Do you live in a small house or flat? Many of us, whether by choice or necessity live in smaller homes which on first viewing leave little to the imagination when it comes to design. If you have got a small kitchen or tiny bedroom don’t worry, in this week’s blog post we take a look at some of favourite space-saving design ideas.
While there is certainly no “one size fits all” when it comes to small kitchens and bedrooms, there are definitely a few important tips and tricks that you can make the most of.
Bright is Best
Nobody wants a dark kitchen, but you know that. Did you know however that a bright kitchen really can make your kitchen seem bigger? Light and brightly coloured walls in both kitchens and bedrooms are more reflective, making the space feel open and airy, which helps make the most of any natural light – gloss slab doors, especially white, are ideal for this. On the other hand, dark shades absorb light, making the room look and feel smaller.
Cut the Clutter
Keep your room tidy and organised. Nothing makes a small space feel even smaller than having too much stuff. With things arranged neatly and kept out of sight, the space in view will feel open and spacious. For example, don’t cover your wall in lots of little paintings, one large painting will do the job, and look better in the process. With a small room, creating a focal point to draw the eye can help maintain a sense of spaciousness; this would probably be a table in your kitchen.
Sticking with the clutter theme, some of our favourite ways of keeping clutter to a minimum are through the use of smart storage solutions. There’s a near-endless range of stylish options available that not only look fantastic, but are incredibly practical too. We’ve put together a collection of some of our favourites below.
Ceiling High Cabinets
Ceiling high cabinets are brilliant way of making the most of the space available without comprising the look and feel of your kitchen or bedroom.
Out of the kitchen, sloping doors are perfect for awkwardly sized and shaped rooms such as attics, as they allow you to install them in line with the shape of the ceiling. This creates a perfect fit that gives the room a smart and stylish finish.
Something we’ve seen cropping up more and more recently is dynamic furniture. Perfect for contemporary homes, these clever modern inventions can spice up your home and save you space. It can be a little pricy, but has the capability to give your home.
If you’re putting money to a big redesign, or just designing from scratch, avoid thick walls where you can. The “open-plan” kitchen is the epitome of modern kitchen design and the airy feel it creates will make your home feel indefinitely bigger. It doesn’t just apply to kitchens though; open plan homes are becoming increasingly popular and it’s easy to see why.
Don’t Forget the Shelves
Finally, shelving is ideal for storage and there’s an abundance of stylish options out there for you to choose from, whether you want to modernise your home, or keep it traditional.
Those are just a few of the many ways you can make your small home seem bigger, got any you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments below.
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