How to maximise a small living space
Have you got a small living space but what seems like a large amount of stuff to fit in it? You may have just moved into your first home or you may be downsizing. Either way, it can be quite a challenge when working with a small space. But there are some clever ways to create the illusion of space, without actually have a lot of it. That's why we've put together some creative ways to maximise the space in a small living area.
1. Think neutrals
Vibrant colours and feature walls can look great but in a small space they can enclose it even more. So, stick with neutral colours like white, cream, beige, and pastels. These will help to brighten and lighten the room, creating the illusion of more space.
2. Be picky with your furniture
Big furniture in a small space is only going to make the room feel more cramped. When you're choosing your furniture, make sure it's an appropriate size. Simple things like choosing slim, leggy chairs and narrow tables so the eye is fooled into seeing more space. Or choosing items that serve multiple purposes like a sofa bed - sofa by day, guest bed by night - and of course, stick to light colours.
3. Draw the eye up
Don't just think horizontally, think vertically as well. By encouraging the eye to move up and down, you'll give the illusion of a taller ceiling. Think about:
-Floor to ceiling bookshelves
-Putting art on display above eye level
-Floor to ceiling drapes or curtains
4. Rethink the walls
Don't be afraid to open up the space by adjusting the walls and doors - providing it's structurally sound to do so. Open plan living is one way to really open up a small, closed in space. If you still want to divide the rooms, think about whether you can use something softer such as curtains? Or could you swap standard doors for sliding doors to free up some wall space when they're open?
Channel your inner Mary Kondo
It's time to binge-watch Mary Kondo and work out what of your things brings you joy. Anything that doesn't, can be given away. Simply decluttering can free up space and give the illusion of more room. Do you really need two coffee tables? Can you store away some dining room chairs unless absolutely necessary?
Then, once you've decluttered, have a think about how the space is used and how easily it is to get around. A well-designed space should be easy to move through. In fact, the easier it is to move through, the less cramped it will feel. So, if you can't get to the other side of the room without tripping over or bumping into something, it's probably time to rethink the layout.
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