A small home is a mixed blessing. In one respect, it’s easier to decorate, making buying furniture a very easy process indeed! On the other hand, a small space can really cramp your style, literally! When you’ve got a small space and you have an abundance of ideas, you can definitely feel like the living space stops you expanding your style. Are there any ways we can really take advantage of a small space?
Create The Illusion Of Space
One of the most important things you can do to make a small, pokey living space look bigger is to add that sense of illusion. There are so many different approaches that you can undertake. You can add mirrors and shiny surfaces that can reflect the light back into the space, which makes a dark and dreary room appear lighter and airy. One of the mirror tricks people use to create space in a hallway is by putting one mirror at each end, this works to elongate the space. And when it comes to adding that feeling of space, think about the decorations. You could use 3D wall panels; they don’t just look good, but the clue is in the name: 3D! Making it a more 3D space will add that illusion that can make any small home look bigger.
Work With The Angle Of The Place
If you’ve got a living room that’s an awkward shape, which is a very common thing in apartments, you can work with it, rather than against it. Angles become a great way to create focal points. If you’ve got a weird wall that pokes out, you can either work to blend this in with the rest of the space by blending colors, or you make it stand out in the right ways. In fact, a wall that pokes out can serve a completely different purpose. You can hang art from this wall, so if you’ve got talking pieces that aren’t usually discussed by guests, you are giving the wall, and the decoration, a purpose!
Textiles Create Layers
And when money is an issue, and we are looking for ways to completely transform a living space, textiles are the way to do it. If you have a boring sofa, you can add chunky, knitted fabrics, or a cotton tapestry and a few cushions, and the sofa will transform into something else. Never underestimate the power of a floor rug! Floor rugs are a great focal point for any living space, but in a small home, the word “cozy” invariably crops up. Rugs and chunky knitted patterns, which you can easily convey with textiles, makes the space feel cozy, but also adds those veritable layers that won’t make it feel cramped!
Color will create all those different layers. When there’s too much going on, it can make the whole space appear confused. Go for a handful of colors that really suit the space, and create an airy feel. You don’t have to just do this with paints and wallpaper, if you want to communicate a partial bohemian haven, getting a few low maintenance houseplants, like a Japanese Peace Lily, will create interesting textures, but that lush green aesthetic. Colors have the power to stimulate in certain ways, and if we feel stressed out that way are in a very cramped space, finding the right colors to calm down our senses will work wonders.
Perhaps it’s the most obvious idea, but if you’ve got a cramped space, yet so many different ideas, then you’ve got to be ruthless. Creating a unique style is all about ensuring the character stays. Decluttering means that you’ll be able to get to the bare bones of what space can do, while at the same time relieving your cramped living space of pointless items. When you want to create the idea of space, it’s far better for you to make it! Making sure that you have enough room to maneuver is one thing, but when you are embodying the characteristics of a hoarder, this is something else completely! Decluttering is one of the fundamentals of getting a living space up to code. You want it to communicate as a certain style, but if you have so many different items of furniture or antiques, not only does it make for a very cramped space, but it confuses the aesthetic.
Most of us have to live in a small living space, and this means we’ve got to be careful in the ways we can decorate it. You can go for cozy, or minimal, but if you go for a very over the top aesthetic, you’ve got to make sure you have the space to carry this off. Having a small space doesn’t mean having a bad home; it just means you got to be a little bit more creative in how you style it!