Having a small house doesn’t have to mean being surrounded by clutter and feeling boxed in. There are plenty of innovative storage and design solutions to help you get the most out of your small house. So, without further ado let’s take a look at a few of the best ideas out there!
Be clever with lighting
Opting for lights which can be hung or attached to the walls frees up space on the floor which would otherwise be taken up by stand alone lamps. This is a particularly great solution for small living rooms, where you want to save space to put other important furniture like sofas and coffee tables ( plus innovative lighting solutions just look really good!).
Use built-in shelving
One of the best ways to maximise storage in a small house is to incorporate built-in shelving into your rooms. Built-in shelving is a really sneaky way to create additional storage without compromising any of the space in the original room. They look great when filled with books and photos and are easy to build by yourself meaning you can really tailor the style to suit your home.
Nesting tables/ stools
Nesting furniture is fantastic for versatility. A nest of tables/ stools can be stored compactly whilst providing the necessary amount of dining and seating space when guests come round. If you can’t find a ready made nest of coffee tables which suits your room, you can create the layering yourself using items you choose.
Choose a large rug
As counterintuitive as it may seem, a large rug actually makes a room look bigger. A large rug which extends beyond the coffee table and sofa etc. draws the eye wider which makes the space feel larger than it actually is. Don’t be afraid to go big with patterns and colour- this really contributes to the overall feel of the room and provides a great centre point around which to base the rest of the decor.
When living in a smaller house, you need to be a lot more diligent about the furniture you introduce than you perhaps do in a bigger house. Most items of furniture can be multifunctional, it’s just a case of getting a bit creative with it. Media units can be used for extra cupboard space, pull out shelves can be used as desks- there really are numerous innovative storage ideas that will really help you maximise the small space that you do have.
A great trick to make any small room look bigger is to incorporate mirrors. Whether it’s a statement full length mirror or framed wall mirror, it’s bound to help detract from the smallness of the room as well as adding a real touch of elegance to the overall decor.
Light is key
The more natural light you can let fill the room the more open and airy it will feel. Don’t block light from the windows out with dark, heavy curtains and avoid using dark paint on the walls. Painting the walls white is one of the best ways to brighten up the space and to compliment the natural light coming through the windows.