13 space saving ideas for your home
Today, generally large and open houses from the past have been reduced to small living spaces, due to economy and convenience, such as studios, apartments and tiny homes. This new lifestyle and space requires careful planning of interior that should be practical, functional, utilise every inch of space and at the same time look aesthetically pleasing.
Here are 13 ideas about how you can make the best use of small space in your home.
1. Maximise Floor Space
Instead of losing hope over a small space, concentrate on maximising the space you already have with the selection of the right wall and floor colours. Use large size and light-coloured tiles on the floors of rooms, bathroom and kitchens to make them appear less cluttered and spacious. Using similar light colour on walls and flooring can make space appear much more significant and airy than it is. When covering the overall area of the house, try to keep the same style of flooring throughout the adjoining rooms. This can create a sense of continuity and give the effect of a larger space. In case you want to create different zones in the same area, like for seating or studying, use floor rugs to achieve the desired look.
2) Use of Mirrors
Mirrors serve as the best tools for creating an illusion of space. They possess the property of amplifying natural as well as artificial light and then radiating it throughout the room, thus making the rooms’ interior much brighter and the room look much larger than it is. Creating space through this illusion is critical in designing any small area, and it can be safely stated that there is no better friend than a mirror for a small apartment or space.
3) Relaxing and Reading Nooks
A wall with large-sized windows or lots of windows is usually considered useless as no furniture piece can be placed in front of it for the reason that it will block the path of light. You can efficiently utilise and take maximum advantage of such space by creating a reading nook or merely an exciting seating area under or in front of the windows. The best utilisation of space can also be done by adding storage spaces and drawers under the reading nook or seating area. Unused spaces like underneath a staircase, on a stair landing, inside a wall space or a closet can also be used to create reading nooks.
4) Create an Illusion of Space
Choosing the right colours and making the right combinations of colours can optically increase or decrease a space. Light coloured walls make the room feel airy and larger. Darker colours, on the other hand, give the reverse effect by absorbing light, instead of bouncing it back. A white ceiling with cold bright shades on the wall or maybe a wallpaper of the same tone with patterns of small size can give an expanded look to the room.
5) Let the natural light come inside
If your living room has access to a ton of natural light, don’t block it out with dark curtains. Let it pour in to make space feel more airy and open. Even if you don’t have large windows and tons of sunlight, choose lighter shades to maximise the light you do have. Semi-sheer shades like the ones in this living room designed by Barrie Benson will help, too.
6) Hanging Lights
Choose lighting that can be attached to the walls or hung from above to save room on floor space. Swing Arm lamps also free up space on side tables
7) Transparent Furniture
Transparent furniture that includes glass and acrylic furniture is an excellent option for placing in a small space. Open furniture has the property of blending seamlessly with other pieces of interior and thus creating a feel and look of spaciousness. These open furniture pieces not only create an illusion of extra space (while fulfilling the functionality aspect of furniture) but also stand out to make a powerful style statement.
8) Intelligent Bathroom Storage
The two main requirements when designing a bathroom are practicality and functionality. When you have a small space to work with, and do not have extra space outside the washroom to store toiletries and other everyday washroom items, you need to create intelligent storage spaces inside the restroom. Ensuring that you do not occupy a lot of floor space for shelves and storing units, occupying vertical space is the answer. Use wall areas intelligently by placing storage units in such a way that they do not look messy or cramped.
Shelves above the toilet area are one of the best solutions, entirely utilising vertical space left unused above the toilet.
9) Creating Space in Kitchen
We cannot add or create more space to the already given kitchen space. But through an intelligent choice of colours and combinations of putting them together, we can create a look of spaciousness. The easiest to attain this in a small kitchen is to keep everything in white colour as white is considered to be the best colour for small spaces and kitchens. It has the fantastic benefit of reflecting light and enhancing the sense of space. Cabinetry, counter-tops, walls and ceiling in white create a seamless space without edges or boundaries, thus creating an illusion of expansiveness.
In case of using colours in a small kitchen area, go with a low contrast colour scheme. This will allow the eye to glide over the surfaces in the kitchen without any hindrance or stopping, thus tricking your eye to think that space is more significant than it is.
10) Space Saving Kitchen Table
Dining areas take special space in every house. One cannot ignore its importance. Small studio apartments do not have space for luxurious dining tables. Sometimes space is so less than dining areas are given up, and the living room sofa and coffee table take its place. This pull- out dining table shown below is intelligently built into the kitchen cabinetry thus saving lots of space. This dining space can be created instantly when required by pulling out the drawer-like structures and can accommodate two people comfortably to sit down and have dinner. This is a perfect solution in apartments that do not have enough room for tables and chairs as it can create a small eating space inside the kitchen when needed.
11) Use of Vertical Spaces
Putting up shelves and cabinets at height on the wall can help us take advantage of unused vertical spaces. High shelves and cabinets not only help in creating valuable space for storage but also free up floor space from many unwanted things and distractions, thus making the room feel spacious and less busy.
12) Make it multi-purpose
Convertible furniture is used widely because of its multi-purpose and space-saving properties. From the classic sofa bed to retractable beds or even height-adjustable tables, nested tables offer exciting solutions to multiply the space and to transform it whenever you need.
13) Small study area
No room for a desk? Use up one of your closets. Take out the door and install shelves and power outlets for lighting, and it will become a perfect study area in your small cosy space.