Great Things Come in Small Packages: How to Make Small Rooms Seem Larger
Whether you’re moving out for the first time, or are down-sizing to save costs – getting used to living in a small house or apartment can take some getting used to. These quick tips will really help you to get the most out of your living space.
When you’ve got a small space you need to think about storage that’s both compact and clever and works for your lifestyle. Rather than cluttering up your floor space, think about the storage opportunities that your walls can offer.
A slim-line DVD case mounted on the wall sideways offers the dual purpose of storing your favourite DVDs, CDs, and even the odd book or two as well as acting as a shelf for you to keep some of your favourite knickknacks and photos on.
When it comes to kitchen storage, hooks mounted above the hob will keep pots and pans out of the way, and leave your cupboards free for other items.
When you’re tight on space it’s vital that your furniture works just as hard as you do. A storage trunk would double-up nicely as storage, a coffee table, and even a seat if you choose one sturdy enough!
A chaise lounge is very similar to a sofa, but is generally much smaller and therefore more versatile than a traditional loveseat. Choose one with under-seat storage and keep any spare pillows, blankets or throws in one place. If you have enough room for two, then you can also push them together to form a makeshift bed for any overnight guests.
Choose Your Furniture Wisely
A small living space doesn’t mean that all of your furniture needs to be in miniature too. We’d recommend allowing yourself a single large piece of furniture per room – whether it’s your beloved king size bed, that unbelievably comfy sofa or the book case of your dreams.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
The use of mirrors to create the illusion of more space has been utilised by interior designers for as long as we can remember. A well-placed mirror will pick up every ounce of available light and reflect it back in to the room and we all know that a lighter, brighter, room always feels bigger than a dark one.
Keep Your Clutter under Control
When you’re trying to make your place feel bigger, the last thing you need is clutter everywhere. Before you buy anything new, ask yourself if you really need it, if you will use it, and where will you put it. If you’re making the purchase based on the fact that it’s “cute” rather than practical, then you probably don’t need it.
For those sentimental items that you really do want on display, why not DIY yourself a set of these gorgeous (not to mention totally customisable) hanging rope shelves which are perfect for photographs and prints.
Small but Mighty
When kitting out your kitchen, think about the appliances that you’re purchasing. If there’s just the two of you do you really need a six-slice toaster? Choosing smaller appliances might not sound like the ultimate space-saving advice, but smart choices will make a big difference when you’re preparing dinner.
Choosing a French press over a big, fancy, bells and whistles coffee machine will save you tonnes of counter space, whilst a hand-held immersion blender is just as effective as a full-size blender.
Posted on: 20 April 2015