Small homes are increasingly becoming the only option for a lot of people due to the high prices of real estate and the necessity to live in a big city. Most people think that with the smaller apartments and studios, it is hard to be creative and develop ideas about the interior. Actually, the biggest problem is that in a limited space, we are trying to have a living and dining room, kitchen and a bedroom, while at the same time not making these spaces look limited and not functional. We will give you a few ideas how to maximize your small space and to get the most out of it:
The built-in elements save a lot of room on the floor, while providing enough space for storing personal items and accessories. The most useful built-in elements are those, which can go into the wall, when they are not in use. This way you can also take advantage of every free niche or corner in your home, to transfer it into a functional part of the room by inserting bookshelves or special corner units.
Mirrors and glass panels visually enlarge the space because they reflect and scatter light the room. You can also use all kinds of glossy and shiny surfaces to reflect the light.
Open up walls:
A direct connection between rooms makes the space look bigger. One example of this is a kitchen connected to the dining room with an arch (or you can just remove the door in between), or an office connected to the living room with a glass french door.
Choose light colors:
There is a rule that light colors make objects appear further away and visually enlarge the space. Dark colors tend to have the opposite effect - they make objects appear closer and make spaces look more narrow.
Draw the attention upwards:
When you choose an element, which draws the attention to the upper parts of the space, you create the illusion of more spacious and airy rooms. One of the ways to do that is by using a bright white paint on the ceiling, or by using a wallpaper with vertical stripes. Make the floor covering "flow" from one room to another. By using the same material for all the rooms in your home, you create a feeling of continuity - this way the attention doesn't jump from one room to another, but moves around the whole space.
Let the light go in:
Big windows allow the light to go in the rooms, while creating a cozier and airy feeling. You can put thicker curtains or blinds, which can be opened or closed, in the rooms where you'd like to keep your privacy.
Don't over clutter the rooms:
Sometimes less is more - this also applies to the interior of your home. Try not to put too much furniture or accessories in one room because it will look small and cluttered. Choose those parts of the interior which are really important and eliminate those, which you can live without.
Don't go wild with the patterns:
If you want to keep the feeling of calm and peace, choose a color palette that is not too bright - you can always add some brighter accents, of course. By using too many patterns and bright colors, you risk them overtaking the space and making the room look smaller.
Of course, these are only a small part of the ideas and possibilities, which you can use for your small space. If you find it difficult to accomplish, you can always consult with and interior designer or an architect.