As cute and cosy small rooms are they can give you serious claustrophobia if not decorated tastefully and smartly. We list down 5 tried and tested tricks to make any small to medium-sized room look like your very own creatively decorated den.
Lighting is the key element
Take advantage of natural light as much as you can, which will open up your space. The more the light enters or stays in the room, the more sense of openness it will give to the human eye. If you don’t have a lot of windows in the room, place vertical lamps to lighten up dark corners if any.
Well-placed mirrors open up spaces
Ever walked into a mirror thinking it was an extension of another room? Use reflections to your advantage and give the illusion of space and roominess by strategically placing mirrors. Mirrors will reflect light as well as the view, which tricks the eye into doubling the space that’s actually there. You can also simply replace your existing closet doors with mirrored ones.
White or other pale hues such as lavender, soft pink, baby blue are easy on the eyes and unlike bold, dark colours give the human eye more space to run without feeling ‘blocked’. Light colours open up the space visually, and allow natural light to flow freely. Light colours such as white also blur the boundaries of the room, giving the eyes more room to run.
Choose furniture wisely
Furniture that is closer to the ground will give a sense of openness at eye level. Leaving more space above the room’s furniture, will accentuate the height of the room, making it feel bigger than it actually is.
Look for sofa sets, tables that can fit into a space without giving a ‘squeezed’ effect. A little space in between the sides of your furniture and the walls creates the illusion of roominess.
Another good tip is to buy sofas and armchairs with raised legs, they create a sense of light and space and/or look for multi-purpose coffee tables, sofas with hidden storage compartments.
Instantly add more height to the room by decorating it with tall lamps, decorative articles and vertical paintings. This trick here is to make the eye go upward and giving it a sense of spaciousness. Painting the ceiling a darker colour will also draw attention upward. While pale colours open up a room, dark ceilings create depth and make the room look larger than it actually is.
Safest places for solo female travelers
If you’re a girl-on-the-go whose heels get itchy every 3 – 6 months for some globe-trotting, you’d know just how difficult it is to plan a trip. Weather, cost, visa, convenience are some of the things every traveler has to consider in detail before every trip. However, one factor that bothers most female travelers is the safety of travelling alone and what places are “female-friendly”. We list down 5 travel destinations that are safest for female travelers travelling alone along with a whole lot of fun.
Iceland ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index, a report released by the Institute for Economics and Peace gauging the peacefulness of regions and countries around the world so obviously it had to be numero uno on our list too. If you’re a nature’s child, this place is the place with you with selfie perfect attractions such as the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights.
Also touted as the hub of fashion, food and glamour, Italy has slowly but surely become the glamour capital of Europe. Walking on the cobbled streets of Italy lauded with culture and heritage gives a sense of empowerment and enlightenment at the same time. Florence, mainly known for its architecture (hello terracotta roofs) is an ideal and not to mention safe place for a solo traveler who also is an undercover history, architecture and culture lover.
If you’re clean freak with hint of OCD, Singapore will be your playland minus the mess obviously. With futuristic buildings, clean and safe environment, this SouthEast Asian beauty is the perfect place for the girl who looks for art in architecture, loves shopping and never says no to delectable cuisines.
Tim Hortons, Maple syrup and snowstorms, there are so many reasons Canada pops up on our newsfeed but not many people know that it’s also the safest place for solo female travelers. Experience Europe for less and head to Montreal. With its scenic riverfront Old Port, history museums, an array of restaurants offering cuisines from all over the world and old cobblestone streets leading to 17th-century buildings, Montreal is the European experience when you’re on a budget.
Auckland, New Zealand
Also known as the Land of the Kiwis, New Zealand is one of the most visited places by solo travelers. It is extremely safe, has breathtaking views and plethora of outdoor activities to keep your itchy toes satisfied.
Life-changing books every woman should read
You don’t read a book you have a relationship with it and there are some of these relationships that we keep going back to because they teach us something new every time, they inspire us to do better and more importantly, they help us realise our own feelings manifested so brilliantly into one of numerous characters. Here is a list of some of our favourites that we can’t seem to get over!
Complete stories by Dorothy Parker
Witty, crass and oh-so-funny, Dorothy Parker is the skeptic we all need in our life to take everything with a grain of salt and double question everything. If you’re looking for some motivation, you need to pick up this book today to embark on this journey of razor-sharp commentary on the ordinary lives of ordinary people. Parker’s beyond brash one-liners and clever rhymes are sure to make you crack up at the extraordinariness of ordinary.
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
“I’d rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all,” says Gay and we couldn’t agree more. Roxane’s articles on modern feminism are hilarious as she tells all and comes clean about what it’s like to be a feminist who enjoys anti-feminist things such as hip-hop and reality TV. She is honest, she is aware and most importantly Roxane is funny and relatable!
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
We are assuming most of the female population on this planet has already read this book for the vicarious thrills and escapist kicks this book is loaded with. This mention, however, is for any girl who hasn’t read it yet! Seriously, girl come on! If you’ve lost someone close to you and feel like there will be no end to your plight, you will find that much needed comfort by reading how Gilbert fell to the ground, stood up and turned her life around because remember, you are the heroine of your story!
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melodie Beattie
We have all been there. Expected more, loved more, cared more and the list goes on and so does the list of things that left us disappointed. So we found a book filled with no-mess strategies to overcome destructive behavior, dodge drama, and regain control over our lives we say, sign us up sista! Beattie explains why it’s so difficult but so important to love yourself through enlightening anecdotes and hand holds you through the journey to independence, self-fulfillment and eventually happiness.
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is the realest a love story can be. The constant ego match between Darcy and Elizabeth is the perfect definition of dislocated attraction, while the external factors and their own internal conflicts constantly tearing them apart coupled with Austen’s social critique will at some point make you go omg same! The book teaches us some important lessons such as that the adage first impression is the last impression should be thrown to the wolves and that sometimes we are so blinded by bias that we fail to see the person infront of us.
- Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
- A Fiery Heart by Charlotte Bronte
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- The Woman Code by Sophia A Nelson