As the world’s population dramatically increases, more and more people are living in smaller spaces. However, don’t think that living in a small space means you have to sacrifice on design. Here are five design tips for small spaces.
One of the best ways to make a small space feel roomier and larger than it really is learning how to live with less stuff. Clutter is the #1 enemy of small spaces, as it makes rooms feel small, cramped, and suffocating.
If you’re someone who tends to collect “stuff,” make a habit of going through your clothes and houseware on a regular basis. While many stores promote discreet and compatible storage, keeping your small space looking fresh and roomy actually depends on keeping your stuff to a minimum. If you have to go out and buy a bunch of extra storage containers, it’s probably quite simple: you have too much stuff!
- Space-Saving Storage
That said, we all have things we need to store, from winter gear to extra linen to toiletries. For these items, it’s best to come up with unique, space-saving storage units to keep your clutter down to a minimum. The open cupboard has quickly become a popular and unique way to store kitchenware by integrating the “stuff” into the design of the small space. Floor-to-ceiling shelves are a great way to store and display items that might otherwise just take up space. Display your storable stuff in unique and aesthetically-pleasing ways and you’ll be able to save on space and give your place a funky yet personalized look.
- Keep It Clean and Organized
While this tip is not a design tip per se, it’s important for people who live in small spaces to be extra diligent about keeping their home tidy and organized. If you’re going to display your kitchenware in an open cupboard, make sure that cupboard doesn’t resemble a nuclear bomb testing site. Take some time to organize your stuff in an efficient, convenient and eye-catching manner.
- Light, White, and Bright
When it comes to decorating a small space, it’s all about creating the illusion of space. To do so, choose light colors (including white) for your walls, furniture, or bedding, as darker colors tend to make a room feel smaller. You don’t have to model your place after the Arctic tundra, or anything, but just make sure that the majority of colors you choose are light. Then, throw in some bold splashes of color and pattern: a Mexican floor rug or a funky shag pillow. This will help to give your space some pizazz without sacrificing any of its roominess.
- Be Smart About the Space You Use
If you have minimal space to work with, make sure that you aren’t letting any space go unused. If you have an awkwardly-sized corner space, why not turn it into a cute office nook or a vanity? You can build a desk or flat surface right into the wall, which takes up less space, and you can add shelves above it to store books or other items.
Don’t let a small space discourage your inner interior decorator. When you’re thinking about designing small spaces, the main thing is to get creative! Use your imagination and try out different colours, patterns and even spatial arrangements to find out the best ways you can approach designing that small – but mighty – space you call home.