How To Design A Small Retail Space Effectively

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How To Design A Small Retail Space Effectively

June 8, 2017 Business Services 0

One very challenging part an interior designer’s job, is having to work with all sorts of spaces. Big, small, round, rectangular, you name it. Here, we will be looking at what goes into ensuring a small space is made the maximum use out of. Not only does it need to look good especially when it is a retail space in question, it also must be practical. After all, you want to be able to move about comfortably and so do your customers. Working with small spaces is naturally quite tricky, but arming yourself with the right tips can be really useful.


What this means is that if you want to bring the space to life without seeming overbearing or cluttered, you should look at working on one wall. Use a bold colour, hang paintings, draw a mural, whatever you think will help make it stand out. Of course, do not go completely insane on it if not it will look rather silly; but your aim is to draw attention to it. You will notice that spaces with such touches actually have a very attractive ambience about them. So when you are getting your retail interior design plans together, ask the designer (if you are hiring a professional), whether this is a possibility. It often is, so no worries there.


The same rule that applies in the world of fashion applies here. To create long, lean silhouettes, you need to work with vertical patterns not horizontal. Incorporate vertical thinking wherever possible including the shelves if any. Use floor-to-ceiling curtains and even paintings you use should be more elongated than rectangular. It makes the space appear less stubby. Which is why stylists always recommend steering clear of horizontal patterned clothes if you want to look taller. Horizontal patterns work well with making spaces seem fuller, which is not what you want when designing a small space.


You will be astonished at what a difference the right lighting can make. When it is a retail space in question, you need to be extra careful since you want every corner to be well lit. If any of it is left in the dark, nobody is going to notice it. The type of lighting you go for will depend on whether it is a simple interior design or a luxury one; but what matters is that you incorporate it. In fact, whether it is a restaurant design in question or an office for that matter, lighting has a huge impact not only on the space itself, but also people’s mentalities which can have a direct effect on their buying patterns.


This should seem rather obvious, but many still tend to fit too many things assuming it will all work out at some point because everyone will ‘get used to it’. Which the staff might sure, but in a retail space your customers are not going to be coming back if they find it too cramped in there so they certainly will not get used to it. Use furniture that is not too bulky; even your curtains should be more light than heavy. This is especially important for small spaces since it gives it an airy feeling. Think small, while keeping the bigger picture in mind at all times.