The most common complaint homeowners have about their home is the small house size. It is a fact that over time, average home sizes have become smaller mainly because of the rising real estate prices.
However, this does not mean that you resign yourself to feeling cramped up in a tiny space. Your house has to be comfortable and pleasant for all the people living in it. Here are some tricks you can implement in your small house to make it look more spacious and relaxing.
Make Small House Larger
Use light smartly: If there is one single factor that can make a space look larger, it is light. Knowing how to use light to your advantage can be the biggest help in making your house look more spacious. Here some tips you can follow to use light as a space creator:
Keep windows clean: This should go without saying but you won’t believe how often people neglect their windows, allowing dust and grime to collect on the panes. Cleaning your windows with a basic glass cleaner and newspaper should be part of your daily house cleaning routine. This will allow maximum light to enter your house and keep it well-lit.
Using levelled lighting: Having light sources at different levels creates depth and allows each part of the room to be well-lit. You can have a light source at the ceiling level, another mid-level and a third source, such as a desk lamp, at low level.
Install wide curtain rods: This is a very useful tip because it prevents the folds of the curtains from blocking sunlight when it passes through the glass. Wide curtain rods provide space for the curtain folds to collect beyond the window frame, allowing complete exposure to light.
Install dimmers: Installing dimmers enables you to modify light intensity according to need and mood. Low intensity lighting can make a room feel warm and cozy.
Closet lighting: This is a great tip to make cramped spaces look less stuffy. Install lighting in storage areas such as kitchen cabinets, closets, store rooms, etc. This will not only help to open up the space but also make it easier to work and find things in such areas. You can buy battery-operated lights from the home store and set them up wherever you need them, without having to call an electrician and play around with the circuitry in your house.
External lighting: This is another useful tip that helps you to visually connect the indoors to the outdoors. Adding lighting outside the house so that it is visible through the windows from within is a great way to extend the visual space of your room. It makes the outdoor area feel as part of the room itself. Chinese lanterns and fairy lights are economical options and they also look beautiful.
Designing walls and flooring
Small rooms give a cramped feeling and can make a person feel suffocated instead of relaxed. Here are some tips that can help you open up the room and make it look larger.
Install mirrors: Everybody knows that mirrors add depth to a room, but few people know how and where to install them for maximum effect. The best place to hang a mirror is right opposite a window or open door so that it can capture and reflect maximum light. Another thing to take care of is to avoid installing mirrors in a deep frame as this can block light from striking the mirror.
Light paint on walls: Avoid dark, bold colours when painting walls. Shades of white are perfect to open up a space and make the room relaxing. Also, avoid glossy, oil-based paints because the glare they produce can make the atmosphere appear tense instead of relaxing. When painting ceilings, always use a lighter shade than for the walls to create the illusion of space and depth.
Dark flooring: To make a room feel more open by contrast, opt for darker shades for the flooring than the walls. This will make the walls look brighter, taller and more open by contrast. In addition, dark floors tend to add a bit or warmth and coziness to the room.
Another interesting use of paint is to hide unwanted objects from view. Unattractive pipes, radiators and other fixtures can be painted in the same colors as the walls to prevent them from standing out and disrupting the uniformity.
Extending the interior space: With a small house, it makes little sense to create unnecessary divisions between the different spaces. One way to create a seamless open space is to get rid of doors that serve no useful purpose. Kitchen doors are an example. You can simply take them out and install a fabric or bead curtain to maintain continuity of space.
Focus on the necessities
Neat houses look larger. The way we design our living space has a strong impact on whether it stays organized or cluttered. Our living habits are determined by the layout of furniture and other functional areas of the house. Therefore, it is important to keep a layout that helps us to keep clutter out of the way and make the house look neater and larger.
Plan the entrance: This is the area of the house from where you enter the house. There are many ways you can design this place to prevent clutter from getting further into the living space. A shoe rack can help to deposit shoes at the entrance instead of dumping them in the bedroom. You can place a tray on a table near the entrance to place belongings such as car keys, wallets or mobile phones. Additional space on the table can be used to deposit grocery bags before you get down to placing the things in the kitchen. Adding a recycling bin under the table can help you get rid of unwanted business cards, flyers and mail instead of dumping them in your drawer.
Follow the 10% rule: Basically, the 10% rule says that you need to keep 10% of your storage space empty. This helps to prevent your storage area from looking too stuffed and cramped. Following this rule will also help you become less of a hoarder and give away things that you don’t really need.
Use shelves wisely: There are a whole lot of shelving options available that can help you maximize your living space. You can have a floor-to-ceiling shelving unit against a blank wall that serves no other purpose. Alternatively, you can set up a console along the length of a wall to keep things within arm’s reach.
Closet storage: Closet space is always limited and soon get filled to the limit. Thankfully, there are clever storage products on the market that can help you use the storage space more efficiently. Hanging shelves are a great option. You can hang them from existing shelves to add another storage space midway. Another interesting option is the mounted door shelf which you can simply mount on the closet door.
Certain pieces of furniture serve no functional purpose. They simply take up space because they were useful once or they have sentimental value. Give away such items immediately and save yourself a lot of trouble.
Big furniture works: Contrary to common logic, large furniture pieces can fit in within a small space. But choosing them wisely is the key. Multifunctional furniture such as a sofa-cum-bed can help to reduce the need for an extra bed. Similarly, a coffee table with storage space can also be used in a small living room.
Raised furniture: You can make your living space look larger by opting for raised furniture, or furniture with legs. The visible space beneath the furniture can add another layer of space to the room.