We can’t all live in mansions, and we don’t all want to. Some of us will always love the idea of having a small living space – not only is it less expensive, but it’s also more comfortable, and certainly cozier. That is if we put the work in and make that space feel good. The problem with smaller spaces is that they can become rather cramped and even depressing if we don’t take the time to design them in the right way.
If you’re looking for some ideas to make your small living space, bedroom, or entire apartment into somewhere more comfortable for you to be, read on:
Use Color Wisely
The wrong color used in a room can make a big difference in terms of how comfortable it feels and how spacious it feels. A small room can be made to feel larger with the right use of color, just as a large room can be made to feel smaller if the wrong color palette is incorporated.
The key with smaller rooms is to stay away from darker colors if possible. Although you might like the idea of somewhere dark and cozy to live in, if you use lighter colors such as various shades of white or cream, everything will feel much more spacious.
If you still want to include darker colors, do it with your accessories such as your cushions and rugs, but leave the floors and walls lighter and brighter.
The more items you have in a room, the smaller it will feel. So if you have lots of personal belongings and many pieces of furniture, and so on, your small room will feel even smaller. To make the most of the room and make it as comfortable as possible, it’s a good idea to declutter and remove anything in there that isn’t needed.
If you don’t want to do that, then you should consider clever storage ideas. By having pieces of furniture that double as storage, or having other hidden storage within your home, you can keep things tidy, reduce the clutter, and show your room off to its best advantage.
Using large pieces of furniture or pieces of art, or anything else in your room is always going to make it feel smaller. So, if you need a couch in your small living room, why not choose a smaller one? If you need a bookshelf, a narrow one will be better than a wide one. Plants are great in the home, but they can take up a lot of space; if you want your home to have more greenery in it, buy bonsai trees rather than large palms and orchids.
By putting smaller elements into your room, you won’t draw attention to the fact that it is small, and you won’t, run out of space. You’ll even be able to add more personal items (as long as they are neat and tidy), ensuring that your small space is as comfortable as possible.
*Photos by Taryn Elliott