There’s a lot of small homes out there. There are also lots of old houses in England with small spaces or rooms. House prices are rising and rising each year, and home owners are finding it harder and harder to afford a place with enough room for everyone. But that doesn’t mean you have to go on living with clutter all over the floor and four walls that feel a bit like prison bars; there’s some cheeky things you can do about it, and at a minimal cost!
So if you can’t afford an extension, or you’ve got nowhere to put one and you feel a bit stuck because of it, it’s time to go back to interior design and make the most of optical illusions. If you’re ultimately happy with your home, and just want to make it seem a little less claustrophobic from time to time, here’s a couple of tips to get started with.
1. Put Up Some Mirrors
If you’ve got plenty of wall space in your small house, now’s the time to put them to work! Hanging up some mirrors at strategic points can really make a room seem a lot larger than it actually is. Adding mirrors to tiny bathrooms or to miniscule living rooms can make the room seem twice as big. This also works amazingly well in an outdoor space too. Add a mirror to a small garden can draw the eye through the mirror creating a space that seems much bigger. There are some gorgeous infinity mirrors available out there, to really make rooms seems huge! I’m very tempted to add one of these mirrors in the Old House’s new bathroom as the space is narrow. I think they are really cool!
2. Soft furnishings
Perception of space is all about how the light affects our eyes, and if you’re sick of feeling trapped in a dark hued room, now’s your chance to give yourself a better outlook. Choose light and airy curtains in a small bedroom with a blackout blind behind, to help you sleep. Match your curtain colour to your walls to ensure a more uniform space. Choose light coloured paint and perhaps a wooden floor. Keep storage under the bed so that the floor space is clear. This will make the room seem much larger than it already is. Think about putting your bed underneath the window to create maximum wall space for storage or choose a daybed.
Storage is so important in a small space. Making sure things get put away will make your home seem less cluttered and therefore, larger. Think about getting storage boxes to go under beds or on top of cupboards and I love those vacuum bags you can get which seem to shrink to hardly anything! Built in bookshelves look fabulous in a small living room and will add interest.
4. Choose furniture carefully
Try to think ‘cosy’ rather than tiny. The right furniture in a small room will compliment it, not swamp it. Think small sofas or perhaps a round dining room table rather than that corner sofa. Opt for sofas that are raised on legs so you can see the floor underneath; this leads the eye there making the room seem larger. Perhaps buy multi-functional furniture such as an ottoman, that can be used as a coffee table. Choose furniture that can be folded or stacked when not in use such as side tables or extra dining chairs.
Making a small home look bigger on the inside is just a matter of being sneaky, so take your chances on interior design tricks!
A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.