With housing prices becoming increasingly unaffordable, particularly in capital cities, more families are living in smaller homes. Making the most of a small home is essential if you don’t want to live in a cluttered chaotic mess.
Here are some tips for making the most of your small home. From furnishings, colour, design, layout and decoration; through to storage, organisation and function.
Keep less stuff
It is so obvious, but over time it is easy to accumulate mountains of everyday stuff that you really don’t need or use. Make it a habit to regularly go through your home and declutter and simplify.
Be smart with storage
Storage for small homes can make or break its livability. A small home with lots of smart storage can feel much more manageable to live in day-to-day than even a large home with little storage space.
Fit in extra storage where ever you can. Behind doors, in corners, under beds or around door frames. Choose furniture that doubles as a storage option. Don’t waste small spaces!
Choose multipurpose furniture
There are some truly amazing pieces of multipurpose furniture out there if you’ve got the budget for it, but even on a more modest budget you can make the most of your small space by choosing furniture with multiple uses. Choose side tables with storage, make the most of the space around the TV for shelving or built-in storage, consider beds with drawers or lift up storage areas.
Check out some of the other great multipurpose furniture I’ve found on my Pinterest below.
Make use of mirrors and glass
Mirrors are a great way to give the illusion of more space. Use them in strategic positions around your home to reflect window outlooks, open spaces and hallways. Glass is also fantastic for keeping light bouncing around the room and giving the impression of more space.
Don’t fill your space with small furniture
A small space doesn’t need to equal small furniture. Multiple small pieces of furniture can actually make a space look smaller than a single streamlined piece.
Choose large room rugs and position them so they overlap with furniture. Lower furniture can also give the impression of more space.
Don’t forget to make the most of vertical wall space. You can add storage with shelving and character with artworks or photos.
Images from decorpad.com
Don’t forget the corners
Every room has four corners… make sure you use them! Little indents in hallways and odd shaped rooms can also make the perfect space for added storage.
Don’t try to give yourself more floor space by pushing all your furniture to the edges of the room. People think this makes the room feel bigger but often it makes it feel less homely and welcoming. .
Streamline & minimise
Streamlined furniture and window dressings can give the impression of space and reduce the feeling of clutter. Blinds are usually better than curtains in small living areas. Simple streamlined bedroom furniture can give you much more floor space to work with.
Think outside the box
Rooms don’t always have to be used for what they were originally intended. Consider combining children in a single room and using the other room as a play area. If you have a laundry room but really need a study space, you could convert it and add your laundry into the kitchen or a linen cupboard. Think outside the square when looking at room purposes.
Keep it light and bright
Use a consistent colour scheme throughout your home, particularly for walls and floors. If rooms flow into each other colour wise, they will feel bigger. Choose light colours for walls and avoid heavy, dark carpeting or window furnishings.