Big isn’t necessarily beautiful, especially when it comes to home decor. As the cost of housing continues to skyrocket, many younger people are finding that not only are their chances of owning their own home infinitesimally small, their rental options are somewhat limited. As property increases in value and private landlords increase their rental rates accordingly it can be virtually impossible for those at the start of their career to afford all but the most modestly sized of properties if they wish to remain in a reasonable location. But that’s okay. Even a small studio apartment can provide ample space for their inhabitants to lead happy and fulfilling lives. Indeed, in many way a smaller living space is actually beneficial. Sure, a huge open plan loft may look cool but not only do they command exorbitant rents, the cost of heating those things can be extremely prohibitive leading their occupants either broke or shivering.
When you have the right space saving solutions in place, even the most diminutive of living spaces can seem like a palace.
Let there be light
Natural light is your greatest ally… And it’s completely free. Dark and drab rooms can quickly become filled with shadows, making them seem small and poky, but a steady stream of natural light can make even tiny homes seem airy and spacious. Eschew heavy drapes and curtains for horizontal blinds so that you can still enjoy complete privacy while making the most of your the light coming in from outside. Be aware that natural light will also show up dust, pet hair and food crumbs meaning that smaller homes do need to be cleaned more often.
All done with mirrors
It’s an age old cliche, but mirrors genuinely do make a room look larger. Not only do they help to create the illusion of more space, they also reflect natural light, adding to the airy feel of the space.
Sofa, so unnecessary
Most of us enjoy cuddling up with our SO to watch a movie, unwinding by playing video games or engrossing ourselves in a good book. But who says you need a sofa to do all that? Check out FomBag’s website and you’ll see a huge range of space saving bean bags which seat several people but are way more compact and portable than any sofa. You can even cover your beanbag with a wide variety of covers. Variety is the spice of life, after all.
Needless to say, smaller apartments and houses face a constant battle against clutter. In order to get the most out of your space, effective storage solutions are your greatest ally. But don’t be afraid to double up. The ottoman where you store your spare bedding can be transformed into guest seating with a throw and some cushions.
Remember that your usable space isn’t just horizontal
For those with high ceilings, the vertical space you’re paying for is wasted if not used effectively. Vertical space can be used for shelving or storage. But who said that bunk beds were just for kids. There’s a huge market of high end adult bunk beds with space for a desk, sofa or entertainment unit underneath.
Just because you live with minimum space doesn’t mean you should tolerate less than maximum beauty.