Tiny homes and spaces are trending in big ways. So much so that there are actually television series focused solely on the topic.
But it’s an extreme. Most people find it impossible to even let go of clothing that’s too small or sentimental, let alone let go of 80% of their worldly possessions to travel “light” in their lives.
So, shy of living in a 180 square foot home, there’s a big space in between. And within that “big” space, lives a wide array of small spaces.
And small spaces are even easier to love when they look and feel bigger. Following are some tips to help you achieve a “bigger” feel in a “smaller” space.
Think in terms of zones
- Give some thought to the things you do and create space accordingly. Instead of having everything everywhere and leaving your keys and phone wherever they land, zone things off. Give each functioning space it’s own “home” and do the same thing for all of your items. Do you need space to work and if so, how much? Would you like a designated space for dining? There has to be a sleep zone, and a zone for relaxing is always nice.
- As you identify these, group your personal belongings accordingly and then incorporate visual cues like paint colors, floor rugs, even pieces of furniture spaced strategically to divide the zones into their appropriate areas.
Trick Your Eye Into Seeing More Space
- Mirrors are a terrific and simple way to do this. They can be small or large. Wall mounted or sitting on tables. Singular or grouped together. You can place them on the wall at window height to create the illusion that there actually is a window in the spot. It expands the space. You can even put a large mirror on the wall next to the side of your bed so it looks like an entrance to another room.
- Hang curtain rods at ceiling height and hang curtains that are the full height regardless of where a window starts and stops. The vertical visual creates the illusion of bigger.
- Place your lighting strategically so your eye goes to different heights and locations in the space. You can do this by combining the use of floor lamps, table lamps and wall sconces. You can always use overhead lighting, but personally, I find it uncomfortable and sterile. I’ll turn on ten lamps before I’ll turn on one overhead light.
Use Furniture That Multi-Functions
- A bench that also works as a table or tables that can be used as seating. Murphy (or Wall) beds are terrific space savers and the design options offered today are quite diverse. There’s actually a Wall Bed that also serves as a desk. It’s amazing. Here’s a link to a video if you’d like to see it in action:
Build In Storage At Every Opportunity
- Display space is nice, but not as important as storage when space is tight. Keep in mind that you can “go up,” meaning that you can use the walls as “vertical storage” with shelving or cabinetry.
- Using baskets and boxes helps keep things looking nice and stylish while still functional and increasing overall storage capacity.
Combining even a few of these tips into your living space, whether large or small, will help you feel better, find things more easily and live life more stylishly.
And consider customization because custom storage options make use of every inch of space and can be personalized to fit almost any purpose.