Not the size that mat­ters . . .

The Advertiser - Real Estate - - Mabel St, Stirling - JULIET LOVE

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.

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