We all dream of having the perfect home, something to brighten up the spirit when entered and to reflect what she is. Unfortunately, sometimes our big dreams are limited by space and the cost, and that’s sure to ruin our mood and dampen our enthusiasm. But don’t believe all is lost. Your home may be small, but here are some big solutions for how to keep all your things and still have a well-decorated place.
Tip #1: Let the light in
There is no better friend of your small home than natural light. Instead of closing up the space with big dark drapes and shutters, use materials that will filter the light and not block it. Don’t worry about privacy issues, these materials will conceal you from voyeurs and still brighten the room. If you don’t have big windows, you can maximise natural light by placing a mirror on the opposite wall.
Tip #2: Floating shelves
When it comes to small spaces, floating shelves are lifesavers. They can hold about anything from books to flowers and glasses.
You can make them from all sorts of materials, but make some part of them metallic or made of metal since it will reflect the light just like the mirror and bring more light to the place. These shelves can also replace nightstands and tables, as well as cupboards and kitchen elements.
Tip #3: Decorate with multipurpose furniture
One item can have more purposes and not get in the way. For instance, a small table can be used for dining and holding your laptop when working. A small stool can be used for sitting and as a small coffee table. When buying furniture for small spaces try to see beyond its intended use and in that way you will not only use up less space but also save money. Also, when choosing multipurpose furniture make sure that it’s made of material good for all the planned uses, so it won’t get damaged in the process or cause damage.
Tip #4: Choose furniture with storage
This is an excellent solution if you want to store all those things cluttering your place. The first thing you need to do in these situations is to select what stays and what goes from the apartment. There are super cheap storage solutions for surplus stuff, or you can sell them and use that money to buy furniture with extra space to put all the items making your small home crowded. Beds with drawers are good for linens and pillows, a sofa with inner space for covers and table cloths, coffee table with a shelf underneath for magazines and books, and so on.
Tip #5: Coordinate the colours
Colour is not only important to give an aesthetic appearance to the place but also to visually connect the rooms and extend the space. Sure, when it comes to big apartments you can paint every room a different colour and have multiple themes, but small homes require cohesion. This is especially important when small places are divided into several adjacent rooms since one unified colour or style will make them connected and thus larger. Also, having the curtains in the same colour as the walls will also connect the space and add depth.
Tip #6: Don’t waste space
You can’t afford to lose any possible storage space in small homes. Take a good look at your place and assess if there are any extra possibilities for you to install floor-to-ceiling shelves, use the space above the window frames or on the closets. You may also consider moving the sofa from the wall and using the space behind it to store things. The most important thing here is to not get carried away and turn your home into a storage room.
Tip #7: Use wall-mounted lights
Chandeliers and hanging lamps from the ceiling will shrink the place. Also, their light goes downward, concentrating on the lower part of your home and making your apartment shorter. The perfect and easy solution is to use wall-mounted lights. That way you won’t have to buy floor and table lamps and will still have a bright and well lighted apartment.
In the end
Even though you live in a small apartment you can dream big. Sometimes old can become new after a few makeovers, and maybe you can still revive that old furniture lying around your apartment. Experiment with different styles, move the furniture around, take stock of what you can throw out and find the perfect solution for your taste, lifestyle and budget.