Open floor plans are vital when it comes to managing a busy home. Having fewer dividing walls creates a spacious feeling in small homes. Combining multiple living areas into one multi-purpose space allows homeowners to entertain guests and keep an eye on what’s going on throughout the house. The challenge with open concept living is that your busy lifestyle is on display for every visitor.
The key to organizing for a small space is to use contemporary design by minimizing visual clutter and maximizing available living space. That doesn’t mean you need to do away with all of your keepsakes. Instead, make smart design decisions with color, scale, and style to keep your small space looking neat and uncluttered.
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Add storage space in unexpected places
Smaller homes need impeccable organization. Work with your designer to find creative ways to add shelving, cabinets, and drawers in any unused space, including toe kicks, under stairs, recessed shelves, and overhead. Add some free-standing cabinets to a finished space to divide rooms and organize contents behind doors. Implement flexible closet systems that allow you to adjust placement to increase capacity so you can make the most of every inch of free space.
Let in light
Removing interior walls allows natural light to fill the living space. Consider adding transoms or tall windows to allow light to enter adjacent rooms strategically. Frosted glass doors allow light passage without loss of privacy in pantries and laundry rooms. Use open shelves to provide storage for functional art pieces like serving bowls and china.
Create zones to define a function
In small spaces, one room serves many purposes. Create zones within the room to define separate functions and keep them organized. Designate a corner of your living area for crafting, or create a reading nook. Paint the ceiling a lighter color than the walls to draw the eye upward and make the space feel larger.
Make impactful color choices
Bigger and bolder textile patterns maximize the impression of space. Use color in place of patterns on textiles, or stick to bold, geometric patterns. With fewer accessories, each one packs a punch instead of getting lost in a collection.
Streamline things with technology
Small homes shouldn’t sacrifice space for a single-purpose product. Connect electronics to the internet so they can multitask. Display a curated collection of photos on your TV when it’s not in use, or use a ceiling-mounted projector in place of a traditional TV. Use floating shelves and wireless connections to minimize visible cords for accessories. Incorporate voice control technology like Amazon’s Alexa to turn on and off entertainment systems without remote control devices.
Use multi-functional furniture
Flexible seating that converts to a sleep-friendly guest room makes the most of a small space. Murphy beds save valuable floor space for daytime activities. Ottomans provide valuable storage space, and coffee tables can be outfitted to rise to table height for projects. Convertible furniture makes it easy to switch a room from the primary purpose with just a few simple moves.
Organize your home
Organizing the contents of your home lowers housekeeping maintenance and presents a cohesive, pleasant appearance. Every design decision you make in a small house makes an impact on usefulness. Adding smart storage, minimizing visual clutter, and intelligent use of materials makes spaces more efficient. A well-organized small space allows you to enjoy more social time with the people most important to you.