Small Space Living Tipsby Martha Li
published August 13, 2009
If your current residence is a small-sized condo, apartment or house, you’re likely aware of the importance of making use of every nook and cranny in your place. But how does one do that? We’ve got five ideas to help you maximize your living space!
Lighten up. A well-lit room always give off the appearance of looking larger so be sure to let in as much natural light as possible. Also make good use of artificial lighting by adding table and floor lamps, or installing track lighting. Another trick is to position your lighting around the perimeter of the room as this will help to create the illusion of a bigger space.
Choose multifunctional pieces. When selecting furniture for your small space, look for items that can serve double-duty. For example, a sleek leather coffee table with built-in storage space is an excellent piece of furniture for laying out food when , while magazines and other small items can be neatly hidden inside of it, and out of the sight of your guests. If you have a small bathroom, purchase a corner shelf unit so you can organize make-up items on the top shelves and cleaning products on the bottom ones.
Make extra space. Take a good look around your home to see if there are any areas that can be turned into additional space. For example, perhaps there is a hollow area beneath the staircase where you can safely break a hole into the wall. This newfound space can now be a shoe closet or a storage place for miscellaneous items. In the kitchen, consider installing cabinets that reach up to the ceiling. Those few inches of extra shelf room will be space saviours where you can put away less-frequently used items such as serving ware you use for home entertaining or baking ware.
Think monochromatic. When it comes to colour schemes, avoid bold patterns and instead opt for soft or warm hues which will help to create a more airy and cozy look to the room. Try to also steer away from contrasting colours as this tends to make a room noticeably smaller. Rather, choose tone-on-tone items such as furniture that blends in nicely with the colour of the room’s walls.
Add mirrors. Hang a large-size framed mirror on a wall or stand one against the wall. This will add a stylish décor piece to the room as well as create a more open feeling due to the mirror’s reflective properties. You can also place a custom-cut mirror on top of a coffee table, or have mirrors professionally cut and installed to a bedroom dresser.
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