1. Lots of light.
Natural light makes a space feel airier and more spacious. Keep window dressings to a minimum and consider if you need any at all. Simple blinds are often the best often, because unlike curtains, they don’t take up extra room with the bulkiness of their fabric.
2. Rethink everything.
Do you really need couches? They take up lots of room and portion off space often making areas of a room obsolete. How about using floor cushions to maximise space?
3. Go BIG on storage.
In small areas, storage is everything. Cupboards help clear clutter away and, as a result, make rooms seem bigger. Top tip: place cupboards as high as possible while practical to reach, especially for non-everything items – you’ll avoid taking up valuable living space by positioning storage areas above head height.
4. Do your divisions.
Got a tiny place but a large room? Don’t be afraid to divide the room in two to maximise space and duplicate the room’s purpose. Think outside the box for what to divide the room with – the room divider can also add character and texture to the room whilst being functional.
5. Hide and seek.
Tucked away laundrys are a perfect way to hide the less eye-friendly machines of everyday living and section off a part of the room –
6. Breath of fresh air.
Lucky enough to have an outdoor area? Make it another room for lounging and relaxing in. Add extra pot plants or a herb garden to make the most of the green space and go big on comfortable seating to relax in.
7. By day or by night.
If you are planning on staying put in your place for a while, consider investing in a fold out bed. By building a bed that tucks into a cabinet or wall, you’ll get two uses for the one room. And who doesn’t love a good two-for-one value?
8. White is more than alright.
We all know that white walls make a room appear larger than dark coloured paints. It’s particularly tactful to use light coloured paints in rooms where space is in short supply. You can always add colour and contrast with furnishings such as throws and cushions along with art.
What about you – do you have any tips for maximising space in small living areas? Or are there things that must avoided at all costs? I would love to hear from you.