Living in a smaller space doesn't mean you have to feel like you're living in a small space. Take advantage of these tried and tested design tricks to optimize the space you do have. Living in a smaller space has many practical benefits - it's often more cost effective, easier to maintain and it's a cinch to decorate. But, whether you are choosing to live small or have to out of necessity, you likely don't want a space to feel small. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to live little while feeling large; it just means applying a few tried and tested interior design tricks to make the most of your living space, and you can do it without breaking the bank. Here's how.
Color is the most important element to creating an open feeling in a small space. It may seem counter-intuitive, but you don't want to pick bright colors. They're overpowering and make a room feel closed in. Opt instead for neutral tones and pastel shades. That doesn't mean settling for boring beige, however. If you want to paint your kitchen a bold, sunshine yellow, switch it out for a delicate butter color. It's still your home design, and it should have your style fingerprints all over it. Consideration for color should extend from the floors to the ceiling. Hardwood floors are best in a lighter tint, such as light oak. Bamboo and cork are economical and eco-friendly choices, and they come in many light stains and natural finishes. As for the ceiling, it's best left white. But, if you really want to change it, try using a very pale grey or cream.
A bright space seems larger than a dark one, but too many lighting elements, such as floor lamps and chandeliers, can clutter up a room. Recessed lighting offers a softer glow and it doesn't take up any valuable real estate. It's a must-have for the kitchen, but it also works well for the living room and bedrooms. Or, install a skylight for a natural spray of sunshine throughout the area. Use as much natural light as possible with windows and skylights. For romantic yet practical lighting in bed, add a small sconce on either side of the headboard that gives just enough light for reading.
A small space should feel cozy but not compact. To achieve that, buy furniture that's appropriately sized and multipurpose. A love seat makes more sense than a full-sized sofa; choose a style that is modern and minimal -- no ruffle skirts -- and features storage under the cushions or in the footstool. Not only does this create more space to tuck away possessions, it also saves money by using fewer pieces. A tiny kitchen benefits from cabinets that extend to the ceiling (using light wood, of course) and open shelves. A table made of glass or clear material also minimizes the sensation of overcrowding. Turning a small space into a roomy area takes a lot of smart finessing; but it's not only possible, it's also easy once you know the tricks. For more suggestions, see what these experts had to recommend.