Whether you live in a tiny apartment or a mansion, making the most of your small spaces is a great way to make your home feel even bigger. However, utilising small spaces effectively isn’t quite as easy as it sounds. You need to think creatively about making the most of limited space whilst keeping it stylish and feeling homely.
If you’ve just moved in or have been in your current place for a while there is bound to be that one small spot that you haven’t quite known what to do with. Many hours have been spent standing with hands on hips, staring into the room wondering how to organize your books, plants, knick knacks and furniture to fill the space effectively and with style. So we’ve tried to provide some insight on how to make the most of those tricky tight spots.
Tiny spaces can hold the secret to clever storage by getting creative and utilising well-placed shelves and multi-functional furniture to maximise even the smallest of spaces. Utilising furniture that also doubles as a storage solution is another great way to take advantage of space and furniture. For example an ottoman can be used as both a bench and storage (or hide a seek spot).
Alternatively for much smaller areas, bespoke built in units, storage nooks and tailored furniture can allow you to take advantage of every available bit of space you have to work with, alongside providing you with a great storage solution. When it comes to storage you shouldn’t purchase any organising supplies or storage kits until you know precisely what needs to be packed away.
Trick your eye
It’s easy to create an impression of expansiveness through decorative sleight of hand using floor to ceiling curtains, see through furnishings and well placed pictures and mirrors. Another great trick is maximising light. You can bring natural light into a room by replacing furniture with reflective surfaces such as glass and strategically placed mirrors along with hanging art/photos in glass frames to reflect maximum light.
Whether you use curtains or blinds ensure that once opened they don’t cover the window and that the entire pane of glass is clear. Open curtains should fall beside the window and not obscure any of it. To maximise light and space don’t hang curtains inside the window frame, always on the outside. You could also consider hanging curtains from the ceiling, rather than from the top of the window, which will help to add height to the space.
Exploit the often underutilised space between the tops of your furniture and the ceiling by hanging mounted storage, decorations, photos or art. This will help to draw your eyes upwards, making the space feel larger.
Use bigger, but fewer furnishings
It may seem counterintuitive but kitting out a small space with a few larger pieces as opposed to a million smaller ones can actually make it feel larger. That said, don’t be afraid of filling up the space, well-populated areas can often feel larger as long as they aren’t cluttered.
You don’t have to display everything and it’s a good idea to keep things uncluttered. You shouldn’t fill every available inch with design and accessories. With your displays you should group items into collections, giving them room to breathe.
Make everything count
Choose furnishings and decoration that offer maximum functionality and serve multiple functions. Find a table that can operate as both a desk and dining table. Get a daybed or a deep sofa that can be used as a guest bed. It is also wise to invest in pieces that can be rearranged and transform a room such as folding chairs, collapsible tables and wall beds.
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