“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu
Not everyone lives in homes as large as they’d like. In fact, around 20% of the UK live in flats. However, we all want to have as much room as possible. Whether you live in a studio flat or a four-bedroom house, we’ll show you a few tips and tricks to help you get the most bang for your buck out of your home.
Mirrors – Not Just for Bathrooms!
Mirrors are one of the most low-cost and straightforward ways of maximising a small space. Have you ever wondered why so many people hang them in hallways? It’s not just for making sure that your outfit looks good on the way out. Alongside minimalist furniture and decoration, mirrors effortlessly expand a space.
A well-placed mirror will fulfil two functions. Not only will it give a sense of depth to a room, but it will also brighten it up as it reflects both natural and artificial light. Mirrors that reflect windows also make the room seem much more extensive.
Bring Some Life Into It!
You don’t need to have a garden to benefit from plants! Plants give a sense of vibrancy and life to a room and create a focal point – they’re a must in any size of modern living space.
If you’re strapped for horizontal surfaces to put plants on, then go vertical! There is a wide range of options to choose from for wall-hangings, and all of the knowledge you need to keep them healthy is available online.
Plants also purify the air, which is a must if you live in a built-up area. It’s not just rooms that plants can brighten up! Research from the Journal of Environmental Horticulture has found that plants also improve creativity, reduce depression, and improve self-esteem.
In a lot of smaller homes, there can be a lack of built-in storage space. If space is already limited, you don’t want to be stepping over storage boxes filled with your winter clothes. Fortunately, there is a solution.
If you’ve accumulated a lot of objects and struggle to fit them in a small space, vertical storage options such as tower shelves can keep as much floor space free as possible.
Keep Things Tidy
Some people seem to take to tidiness easier than others – we know not everyone has an exact agreed definition of what ‘tidy’ is! However, we can agree that the more floor space you have accessible, the bigger your property will seem.
So, if your space is silently being taken over with rucksacks discarded after a day at work, clothes, or a cluster of charging cables are snaking across your living room, tidy it away!
Out of sight is out of mind, and once you get into the routine of tidying up, you’ll notice the benefits. Although, once you’ve seen how much it can improve a living space, you might not want to go back.
Harness The Power of Colour
One of the best ways of making a room seem larger is using colour cleverly. We’d recommend using light colours such as whites, greys, and beiges to give depth to a room and maximise small space.
Light colours also make rooms seem more relaxing and create a calm atmosphere. Another trick used by interior designers is to paints the ceilings a lighter shade than the colour of the walls.
In a smaller space, aim for homogeneity with your colour scheme. If you paint each room a different colour, it creates a sense of separation between rooms. However, if you adhere to the same colour palette throughout the property, it will seem bigger as a whole.
Choose Furniture Wisely
A critical piece of advice for your home is to make sure that your furniture fits the property. Even if it’s a deal that seems too good to turn down, think of the bigger picture! Don’t find yourself hemmed in by Facebook Marketplace bargain furniture.
It is a good idea to consider the purpose of the space you’re trying to get the most out of. Is it a workspace? Is it a dining area? Is there any way you could fill this role with less?
We know that most of us don’t tend to think of homes in terms of square metres. However, a tape measure could be a low-cost solution to finding that the table or dresser you ordered is just that little bit too big. Get the dimensions from the listing, and mark them out on the floor in string for a great picture of how this particular item will fit into your home.
Make sure to leave spaces between items of furniture, even if they are small spaces. Try and avoid having furniture spreading touching both edges of a room. If you can’t do without a particular large piece, place it against the walls to make the room seem more open.
If you’re looking for a space of any size to call your own, Parrys can help. We know that each of our customers is different, and we take pride in finding the perfect property for you to buy or rent.