Tips to Maximize a Small Living Space
Who says a small house can’t be big on style? With the right furniture and a few decorating tricks, you can make your home feel spacious, even if square footage is limited. Here’s how to maximize your space while staying true to your style.
Remember, Less is More
A minimalist mindset comes in handy if you have a small living space. Avoid fussy furniture, and clear out the clutter. Nothing makes a room look more chaotic than having too many knickknacks. This doesn’t mean you need to get rid of your decorations. Instead, simply swap out several small items with one large decorative piece to create the feeling of having extra space.
Use Multi-Functional Furniture
Clever furniture designs maximize space and functionality. For instance, a daybed can double as a sofa during the day and a guest bed at night. A flip-top ottoman can be a footrest one moment and a side table the next. Nesting tables tuck away when you don’t need them while staying handy for when guests arrive.
Decorate with Storage Items
Ample storage is a must in any home. Help clear some room in your closet by strategically choosing furniture with hidden storage. An accent chest to store shoes, a coffee table with built-in drawers, a storage ottoman to hide pillows and blankets—the possibilities are endless.
Keep Scale in Mind
Oversized furniture looks strange in a small room. It may be time to trade out your plush sectional for a low-profile, mid-century modern sofa. Light-colored furniture with thin legs to elevate it off the floor also carries less “visual weight” to make the room feel less crowded.
Opt for Contemporary Design
Straight lines and a neutral color palette make contemporary styling ideal for small homes. These characteristics prevent the room from feeling too busy, which creates the illusion of a larger space.
It’s the oldest design trick in the book—hang a large mirror in a small room, and you’ll double the visual size of the space. You can incorporate reflective surfaces in other creative ways as well, including glossy tile backsplashes, shiny metal countertops, and mirrored end tables. High-shine materials bounce light around the room, making it feel light and airy.
Take Advantage of Vertical Space
Need a place to put more storage? Look up. Floating shelves and ceiling-mounted racks let you put every sliver of space to good use without losing any more valuable square footage. Decorative totes and bins help prevent these storage spaces from looking cluttered.
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