As a person living in a small home myself, I can appreciate the problems of knowing where to put what.
I think the worst-case scenario is when you do downsizing to decide what remains and what needs to go. I think, in these circumstances, space-saving tips for apartment living are probably invaluable in helping you view your new, tiny space with a more realistic outlook.
You may not have proactively chosen to live in a small home but, considering the space you have – and maximizing its potential – will provide you with a home that is both cozy and attractive and which welcomes you home at the end of every day.
Apart from being more comfortable and cheaper to run than a larger home, a small apartment can appear to be much more comfortable.
Using deep, vibrant colors on your walls, warm tones, and deep upholstery into which you can enfold can create a comfortable niche that is often more difficult to achieve in a larger home. One thing that reduces intimate comfort is chaos, and, on a small property, it is essential to keep confusion to a minimum Ensure you have sufficient cupboard space to hide away the everyday detritus that few of us can live.
A perfect and innovative way to hide essential equipment is to invest in stacked reed-woven boxes.
Each one has a lid so you can protect things away from view, place the top on, and know your items are on hand when you want them. Dot the red boxes around the room, and they double up as handy coffee tables for when you have visitors.
Soft blues and greens in a monochromatic color will give the impression of light open space while ensuring that furniture is kept to a minimum and doesn’t block pedestrian walkways will also provide the idea of more space than there is.
However, if I were to pick one, single influence on giving the impression of more space, it would be light – preferably natural but, if not, plenty of table lamps dotted around the apartment.
Rooms with good lighting always give the impression that it is far more critical than what happens, so, if your residence has large windows, don’t cover it with thick curtains that block the light. It would be far better to use voile curtains than heavy curtains with thick linings, and, nowadays, with most apartments having double glazing to keep heat in, there is less need for curtaining to packed and dense.
In the case of artificial lighting, you can always install recessed lighting or track lighting to achieve more illumination in a room as long as natural light is minimal.
Carrying on this illusion of light, the use of sheer fabrics will also give the impression of more space.
A room will look more significant if you are peering at some of it through a gauzy fabric. It will also look more extensive if the materials you make use of being able to reflect light – elements such as glass for tables and tones that naturally reflect light.