We all strive to make our lives better. But not all of us have the luxury to live in a mansion. There’s even a trend among many people to downsize their lives. Small homes are cute, but limited space comes with a price. So how do you make the best of what you’ve got?
Just follow some simple steps by Home Decor Expert and you’ll turn your little home into a cosy and comfortable place.
Here’s the list:
Decide what will the purpose of the room be.
“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” ~ Zig Ziglar
Setting a clear goal in the first place will help you get where you want. Knowing what the purpose of each room will be will make you more focused. Clarity is your best friend as clear goals and clear directions help you achieve what you aim for.
1. Remove any unnecessary furniture.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – discovered Leonardo da Vinci long time ago.
So maybe it is time to ask yourself – do you really need a computer in your bedroom? Or a big sofa? Do you need a table for ten people?
If you truly want to live a simpler and more efficient life start by taking stuff out, not in. That doesn’t mean you have to throw it out in the garbage. There are plenty of online options where you can sell or give away for free the furniture you don’t need or use anymore.
2. Remove clutter out of your home.
“Clutter doesn’t just occupy the house in which you live, it occupies your mind.” – Alvina Celeste
Let’s admit it – we are living in a consumerist society. We are constantly tempted to buy things we don’t really need. And with time it all adds up. Yes, you can’t change the global trend, but what you can change is your immediate surroundings.
All these souvenirs from your vacation 10 years ago that collect dust on the shelves? The only purpose they have today is to gather even more dust (and occasionally remind you that you’ve once been under the palm trees in Mallorca).
Well, if you want to make room for something new in your life make sure there is a space for it.
To make things simple, follow the expert advice and if you don’t use it – recycle or simply dispose of it.
3. See through with transparent furniture.
“In the kingdom of glass everything is transparent” – Vera Nazarian
You can’t throw everything out оf your home. You still need a table or a bookshelf, right? Replacing the heavy and solid wooden furniture with lucite one will transform the curb appeal of your entire room.
But how? It will give you the magical sense of almost invisible objects floating in the air. And when you add light and mirrors, your home will become a state of the art jewel that you’ll be simply proud of.
4. Play with light.
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” – Aaron Rose.
Just like in the great movies and photographies, it’s all about light.
To let more natural light inside your home you may replace the heavy curtains and choose fabrics and textures that are light. You can go one step further (if you feel comfortable with it) and completely remove the curtains from your windows. Also, make sure your windows are clean so you don’t lose any precious sunlight.
If natural light is not sufficient, you can add some hidden or recessed ceiling lights to create an elegant atmosphere in your home. LED has become the norm and with its help you can unleash your creativity by making your tiny space glow and feel like a Hollywood stage or reach out for designer lighting like Lamp Twist to best match your interior
5. Bring more light in and hang mirrors on the walls.
“Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun.” – Evita Peron
Decorating your home with mirrors can be tricky and might not look well if it’s not done the right way. On the other hand – large mirrors can create the illusion of a room as twice as big as it is in reality. But don’t worry – our minds are trained to accept what we perceive as real (even if it’s not).
Just don’t put a mirror for the sake of it. Keep in mind that it is there to reflect – light, objects, you. Bringing more and fresh air is on of the best tips for preventing mold one can do at home.
6. Choose wisely and pick the right colours.
“In nature, light creates the colour. In the picture, colour creates the light.” – Hans Hofmann
Choosing the right color for a small space is of huge importance because it can transform the whole room both in a good and bad way. Keep in mind that you want to achieve spaciousness and comfort, not to make it feel like you are suffocating.
That’s why you should choose one hue but experiment with different tones. Choosing softer tones will give the room that sought-after feeling of more open and larger space. Essentially, light colours reflect more light and make for an airy room with more depth and comfort.
You can try and match the colour of the wall with the colour of the curtains and blend the objects in the room which will give the illusion of a clear and wider space. Also, you can easily create more light and room if you use slightly darker tone for the walls and decorate with lighter coloured furniture.
7. Use wallpapering for a breathtaking experience.
“I love to sit on a mountain top and gaze.” – Julian Lennon
There was a time when a “wallpaper” meant something totally different from a beautiful picture on your computer screen. Although the times have changed wallpapering is still a great option for home redecoration. For example, trick your mind once again with a view from a mountaintop. It will give you a sense of vast open space and will definitely make your room more airy and spacious.
8. Simplify space with multifunctional furniture.
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs
With so many clever engineering options it is easier than ever to experiment and use innovation and originality when planning your interior decor. Now is the time to invite the “Transformers” of the furniture world into your home. Folding, sliding and converting – a myriad of furniture pieces combined together can bring creativity and convenience to your home.
You can start with simple folding chairs or a comfortable bed that transforms into a wall. A sofa that turns into a table? Why not? There is an abundance of space saving furniture that you can fit in your tiny place without sacrificing style and glamour.
To Wrap It Up:
The best part about living in a small space is the chance to start living a better life. Why?
Because minimalism is not just a trend, but it’s also more meaningful, less stressful and efficient way of life.
Ultimately, when you start living with only what is essential you get the opportunity to be more with less.