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With the cost of living in major cities on the rise, land is at a premium and space has become the ultimate luxury. In this article, we explore why spaces are getting smaller and how to use color to make a small space work hard.  

Sizing Down in Dubai

Photo by J Shim

Dubai’s population is one of the fastest-growing in the world. Established in 1957, the city has since experienced rapid urban growth. Due to rising land and apartment costs, smaller floorplans are becoming increasingly popular. Dubai’s case is not unlike other major cities, such as New York, Toronto, Singapore, and Hong Kong, where the population is expanding faster than it can be accommodated.

For Dubai’s urban dwellers, reliant on the city center for work and play, a small space can pose a feasible alternative to being priced out of the city center altogether. The small-space-dwellers of Dubai are proof that sizing down doesn’t have to be at the expense of living large.

We love the way Noon Designs By Noura incorporated a functional, yet beautiful office in the living room. Turning a space into a multi-use living area is one way Interior Designers create space-saving areas without compromising designs.

New York, New York

Photo by Liza Rusalskaya

There’s really no debate about it: New York City is the most expensive city in the United States. In a similar vein to Dubai, New York is a city that has experienced rapid urban growth, resulting in a cost of living that is a jarring 120 percent higher than the national average.

New York City is home to more than eight million people, making it the most populated city in the United States, in addition to the most expensive one to live in. In NYC, small-space-dwellers are pragmatic and equal parts inspiring. While square footage is a sacrifice many urbanites have to make, they make up for it in style, creativity, and space-saving-hacks. Think: tiny houses, multipurpose spaces, concealable storage, and custom shelving.

Explore Color Options for Small Spaces with Vishion 

Along with space-saving furniture and clever layouts, paint choice can be an important tool in getting the most out of a small interior. For example, light colors tend to be more reflective, making them the traditional choice for a small space. Alternatively, darker and more saturated hues can be used to play up the cozy vibe of a small space. 

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