Unfortunately, we don’t all have mansions with acres of space. Instead, it’s a case of work with what you’ve got!
Space isn’t the answer to everything. In fact, too much space can be difficult to fill, and you’ll be left with vast, empty rooms. So love your little space and learn how work with it! A little space is the best way to create a homely, cosy house. You can make it comfortable, quaint and pack in tons of character.
That’s all well and good, but what about accommodating a family? When you’ve got little ones running around your feet, small spaces aren’t ideal. And that’s all before you’ve figured out where to put their stuff! Today we’re looking at expert ideas to make your small space feel bigger. These will give the illusion of a larger room, and increase your storage. Ready to reveal the secrets? Let’s take a look.
Mirrors are an interior designer’s best friend. They instantly add the feeling of space to a small room. They work particularly well in long, narrow hallways. They carve out extra space where there is none. They’ll leave a claustrophobic room feeling open and airy. They also work wonders for increasing the light flow around your home. Place them opposite a window and you’ll reflect the natural light.
Go right up to the ceiling
When people look at their small space, they often forget to look upwards. Floor space is not the only factor here. You have four walls full of room! First of all, when you fit wallpaper, take it all the way up to the ceiling. Don’t stop two-thirds up as so many homes do. Secondly, take advantage of this space for storage. Use bookshelves that go all the way up to the ceiling. These look stunning too. You can do the same in the kitchen with cupboards and units.
Get clever and go compact
This might take some imagination, but think about how you can shrink some of the items in your house. Or at least take advantage of the space. For example, use pull out storage units in the kitchen or hide a lazy susan inside the cupboard. Install a short projection toilet as a compact alternative in the bathroom (such as one available on Bella Bathrooms). It’s all about unlocking those extra few centimeters of floor space around the home.
When you’ve got a small space, there is a tendency to over-decorate. Try to refrain from this and keep everything simple! When a room is cluttered or busy, the space seems to shrink. Keep it open, simple and with neutral colours. Simple, bright decoration will help clear the room and open up those vital spaces.
In a small place, it’s really important that every object or possession has a home. Nothing should be left lying on the floor or on the tables. Use clever storage tricks to find a home for everything. Purge the house of anything that doesn’t belong.
There you have it, folks! Five easy ways to turn a small space into something much bigger. Have you got any other tricks for small rooms? We’d love to hear them!