Not the size that matters . . .
WITH urban living becoming increasingly dense, we often find ourselves living in smaller spaces than we would like.
But there are some tricks and tools you can use to open your space up to make it feel, and look, like a much larger home.
Open plan spaces are the most popular at the moment, especially in living areas, and this works really well in a small space. Consider removing a wall or two if that will create an open plan kitchen and living area in your home.
By doing this you will add instant appeal and value to a small space. Use every nook available too - space under stairs can be great for a small desk or storage for example.
Often homeowners think they need to use small furniture in small spaces, but this is a misconception - a room full of tiny furniture will just make the space seem smaller. I’m not suggesting huge furniture either, but some substantial sized furniture can often make a small room appear much more grand.
A large armchair beside an interesting table and large lamp can make a small room appear dramatically different. By playing with scale and proportion you add interest and character to the room, which distracts from it being so small.
From a decorative point of view, don’t use too many patterns and colours, but some luxurious textures can look great. Textured fabrics such as velvet, knits and suede will enhance a small space.
Create a sense of connection through shared colour pallets throughout the home, including using the same bright, neutral paint on ceilings and walls.
Similarly, stick to one style of flooring throughout. You want to avoid breaking the space up with multiple flooring options that jar the eye. To add depth to certain areas you can add area rugs in the lounge space for example. It’s also important to reflect light as much as possible in a small space. Bright, fresh neutrals and multiple large mirrors work wonders to bounce light around a room and make it seem bigger.
Have as much natural light as possible in the home so remove any heavy, cumbersome window treatments that are blocking light, and replace them with more modern ones that will allow light in, such a shutters or curtains that can be drawn back.
Clutter devalues your home and makes it aesthetically appear smaller. Scour your home and remove all unnecessary items from each and every room.