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When living in a small house with no possibility of moving in the near future the lack of space can become a burden but there are a few fixes that will help you to live in harmony with your house and make the most of its potential for you and your family. Here are five ideas to get you started:
- For your living room choose furniture that is multi-functional for example, stools that serve as seating but also have storage space under the lids. By choosing multi-purpose furniture you are maximising the small space available to seat guests and to tuck things away at a short notice. Whilst thinking about the living room don’t forget useful extras as floating shelves to keep your possessions tidy but maximise storage space up high that might not be otherwise used.
- In small, dark rooms around the home colour and light are really important. Colours that are pale, neutral and pastel go best in small rooms and vibrant art work can be added to the walls to give a feeling of warmth and welcome. Maximise light in your rooms by replacing curtains for blinds and placing mirrors opposite windows to reflect natural light.
- Making your kitchen work for you means maximising the space you have but without spending a fortune. Have a gap between the wall and fridge just wide enough for jars and condiments? Put in a pullout pantry to store everyday items that can be tucked away neatly out of sight. Opt for upper kitchen cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling. That extra space may be harder to reach but will provide much needed storage space as clutter makes a space feel small. Also, take off the cabinet handles and replace with push-to-open catches to give a streamlined feel to your kitchen at eye-level.
- Adding tiles to the side of the bath as well as the wall will trick the eye into seeing one larger space as it will be difficult to detect where the bath ends and the wall begins. If you bathroom doesn’t have a window then recessed lighting is the perfect fix adding much needed light in a discreet manner. Don’t forget to invest in chunky towel radiators to add warmth plus a storage option for towels.
- When choosing new furniture for your bedroom look for pieces that are multi-functional, for example, a bed with underneath drawers plus a shelf in the headboard to solve three problems at once without taking up valuable space. Swap up floor storage for wall storage to give the feeling of extra room to your small bedroom. Replace floor dressers with wall shelves, floor hampers with hanging hampers and a floor lamp for a hanging lamp.
We would love to know what you have done to create extra space and make the most of the space you have in your home. Drop us a line or add a comment at izhome.co.uk