How to Make the Most Out of a Small Living Space

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If you’ve not got the biggest space to enjoy in your home, you needn’t worry – small spaces don’t have to make you feel anxious! You don’t have to get rid of all your belongings just to fit everything into a small space. Smaller living spaces have a number of perks, like better use of electricity, smaller bills, and a cosy and homely environment. There are a few ways you can make the most out of a small space while still enjoying all of your belongings. You can even make your small space look even larger than it actually is! It all comes down to being smart about the way you use this newfound small space. And we’ll show you how.

Choosing the right colour paint

Sometimes dark and bold colours are the trendy way to paint your space. Over the last few years there have been trends in painting dark chocolate areas in living areas, especially when teamed up with industrial colours and accents. However this isn’t going to look good in a small space! Light and bright colours on your walls are what will make your room feel lighter and roomier. The brighter space will make the area seem larger, so be sure to stick with light neutral tones or pale colours when choosing paint for your home.

Make use of your window furnishings

If you use curtains, be sure to choose rods that exceed the width of your window frame. Not only will you have a good fitting curtain, you’ll also be extending the width of the window to the eye and making the eye look outward from the actual window frame. This will make your windows appear larger and therefore let in more light and make the room feel larger.

Make use of mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to make any small area seem larger than it really is. If you have a large window in one room, consider hanging a large mirror either opposite or adjacent to it. You’ll not only be able to brighten the room by reflecting light into the room from the window, but you’ll also be able to make it seem larger thanks to the reflection of the outdoors in your mirror. If you’re not really sure what art pieces to hang, perhaps instead consider hanging some mirrors.

Put your functions first

If you’re building a home, you should definitely consider what you’ll be using each space for, and focus on these areas first. If you like to have guests over and enjoy cooking, you may want to consider allowing extra floor space for the kitchen and dining areas. You may then be happy to reduce the bedroom space a little so as to make that extra room in the kitchen. Consider what you really need in your home and focus on these areas first. The last thing you want to do is build a home with a massive kitchen, when you don’t really cook often, and end up with not enough space for your computers in the office. Building and designing is all about working out your needs and allocating the space accordingly.

Find items that have twice the function

One way to really make use of your available space is having furniture items that can be used in more way than one. For example, you may have a sofa in your living room that actually has a fold-out lounge installed. This means you’ll not only have a sofa for everyday use but a spare bed for guests who decide to spend the night! This can save you on having an extra guest bedroom or spare bed. It may seem pricier at first to purchase items with two or more functions, however you do end up saving a great amount of space in doing this. Be creative and think of other items that can have double usage, such as a dining table desk (or an extendable dining table), or a window sill as a reading nook.

Think vertically

If you have a small room, then there’s no reason why you can’t consider using wall space and vertical areas. Think about installing bookshelves on the walls instead of having a bookcase in the room. You can even hang items on the walls, such as bikes and guitars. Racks can easily be installed for long items such as these, and not only do they look good hanging on the wall but you’ll also be making room for other things! You’ll also be drawing the eye upwards to make the room appear larger than it truly is.

Buy furniture with storage space

If possible, each and every piece of furniture you choose to fill your space should have storage compartments. If you have items, you definitely need places for them to go. The easiest way to keep all of your things is to store them, and what better way to do so than to store them in plain sight? If you have a coffee table, make sure it has storage space in it, such as drawers or a hidden compartment. This way, you can easily declutter the living space and place everything inside your coffee table. Lounges, ottomans, television units, beds, desks, and anything else should have additional storage space. This will make things a lot easier for you when trying to fit all your belongings into your home.

When you’re not using it, hide it

If it’s not being used, or if it can be hidden or stored away, then that’s what should be done! If you have a bedroom that also doubles as a study, you can have a bed that folds up into an unassuming wall unit. When you’re busy working or studying, the bed will be folded away and not to be seen. When it comes time to relax and go to sleep, you just need to fold your bed out and hop in. Having furniture pieces that can be folded away and out of sight make great use of your available space and can help you get through each and every day a lot easier.