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?

 

A Modern Home Update

A Modern Home Update

We’re moving in April. I can’t wait. We’re moving to a 1930’s bungalow that thas has been renovated to make it a modern home. We’ll be looking to make it a cozy place that embraces the age of the property and yet works for us as a modern family home. Here are a few ways that you can achieve this….

Clear Out and Throw Out

If you’re living in a cluttered home, you need to do everything you can to get rid of the past and move onto the future (within reason). Are you still the type of person who has shelves full of videos, yet you don’t even have a VHS player anymore? There is nothing bad about displaying your collection, but you might want to consider a Vhs to DVD service so that you can actually watch them. We’ve just got rid of a number of old CDs we never listen to.

Update Your Colour Scheme

Dingy, dark walls are a thing of the past, so you need to get your colour schemes back up to date. Perhaps you haven’t changed your carpets for several years, if so, now would be the perfect time to upgrade. Invest in wooden floors that will be timeless, no matter how many years you have them. Paint your walls a neutral tone such as white, beige or cream; this will also bring your home back into the modern day. No more old patterns and dark schemes; your home will soon be lighter and brighter than ever.

Add a Modern Home Twist

There are so many funky and fun patterns that could transform your home into a better version of itself. Check out the latest design trends for this year and it will soon bring you into the modern day. From jazzy cushion designs to chic bedding, adding these small modern twists will make the world of difference to your humble home. I have a Pinterest board or three that incorporates these modern touches in a way that is sympathetic to the house style and age.

Invest in Gizmos and Gadgets

The final thing you could consider doing is updating your technology. Invest in a flat screen television, wireless speakers and other gadgets to improve the overall feel of your home. They might seem like a big investment right now, but they will certainly make your home a much happier place. I hate wires with a passion so this will work for me.

Whether you’re throwing away your beloved video collection from the 90’s or you’re finally getting rid of that retro sofa, there are so many different ways that you can bring your home into the modern day. Tweaking the decor and letting go of the past are just a couple of methods that could get you far. Grab your inspiration online and you will soon have a home worth bragging about!

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