Smaller homes definitely have their upsides - lower rent, locations typically closer to urban areas and a certain quaint and cozy feel. Some people might find a smaller space to be cramped or overwhelming but if you know how to decorate/organize it, you can make the most of your space and it can appear larger than what it actually is. Try these tips out to make your small space seem larger!
Tiny And Large:
A common mistake seen in smaller homes is utilizing only small-scale furniture to save space. There is no need for tiny furniture all around just because you have a smaller space. Mix up the scale of your furnishings with a few larger statement pieces, or add some large-scale art to the walls to add some variation.
Whether you buy clear containers to store your office items in, tray containers to organize your bathroom closet or a cute, tall basket to toss extra throw blankets and pillows in, just make sure everything has a place. A coffee table that has storage inside of it is a great use of space, as are leather cubes that open up so you can store books, etc. inside.
Mix It Up:
Adding a light colored rug to any area is a great way to open up the room and make it feel larger, especially if your home is covered in dark wall-to-wall flooring. However, a dark statement wall adds visual interest – especially if you have lighter floors and/or furniture.
Consider mounting floating shelves instead of traditional ones. Because they appear to float on the wall, this kind of shelving can add a lot of storage but without looking cluttered. Plus, they look really cool.
Clever Kitchen Storage:
While regular kitchen cabinets are useful, there's something very modern and appealing about open storage (as long as it’s organized – think woven baskets, clear bins and pretty plates and cups). Open storage in your kitchen can make the entire space look open and airy.
Create a dedicated broom closet or cabinet. Smart rollout cabinets that make use of slim spaces, such as the inches between the side of a fridge and a wall or the end of a row of cabinets, can become highly functional storage units for cleaning tools.
Smart Bathroom Storage:
Narrow wall shelves or hanging baskets are a great way to store everyday essentials in a stylish yet practical way. Store items such as cotton balls and cotton swabs in attractive canisters and add a wicker basket to hold additional, hidden items. Put anything else you don’t want others to see (or if it’s just plain, old unattractive) under the sink or in a bathroom closet.
Many smaller homes have at least one room that serves as a dual-purpose space. For me, that’s our guest bedroom. It functions as our guest room and my “getting ready” room. We have a full-sized bed in there and lots of storage – a nightstand (which houses our winter accessories), a cube unit (which houses my purses), a tall shelving unit (which houses my jewelry) and a simple table (which houses my makeup). But you can take this one step further and get a sofa sleeper, a futon or even a Murphy bed and utilize that for even more space. Heck, why not add shelves under the bed itself?
Keep It Light (Or Dark!):
To make your space appear larger, avoid using dark hues on the walls. If you have a teeny, tiny bathroom and you wish it was larger, don’t paint it dark gray - opt for a much lighter hue instead. However, if you want to build drama, paint it that dark gray! Just know that this will close the room in and make it appear smaller. If you go this route, be sure to choose white fixtures to help brighten up the space.
Make It Bright:
Good lighting can make or break a space. Even if you do have overhead lighting, you might want to add a few lamps in the space as well. Table lamps add visual interest to end tables and a cool floor lamp can fill in an empty corner of a room. Plus, all of that added light will brighten up any dark space.
Beneath the Stairs:
This is one of my favorite tricks to add space where most would never think to add it. You can add a shelving unit directly below the stairs and take advantage of that unused area. If it’s in the front of your home near the front door, turn it into a recessed book shelf. Is it near the kitchen or dining room? Turn it into a mini bar area and store your barware there. You could also turn the nook into a small desk area and slide a stool underneath the desk.
This is a fantastic trick of the trade that most people think is purely crazy: regardless of what size your windows actually are or where they sit on your wall, use to floor to ceiling window treatments. As in, hang your window treatments all the way up to the ceiling and let them flow down to the floor. It gives the appearance of having a higher ceiling, therefore making your space look larger than it is. This trick works anywhere to make a space appear larger – shower curtain in your bathroom or a divider curtain in a loft.
Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall:
One of the best tricks in the design world is adding a mirror to a space – this will instantly visually expand a space. The bigger the mirror, the better. Mirrors also reflect light so put a floor lamp near it or place one by a large window.
Just Add Wheels:
If you have a smaller kitchen and not a lot of counter/prep space, invest in a kitchen island (sized to fit your space comfortably) and have casters put on it. You can lock them in place when you’re using it for prep and unlock them and roll it away when you need more space (such as for that big birthday party you’re hosting – you know everyone congregates in the kitchen).
Whatever your small space solutions might be, just remember to maximize every square foot and don’t let any extra space go unused. You might be surprised with how large your space might seem!
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