MAKING SMALL SPACES WONDERFUL PLACES

Make the most of the small spaces in your house with these decorating tips.

When it comes to decorating, the size of your home certainly doesn’t matter. Even the smallest spaces can be transformed with a little planning and creativity.

Here are a few tips, tricks and things to think about when tackling your small space.

Function first

Before you start to transform your small space, figure out what it is going to be used for. Home office? Storage space? Kid’s play area? Determining what the room will be used for should dictate every design and décor decision you make. And be honest with yourself, especially if you want to make the most of your space. A reading nook with a wall of built in book shelves may look stunning in a magazine or online, but will that space be used in your day-to-day life?

Reflect

Mirrors are a great addition to create the illusion of space in a small area. Hang a large mirror on one wall or cover a wall with mirrored tiles. Just be sure not sacrifice wall space with a mirror over shelf or storage space, or look for things like mirrored closet doors for the best of both worlds.

Move on up

When it comes to making the most of your small space, look up. Built-in shelves that go all the way to the celling give you more storage space (and eliminate that dreaded, dust collecting shelf top that always gets forgotten when cleaning). If you have windows, look to hang the drapery rods higher – about 2 inches from the ceiling – instead of right over the top of the window. Interior decorators use this trick to create the illusion of more height. Too often, people think only horizontal when decorating a space, so make sure you’re also thinking vertically.

Declutter creatively

Any clutter is amplified in a small space, so look for creative ways to organize and store things that gives everything a place. Many couches, ottomans and coffee tables provide storage options for things like remotes and blankets, often hidden from plain view to help keep clutter down.

Lighten up

Keeping colours light in the space will make the room seem larger, as well as making accent colours pop. Remember to balance this with a realistic look at your lifestyle – generally toddlers and white furniture don’t mix well.

Curtain call

A curtain can make an effective and easy room divider if you’re looking to split a room into two smaller spaces. It provides a level of privacy but gives you the option to easily and quickly expand the space when needed.

A small space doesn’t need to be a wasted space. With a little imagination and planning you can make your small space a functional and inviting part of your home.

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