How to get the most out of your small space

Bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to your living space. More space means more to clean, more places for things to get lost, higher utility bills and higher costs to furnish. It’s no wonder that more and more Americans are starting to prefer more modestly-sized houses over the mansions that were once the picture of the American Dream. It’s time to straighten up, simplify, and set up your very own small space.

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Before you start fretting over “but where will I put my oversized teddy bear?” or “I won’t have anywhere for my very own treadmill!” just remember that people have been doing it in Denmark for years. And they’re at the top of the list for the happiest nation in the world! So it can’t be all bad. Maybe take a walk outside, instead of treadmilling in front of your widescreen TV. And maybe it’s time to part with giant Teddy. But believe it or not, making your small space feel bigger doesn’t require a whole lot of sacrifice. You can have a lot of the same things you’d find in any other home… you can even have normal sized furniture. You just have to be a little more strategic.

An efficient layout is a great first step to a functional small space, and something to consider before you commit to an apartment or house, but even if you already have your space, there are ways to reconfigure things to make the most of what you’re working with. Furniture that also acts as storage is a big help. There are couches and even end tables that open up to reveal drawers or little storage cubbies. These pieces are perfect if you don’t have a ton of closet space.

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This may all seem like obvious advice so far, but there is one big myth that is now coming to “light.” Dark colors do not make rooms feel smaller… when they’re done right. When it comes to choosing your wall color, charcoal, chocolate brown, navy blue, and even black can be great options, especially when paired with white furniture. Dark reds and greens, however, can be tricky because they tend to call attention to themselves, rather than being the classy backdrop for your beautiful home accents.

Natural light always helps. But even if you don’t have the biggest windows in the world, play up your light with white sheers and plain curtains (rather than heavy colored drapes). The way you hang your curtains can influence the effect of your windows as well. Installing the curtain rod a few inches above the top of the window, and extending it wider than the window will create the illusion of a larger window.

Now for the fun part. Decorating!

Mirrors

Another way to play up your natural light is by catching and reflecting it with mirrors! A strategically placed mirror can make a big difference, and will look gorgeous against a dark wall.

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Metallics

Following the same concept as mirrors, metallic pieces help reflect light to bring brightness and freshness to your space. Consider a shiny lamp or decorative vase to brighten things up.

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And there you have it! Incorporating these simple ideas in to your home will make it feel bigger in no time!

What are the best solutions you’ve found for making your space feel bigger?

REFERECES: Tiny Home Movement,  Real Simple- Curtains

 

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Jessica Wieser

A previous copywriter for Ten Thousand Villages, Jess is fond of campfires, rainy days and dark chocolate. She enjoys filling her house with furry and not-so-furry critters (currently counting two rats, one puppy and a tortoise). With a secret love for punk rock and horror film, she spends her free time writing weird poems, drinking tea, and dancing badly to old songs.

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