Optimising Home Spaces

storage space

Not all of us can afford to live in a large, luxury mansion with five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a huge backyard. That’s just fine, although that doesn’t stop me mooning over properties on Rightmove with loads of storage space. When it comes to home renovations you need to consider the amount of space you have first and foremost. There are so many different ways that you can make a difference to your petite property and be happier than ever with your décor, designs and storage space. We’re currently looking at shelving and bespoke furniture to help with maximising home storage space.

Check out these ideas and incorporate them into your small space right now. 

Smart Storage Space

Bathrooms can often become the most cluttered areas in the house, simply because of the amount of things you need to keep in there. You need to find a high quality and neat storage solution to keep all of your belongings safely tucked away. Drench has lots of gorgeous vanities that will ensure you always have sufficient storage in a smaller bathroom. No matter how small your space is, you will be able to find one that fits perfectly in your bathroom. When it comes to decorating your bathroom, make sure you keep the colour scheme as simple as possible in order to open up the space more. Dark and bold colours will give a much more enclosed vibe so pick a neutral palette if you want to create the image of a larger space.

Another top tip from me, decent towel storage. Nothing makes out bathroom messier than clean towels chucked on top of our bathroom unit!


Perfect Plants

Flowers and plants can work miracles and brighten up any space, whether it is spacious or small. As long as you have a couple of trustworthy vases to can create an array of arrangements to keep your house looking and smelling fresh at all times. As the seasons change you will have a variety of different greenery on offer. 

Multi-Use Furniture

Invest in a sofa bed which can be used for a variety of different situations. There are so many amazingly comfy ones out there, which will save you a tonne of space. Double up your sleeping pillows as decorative cushions too, so you don’t have to find a place to store away your unused fluffed up padding. Decorate some pillow cases with a bit of DIY handiwork and you will have a set of unique designs to brighten up your home. These are just a few ideas. Have a look on Pinterest for some fabulous (ingenious!) multi-use furniture ideas.

Awesome Accessories

From scented candles to shabby chic rugs you can really go to town on your accessories. You might want to consider smaller, yet effective ornaments so that you’re not using up too much precious space. A perfectly patterned rug or a set of floral bedding can bring you the brightness you’re craving. Choose a scheme and stick with it, whether it is rainbow bright or a palette of pastels, stay consistent and tie each item in with each other. 

Gloriously Green

Going green with your power sources at home is one extremely effective way of saving more money each month. Opt for solar panels for the ultimate energy saving method and fill in any tiny gaps around the house to keep your warmth in. Switch to LED lighting or energy saving bulbs so that you’re attempting to save some money on your bills. Any money saved of course can go back into making your home look and feel the way that you want it to. More money also means more clever storage space (clearly a priority for me).

Pristine Paint

Did you know that the colour white can give the illusion of a bigger space? The brightness of this color reflects off the walls and will make even the tiniest of homes look grand and luxurious. If you think the colour white is too neutral for you, then don’t be afraid to jazz it up with a selection of brightly coloured accessories and other additions. Even the plainest room will pop with an awesome accessory added to it.

Personal Touches

Hanging up pictures and photographs on the wall can really add a personal touch to your little house. Choose your favourite images which capture the most special moments in your life and make them into an attractive collage on the wall. You can include photos of your loved ones or invest in some alternative artwork which makes you feel at home. Perhaps your little ones have painted the most perfect portrait and you want to hang it in a frame. Whatever makes you feel homely hang it on the wall!

Wonder Walls

Shelves are your best friend when it comes to living in a tiny house. You can install shelves on each and every wall and use them for a variety of purposes. Whether you want to stack up a set of your favourite books or you’re planning on using them to store your kitchenware, shelves can be a super effective way to keep your things neat and tidy. Take inspiration from the many tiny house hacks online and make the most of your wall space by installing shelves from floor to ceiling. When in doubt, go high! We’re looking at creative ways to illuminate our wall shelves at the moment.


Living in a small cosy home, doesn’t have to be a boring one at all. There are so many ways that you can transform a little space into a luxury one. Add your own personal touches, clean up the paintwork and find smart home storage solutions that work with the space that you’ve got. You will soon be able to boast a beautiful pristine home that is perfect for you and your loved ones.

Interior Design Disagreements Solved

Roy and I are pretty much on the same page about pretty much everything. After nearly fourteen years of marriage, we tend to share many of the same likes and dislikes. Right now, we are planning a new dining room and living room and there have been a few things we’ve disagreed on.

When I say a new living room and dining room I mean our two (good sized) rooms run together and while they are separate they share a carpet etc. We are having our utility room rebuilt at the end of April and after that is done and the mess is finished with we plan to re-carpet through the lounge/dining room, install vertical blinds in the bay window (for privacy and to manage sunlight) and buy a new (or new to us) suite. We are agreed on a three seater and a one seat/armchair.

What we disagreed on is how to revamp the room. I prefer to keep our neutral walls and insert colour and style by searching for pieces that work via example, a one stop shop for every room such as LionsHome. Roy wanted to think about a feature wall. Now, the problem was that we are looking at using grey, dark grey and light. I think grey on the walls or even just a feature wall will be too dark. Don’t you?

My idea, which Roy did come around to once we had a good browse online was to stay neutral, ditch any ideas of painting and papering and perhaps add a grey-striped carpet, grey curtains and then jazz the room up with some colourful cushions.

I’m thinking of something like this, maybe.  Photo credit

The last time we undertook a living room makeover it was significantly smaller (a different house) and we had a baby and a small boy. Now the small boy is heading for secondary school shortly and the baby is six (and a half) and so we feel we can be a bit more grown up with our choices. How their rooms look under the pile of toys and clothes is up to them.

The corner of my living room. As you can see I have high ceilings and a large room. The neutral wall colour has to stay.

While I’m not exactly fickle about my interior design choices, I do like to be able to switch things around and inject a new colour or theme without breaking the bank or having to repaint (I hate painting with a passion). For example, at the moment I have a gold, silver, wood and blue thing going on (warmer than you’d think) but like the idea of a mixture of greys, neutrals and a pop of colour. In eight or nine months I might be ready to ditch the grey altogether and so will be looking for home decorations in a new colour or set of colours.

So, while we originally disagreed on how to address the paint/don’t paint dilemma/disagreement I think being able to browse so many looks and home accessories online made it easier to visualise what we both wanted and how it would work.

Now, where to buy a two-room carpet without needing to sell a (Roy’s) kidney. I just need to convince him that striped over plain is the way to go…….