For decades, urban sprawl has caused many to flock to cities and suburbs. More and more people have left rural areas in search of better jobs, education, and social life. With this city migration comes less available space. Making do in a smaller space can seem daunting, especially for those used to acres of free room to roam around. Believe it or not though, there are a plethora of ways to make a small space seem bigger and look great despite its size. Whether you decide to go with a lighter color palette, rearrange furniture in a way that’s functional, or you incorporate fixtures to help maximize your space- the possibilities are unlimited for creative ideas in small spaces.
Enhancing your Small Space with Colors
One of the simplest ways to open up a space is by adding light to it. Whether you want to install more windows or paint the walls an easily-reflected color is up to you. Walls that are light colored like white or soft grey can easily add space and make a room feel bigger. Darker colors tend to absorb light and make the walls feel more closed-in. We recommend even making the ceiling a light color to allow all that natural light to bounce off the walls and expand the space. If you must paint your walls a dark color, it’s advised to install a decent amount of windows so you still have some source of light entering your space. When it comes to making a small space feel bigger, adding light is key.
Rearranging for Functionality
In a small space, it can feel like you’re playing a game of Tetris to get all of your furniture and decor to fit in a way that is functional and looks good. Sometimes, less is more. For spaces with a limited amount of extra space, it can be a good idea to only install the furniture you absolutely need. And once you’ve decided on what stays and what goes, it’s important to rearrange everything in a way that makes sense for the flow of your lifestyle. Decisions like putting the couch against the wall instead of in the middle of the living room can mean the difference between having space to breathe and feeling claustrophobic in your home. Again, it’s all about the light. Put furniture in places that make your home feel more light and spacious. If you have to climb over chairs and dodge chandeliers in order to get from one side of your house to the other, it’s probably time to rethink your arrangement.
Fixtures to Help Maximize your Space
Scale is everything in a smaller space. Stick with accents and fixtures that are smaller in size to help your rooms feel larger in comparison. Small accessories and decor can make your space feel more complete, without sacrificing precious room to move around. Fixtures like mirrors or storage are another great way to maximize the existing space. Mirrors reflex even more light, opening up any room and adding dimension to your walls. Storage pieces like high shelving and multi-functional furniture will help to give everything a place without making it feel too crowded. High shelving is perfect for storage or decor displays, and adds height to a room. Investing in furniture with included storage, such as a couch or TV stand with extra room for items is an easy way to keep your space looking clean while keeping your possessions close. Furniture like trundle beds or wall-mounted folding desks are great for small spaces as well. Utilizing the space you have on the floor or walls is a great way to give yourself a bit more room to move freely throughout your home.
For more tips and ideas on how to get creative in your small space, check out our other blogs that detail fun projects and home improvements for maximizing your home. Feel free to also shoot us a message on our social media pages or give our specialists a call for more information on our materials and to get a quote started today! We’d be happy to help you make the most out of your space of any size.