Small Home Tips and Tricks

Small Home Tips and Tricks

There are a lot of benefits behind smaller homes. They’re often cheaper to run, easier to clean, cheaper to decorate and provide the perfect amount of space. We’re moving to a bungalow soon, a smaller home in some ways compared to our current three-story Victorian terrace and already can see the benefits, not least the reduction in heating bills. Sometimes, however, a small home can look a bit too cramped and overcrowded if not decorated in the right way. Here are some interior design tips on ways you can maximise space to really get the most out of your small home.

Stay Neutral

Neutral and minimal colour schemes work best when you need to make a smaller space appear large. Rooms with walls painted white, for instance, will create a brighter and more open appearance in a small room compared to darker shades or bold, patterned wallpaper. If you can’t help insert a bit more colour into the space, consider creating a feature wall with a hue like a light blush pink, which looks beautiful in rooms with a lot of natural light.

Wooden floors are also useful for making a room feel more spacious, especially those in lighter shades of wood like oak. Rw-invest.com is a property company that often offer smaller studio apartments, in which they use wooden floors and neutral walls for a stylish feel. Another big trend right now is painted floors, so if you feel your wooden floors could do with an update, consider painting them in a white shade to really open up the area.

Make Use of Wall Space

Rather than taking up precious floor space around your home, think of ways you can use your wall space for storage and decoration. This could mean putting up floating shelves to display ornaments or plants, or installing floating storage cabinets where you can keep bits and bobs out of sight. Hanging artwork on your walls can work wonders in a smaller space. Think about stacking artwork vertically which can lengthen the appearance of the wall, or make a statement with large and eye-catching prints or canvases. Historically this is something I’ve been rubbish at doing but I will be following my own advice in the new house.

Use Mirrors in Your Small Home

Mirrors can be effective in creating the illusion of space in a smaller home. Be selective in how and where you use mirrors. For instance, try hanging a large mirror behind a piece of furniture like a sofa, placing a mirror behind a lamp to maximise the lighting effect, or hanging a mirror next to or across from a window to mimic the appearance of an extra window.  Everywhere I look, from interior design shows to Pinterest, I get the same advice about mirrors so must start taking notice myself.

Pick Furniture Wisely

You might automatically think that because your home is small, your furniture should be too. While this can be true in some cases, filling rooms with multiple small pieces of furniture can actually draw attention to the small size of the property. Instead of lots of small pieces, use a limited amount of full-sized furniture that will fill the space without making it appear too busy. When choosing items like a coffee table or dining table, consider translucent glass styles that will open up the space. You should also be mindful of furniture that doubles up as a storage solution, such as beds with built-in storage to keep clutter hidden away.

 

While the bungalow we are moving to is far from tiny some of these ideas could make all the difference to the feel of the rooms. Have you used any of these interior design tricks and tips?

 

Choose Engineered Wood Flooring

Choose Engineered Wood Flooring

We’re moving house very soon, and this has reminded me of previous house moves and my attempts at making cheap and cheerful flooring look like a premium floor covering. I haven’t been able to achieve this look and to be honest I’m not sure that many people can. I believe that when it comes to flooring you need to choose something that is designed to offer a quality feel, finish and that will last. That is why this time I am choosing engineered wood flooring.

We’ve all done it, or at least considered it. We’ve looked at wooden effect lino, cheap and cheerful laminate and other perfectly fine flooring alternatives but if I’m being honest, they really haven’t done the job. We love period properties and are moving into our newest house to date soon, a 1930’s bungalow which has been sympathetically renovated and kept the original charm the original architect clearly worked hard to include. To put anything other than engineered wood flooring down would, quite frankly, be a crime!

Having the engineered wood flooring ticks all of our boxes, from affordability to a long-lasting, hard-wearing finish that looks and feels great.

What is Engineered Wood Flooring?

Engineered wood flooring is very cleverly put together layers of plywood which are expertly finished with a layer of high-quality real wood. Less wood, therefore, is used than the traditional wooden flooring, making it both cheaper than solid wood flooring and better for the environment. Basically, if you are looking for a solid wood floor but don’t want the associated costs, engineered wooden flooring could be just what you’ve been looking for.

Can You Use Engineered Wood Flooring Anywhere?

engineered wood flooring

Thanks to engineered wood flooring being a little hardier it can be used for the majority of rooms although is not suitable for high moisture rooms such as bathrooms. This is because the top wooden layer could be damaged by the water leading to expanding and swelling. To preserve a long-lasting finish we wouldn’t use that type of flooring in our shower room for example. For your lounge, dining rooms, offices, entrances, hallways and more this type of expertly engineered wooden flooring is the perfect solution.  

Installing Engineered Wood Flooring

When it comes to flooring that has the word “installed” attached I’ve always chickened out. I’m much more of a slap it down and hope for the best kinda girl. This might account for some of the dodgy finishes in the past! With engineered wood flooring it is apparently very easy to do it yourself, which means not having to employ someone to fit it. There’s a really good guide on how to fit engineered wooden flooring here.

In Summary

We can’t wait to move and put our stamp on the new property. Despite my lack of decorating skills and previous cowardice when it comes to painting and flooring, this time I’m determined to put the extra effort in, in order to enjoy a finish that really feels like home. Watch this space!

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