A small space doesn’t have to feel claustrophobic. With a few small changes you can transform a cramped living space into a luxurious palace that feels spacious and inviting. Why not try a few of these tried and tested tricks to transform your small space into something that feels much grander?
1. Mirrors The old cliche is true, large statement mirrors really do help make a small space look bigger. Shop around for a chic style that suits your aesthetic and hang on a focal wall in your home. Not only does a big mirror help to reflect light back into the room, but it also creates an illusion of extra space. 2. Under bed storage Make the most of everything you’ve got and use the space under your bed as an additional storage place. Anything you’re not using, such as winter clothing, can be packed away into space saving vacuum bags and stored under the bed to help clear out your wardrobe. Any additional items you can’t bring yourself to throw out but don’t have the space for can all be packed into neat boxes and hidden out of sight. 3. Clear your surfaces Clutter on your work surfaces can quickly make a room feel dark and oppressive. Clean, neat worktops can instantly make a small space feel larger and lighter. Be brutally honest with yourself and let go of anything you don’t need. You can always sell off unnecessary items, or donate them to a local shelter or charity shop so they don’t go to waste. Keep spices and condiments on a wall shelf and organize your cupboards to make sure you’re making the best use of the space you have. Don’t hang on to the non perishables that have been there since you moved in! If you don’t need it, don’t keep it. 4. The right lighting Small homes often suffer with bad lighting, thanks to small windows and low ceilings. Large chandeliers and traditional light fixtures can make the ceilings feel even lower and give a feeling of darkness. Rather than minimizing the space with a statement lampshade, you could try recessed lighting which opens up the room and makes it feel less cramped. Fairy lights or string lights are also a great touche and can be draped into dark corners to give the illusion of light. 5. Wall storage If you’re restricted for floor space, vertical storage is the way to go. Not only is it the best way to make the most of what you have, but it’s also bang on trend. Use your walls creatively by picking up some floating shelves, vertical racks or even corner shelves to utilize every inch of space possible. You can store anything from books to cosmetics with a few crafty touches. Mason jars and vintage storage pots can be used creatively to give a touch of uniqueness. Making small changes to your space can make such a huge difference to the way you view your home. Sometimes small really is beautiful.