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Making The Most Of Small Living Spaces

We do a lot in our houses. We sleep, eat, relax and even work. Often times, the space we have seems just not enough. Read more...

We do a lot in our houses. We sleep, eat, relax and even work. Often times, the space we have seems just not enough. The challenge is even bigger when you live in a small house, but tough as it might seem, it is possible to prevent your small house from being cluttered and stuffy. With the right décor and a bit more home-keeping discipline, living in a small house can be comfortable and so much fun. In fact, these decorating tips and tricks help make the most of your limited space. can

·         Choose Light Paints

Use light colors on the walls and floor. Softer hues can make a cramped room feel bigger and brighter. Many people would rather not spend money in making a rented apartment over; but if they value their comfort, then it’s really a wise thing to do.

·         Leverage on the Trickery of Mirrors

Place a mirror opposite a window and it will bounce light around the room, making the space feel airier. The bigger the mirror, the better.

·         Use Hanging Shelves

They offer storage space without the bulkiness of cupboards, book shelves, and drawers; kind of like the same reason a Real Estate developer would go for a Block of Flats rather than a semi detached bungalow.

·         Make Use of Corners

This often overlooked area can be a great spot to squeeze in an extra accent chair or a corner bookshelf, making your room more livable or tuck a cozy chair in a corner to create an instant reading nook.

·         Fake Bigger Windows

Installing curtain rods a few inches below the ceiling instead of right above the window frame will draw the eye upward and make windows seem taller. The same trick works to visually expand a window’s width, if you hang the rods a few inches past the sides of the panes.

·         Match your Cotton Colour to your Walls

Curtains that blend with the walls create an unbroken line, making a room feel much larger.

·         Choose Scaled-Down Furniture

Opt for furniture that suits a smaller space, like this petite table. Even traditionally bulky pieces, such as upholstered club chairs, come in narrower widths these days, so you can get the same look without cramming in your furnishings.

·         Try Transparent Glass

Instead of a solid-wood center table, which can weigh down a space, choose a see-through glass one or a table with an open metal base.

·         Use Pieces that can Serve Dual Purposes

A garden stool can act as both an end table and a spot to perch, an upholstered stool with a tray can hold your TV remotes or transform into extra seating, a bench can display books when not in use otherwise.

 

·         Hide Away Many Small Keepsakes

An easy way to keep a small room from becoming cluttered is to choose furniture with space to store objects, like a center table with a shelf below, a bench with bins underneath, and a stool with a removable top and empty space inside. They will serve perfectly for putting papers and several details away.

·         Make your Furniture Mobile and Maneuverable

Buying furniture on casters—or outfitting it with casters yourself—allows you to easily rearrange pieces as needed, whether that means pushing a chair, table, or kitchen island out of the way or rolling a futon into position to comfortably set up overnight guests.

·         Use Walls as Displays

Beyond a flat screen TV hanging from the wall; also hang up your jewellery, or pretty cutting boards and trivets, to clear out valuable drawer space in the bedroom or kitchen.

 

·         Pull Furniture away from the Walls

A few inches between the wall and the back of your couch, for example, will make the living room look more open.

·         Add Vertical Stripes

On walls or drapes, they can make a low ceiling feel higher.