. This defines each space within the room and their use without any actual separation. Notice that the area for the bed headboard is recessed into the gypsum wall placed along the bedroom wall, which would've otherwise been a straight and boring wall. The gypsum ceiling also adds to the play with depth and additionally, the coloured lighting lining the gypsum puts the cherry on top.

4. Wall Storage

When maximizing use of space, walls aren't out of bounds. We designed the wooden wall below in a way that it supports the stair railing, holds storage space for small items, as well as allows light and air to pass through. That's a lot of use. The little spaces can be used to display decor items, books or plants. Different materials can also be used to build the wall.

"The Bold Stairway" by IODSDesign

5. Furnishing linear spaces

When working with a linear space you have no choice but to use the walls as a guide for furnishings. You can either build storage into the wall or place furniture along the walls to create more space for circulation between them. You want to keep everything muted and minimal so as not to cramp the already tight space.

Low Cost Studio Rental by IODS Design

A linear spatial typology works best for tiny studios - keep the furnishings minimal and you just might think you have a lot of space.

Low Cost Studio Rental by IODS Design

6. Corner Spaces

For any corner space, you almost always have to customize furniture. Decor items like large plant vases can help bring life to the dead corner space. Book shelves and floating shelves also do the trick. But for spaces that are intended for seating areas, you may have to customize furniture. The custom table design below is the first version of a corner table from our "Akada Furniture Collection". It was designed for this tricky dining space that was also part corridor. The rounded edge of the table is not only safe for passage but allows people to easily flow into the spaces around the corner.

Corner dining set by IODS Design

Look out for updates on our furniture collection which is currently being planned and designed meticulously for all you minimal, clean design lovers! We will be sharing more design hacks from our design journey on Thursdays. Do follow our social pages for more.

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