The old saying goes “it’s not the size that counts, it’s what you do with it”, and we all know what that phrase is about… Interior decoration! While many of us fantasize about owning a vast mansion that’s elegantly furnished and bedecked with gorgeous thing, it’s important to love every inch of the space you’re in, from a five bedroom house in the hills to a petite studio apartment. Rising property prices are keeping more and more of us from having a significant space to call our own.
If your home is limited in size, then it’s important to make the most of the space you have. From making the most of a small kitchen to making a tiny garden in a windowbox, there are a great many gorgeous, space saving solutions to making your house or apartment feel spacious and luxurious.
A place that’s just for you
Summer’s here and while it can be a beautiful time of the year it also means hot, sweaty bus and train rides, and hours spent in cramped offices with bad air conditioning. Your home should be a bright, breezy place to relax and unwind after this, so if your living space is dark, cramped and cluttered then it’s time to refresh your living room for summer.
You should be able to throw on some music while reading a book and sipping an iced caramel macchiato in blissful surroundings free of the oppression that can be caused by cluttered or overly busy living spaces.
Even if you have a very limited space, it may come as a surprise how easily you can create a feeling of spaciousness without needing more actual space.
Here are some easy ways in which you can do this:
- Keep your walls bright and neutrally colored.
- Keep your wall art bold but restrained. You should be able to see lots of blank wall.
- Maximize your window-space by replacing heavy drapes with blinds of bifolds.
- Lay out your furniture according to the room’s layout, matching the corners and agles for optimum free space.
- Now’s the time to purge your home of clutter and remove anything you no longer need or want. You may need to be uncomfortably ruthless if you or your partner are natural hoarders. If you still have a chipped coffee mug from 1994 taking up valuable space in your cabinet, it needs to go!
You might think that open plan is the way to go, but dividing your space into separate ‘zones’ can really help you to maximise whatever space you have available to you. Each zone should be associated with a specific activity (e.g.. sleeping, eating, working, relaxing), which will give a feeling of separate “rooms”.
If you’re working with limited space then the strategic placement of mirrors is a must. Not only do they create an impression of depth, they also reflect light which will be extremely helpful in creating an airy, spacious feeling.
Nothing says ‘home’ like a houseplant
What better way to brighten up your home and make it feel more open than by opening it up to a little piece of nature? Houseplants breathe out oxygen; literally making the space airier. They also bring a wonderfully calm, serene presence into your home.