Small space living is becoming more popular these days and not just as a necessity in high-density areas. People are making more sustainable choices and want to minimise their environmental footprint. Compact living is a great way to do this and is also pretty good for the hip pocket.
Fitting everything you need into your small space can be tricky but it can also be a lot of fun. Here we give you a few ideas on how to get the most out of your space without compromising on aesthetics.
The lighter the better
It’s always a safe choice to choose a light palette in a small space. Not only does it make a space appear larger but allowing for soft, light colour throughout lets the focus remain on the living room windows and the views outside.
To add a punch of colour try a deeper neutral focal wall but keep the rest of the space light and open with crisp, white furniture and white built-in units. Try not to clutter your walls with too much artwork or photos to keep the space from feeling stuffy.
No need for a coffee table
Use small side tables instead of big coffee tables, which eat up a room. Being able to move things around makes you feel less beholden and cramped. Stools and Ottomans are a great multi-purpose item then can stand as a table or a seat. Keep an eye on ottomans that come with a handy removable timber tray top and with hidden storage is even better.
Storage is key for small spaces
Be innovative with storage solutions. Any large bit of furniture like a lounge or a bed should allow for extra storage underneath. Pull out baskets are a handy way to store loose items that you don’t want cluttering your shelves. If you want to display a few possessions try to confine to a few concentrated zones instead of thinly spread out all over the place.
Under the stairs
Take advantage of the awkward, extra space by enhancing it with an additional stylish storage solution. Shelves under the stairs are an ideal place to display an abundant book collection or some of your most prized collections. If room there’s it could also lend itself to a build in a desk to create a handy home office space.
In small spaces, it’s important to keep things as simple as possible. Don’t over-stuff with lots of accessories like rugs, blanket and pillows. Keep small trinkets to a minimum. Look at everything with a critical eye and edit, edit, edit. If you have a chair that you just don’t love, get rid of it. Don’t store anything that you don’t need.
In a small master bedroom, make a big statement with one large piece of furniture, like a dramatic four-poster bed. By playing with scale in this way, the eye will think the room is bigger than it actually is.
One statement piece of anything always makes a better impact than many busy small items which just create visual clutter.
It may seem counterintuitive, but furnishing a small space with only a few large-scale items can actually make your space feel grander.
Invest in a Large Mirror
Large mirror is one of the best tricks in the design world to give the illusion of space. Especially for the bedroom full-body mirror adds dimension to the space and will make any small bedroom appear much larger.
Investing in furniture pieces that can be used for more than one thing is a great way to make the most of your small space. For example, a bench which can be used as a coffee table or extra seating for guests.
Lastly and most importantly to really get the most out of your space remember to always try keep it clean! And always arrange it carefully so it meets your needs for the way you truly use it. Invest money into the areas where you spend the most time.
Designing and decorating your small space can require a certain amount of flexibility and creativity. However, when done correctly, the tightest of spaces can feel light, airy and spacious as well as be functional and look beautiful.