Negative space defines good design. It’s often the most restrained spaces that are the most beautiful.
Reducing clutter and simplifying your living spaces can elevate your home. In Japanese culture, where interior design is exceptional, tasteful and pervasive; the concept of negative space is integral. It connects you to the wider world and prevents you feeling that your walls are closing in on you.
The trick is to decide how you’re going to frame your empty space. You can effect this through where you place your furniture.
It’s All About Balance
Try to look for negative space opportunities that will balance the room.
Train yourself to look for opportunities to create space. Will that cluttered table look better cleared off?
Look for spots that would look more sophisticated and simple if elements were removed.
Think Of Blank Space As Another Piece of Furniture
There’s a difference between intentional blank space and space you’ve just overlooked. A great way to think about this is to imagine blankness as a piece of furniture.
Where can you place it? What does it go well with? What does it clash with?
Give Space A Chance
Open spaces won’t always be right for you. Experiment, give things a try.
If, after a few days, the negative space hasn’t freshened the atmosphere of the room, then fill it with something. But keep in mind that empty space is always a tool in your arsenal.
Blank Space Opens Up A Room
Plenty of factors influence the feeling of size in a room. Blank space is one of the most important (as well as lighting & colour usage).
Rooms that embrace emptiness look much larger. Keep this in mind if you’re designing for a small space.
Use Mirrors To Add Detail to a Sparse Room
It can be difficult swapping over to emptiness and spaciousness. When we’re designing a space, we tend to prefer to load it up with objects to create an effect.
If you’re really struggling to pare back, a mirror can be a great way to get the best of both worlds. Mirrors add detail to a room without filling it with another distracting object.
They also make the openness feel more intentional, and they increase the feeling of space.
Blank Spaces Call Attention to Structure
If you’re in a house with a unique structure, open space can turn that into a feature.
Keeping hallways and entryways cleared can guide attention to the structure of the building itself.
Filled Spaces Are Often Cluttered Spaces
We all get attached to our belongings. But sometimes we end up attached to things that aren’t useful or meaningful to us.
Think about the spaces in your home. Do you really need the things that fill them, or is it just easier to leave them full?
Embrace the simplification of the spaces you live in.
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A split tennis ball
This can prevent metal clips etc. from clinking against metal poles.
Vertical Jumping Pole Holder
This clever, simple design allows you to store your poles on a wall – and it looks great.
In-Built Stable Storage
An excellent use of space (and so useful to have storage between stables) – this is an excellent idea if you’re building.
A Collapsible Bucket
Simple. Clever. Easy to store & long lasting.
Recycled Plastic Barrel Step Up
It’s not the prettiest thing, but it gets the job done, it’s easy to make and you probably have the materials lying around.
Horse Shoe Flooring
Know someone with heaps of old shoes? If you lay them into your flooring, you can add a nice little touch to a washbay.
Cleaning up is usually about the big stuff. But a lint roller can come in handy too – it’s so easy to pick up stuff that is otherwise unmovable.
Zippable Foot Covering
Hand Made Feeder
Another clever use for an old plastic barrel. Just cut some access gaps in the bottom and fill the top with hay.
Retractable Feeding Bowl
This perfect little contraption allows you to refill feed or water without entering the stall. So much easier.
Very clever. For twilight trail rides, this strip of LED lights makes your horse visible to other riders and traffic.
Arena Railing Storage
What better way to make use of the space taken up by your kickrail? Wonderful.
Great for people teaching, this stirrup can be set to accommodate more than one leg length.
Nail-Less Horse Shoes
Wouldn’t we love to avoid nails if we could? Apparently, it’s possible – with these horse shoes that clip on firmly to your horses feet.
WATCH MORE: Horse brings his girlfriend fresh hay.
READ MORE: How much it costs to build an indoor arena.
Our Covered-Over Learning Areas
Over our years of operations we’ve built a wide variety of different school buildings & covered over learning areas.
Take a look at some photos from our past projects below:
You can see more photos of our ColaBuild projects in our brochure.