Housing prices are on the rise and they don’t show any signs of slowing. The amount of space that you get for your money is getting smaller every year. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a lovely home. There are plenty of things you can do to utilise smaller spaces and, if you’re creative enough, you can still have an elegant, luxurious home.
Living RoomMost of your entertaining and relaxing will be done in the living room so you don’t want it to feel cramped or stuffy. There are plenty of quick fixes that you can use to make the space feel much larger. Rethinking your furniture is a good starting point. For example, replacing a large coffee table with a few smaller, rounded ones, can make it easier to maneuver in the room. They can also be moved very quickly to create extra space if you need it.
Furniture with built in storage is another simple way of maximising space. Replacing large book shelves or drawers with under-seat storage lets you keep all of your stuff handy, without taking up large amounts of floor space.
When deciding on how to decorate your new room, a few simple choices can make the space appear much nicer. Hanging your curtains a little bit higher brings a good amount of light into the room and really opens it up. Using bold colors can also bring out the best features in a limited space and really set it off.
BathroomMaking the most of space in a bathroom is a bit more difficult as most of the fixtures are permanent. However, there are still some things that you can do. Installing a corner sink gives you all the functionality you need while only taking up a small amount of space. The same can be said for choosing a shower enclosure over a bath/shower combination.
Rounding the corners of furniture is another clever trick. In a small space, large, square cupboards will extend further into the room and the sharp corners can give you a nasty shock if you bump into them in the dark.
BedroomNo home would be complete without an elegant bedroom, but this can be a bit harder to achieve in a smaller space. Using bright colors can really open up a room and, when combined with good light, will make the room look much larger. If the room does not get very much light, use mounted lamps to brighten up every corner. Mirrors are another good way of taking advantage of light. A large mirror on one wall will create the illusion of space and can make a room look almost twice the size that it is.
Furniture arrangements are also important. You could consider a bed that has built in storage for your clothes, this will remove the need for big chests of drawers that take up a lot of room. If you have a desk in your room, you could place this in such a way that it doubles as a nightstand.
These simple tips could turn your house from a cramped, dark space, into a lavish home that all of your friends will be envious of.