“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
When I downsized to my current loft, the first thing that came to mind was “how can I fit my life into this small space?” I had fallen in love with the unique beauty of the space but I knew it would present several challenges. Many of us are conditioned to believe we need a large house to experience happiness, but in reality less really can be more. Embrace the full potential of a smaller space with these 7 tips!
- Utilize multi-functional furniture and spaces.
You have to make the most of space in a smaller place. Furniture and spaces that work smarter, not harder, can help. Here are a few I’ve used successfully:
- Storage Mirror
- Double Doggie Den® from B&B Kustom Kennels—doubles as an entryway and storage table
- Bookshelf doubling as a dining table
- Guest bedroom and office space combined
- Purge often... and then purge some more!
Pssst, guess what—a little decluttering here and there really does make a big impact! Someone once told me, people spend their lives carrying things into their house but many rarely carry things out. What’s my solution? If a new item comes in, one must go out. It’s all about balance! Rome wasn’t conquered in a day, nor does your closet have to be. Keep only what you love and when you buy new clothes or shoes donate older items.
- Color is powerful—use it wisely.
Color choice has the ability to make or break a space. Vibrant colors are beautiful when used correctly but can be a chaotic mess when overused in a small space. The same is true for dark wall colors. Dark colors can often make an already small space feel smaller. Consider a darker color as an accent wall rather than for an entire room.
- Let mirrors work for you.
Mirrors can be a great way to enlarge a space and bring in light. In a room without windows, mirrors can be particularly useful to open up the space.
- Let everything have a home… and a practical one at that!
Organization is important for your wellness in any size dwelling, but it’s a necessity in a small space. Get creative and look for storage in unusual places. Remember—clutter attracts clutter!
- Maximize the use of height.
By drawing the eyes upward, a space can feel much larger than it actually is.
- Focus on the positives!
Less space has the potential to mean less cleaning, less decorating, and less maintenance. Bonus—if you aren’t a fan of hosting large gatherings, here’s your out!