Separate – try hard to separate zones and create designated spaces. It may seem like open plan is the only way to go when living in small house, but sometimes everything can just end up looking messy with no real home for items and furniture. You can use screens to divide areas like a bedroom from a bathroom. Put coat or shoe racks in the entry to keep all those necessities in one area. Put a console table up against a couch to separate living and dining, yet also gaining some extra storage.
Multi-use furniture – buy pieces of furniture which can be used for more than one purpose. For example, a trundle bed can be great for sleepovers, or a storage ottoman can be used for your feet, extra seating or additional blankets can be put inside. An extendable dining table is also a good investment. Whichever multi-purpose furniture you choose, make sure to select pieces which are size appropriate to your space.
Rethink spaces – after living in the same small space for some time you can become stuck in a rut and might need to rethink how you use all the areas in your home. Think about corners and dead spaces. Can these be better used? Maybe they could be turned in to good storage spaces with vertical book shelves. Or a small office space?
Go up – smaller homes require you to get creative about your storage. Make sure you look up. Can you add vertical storage, shelves or modular cabinetry to empty spaces? Maybe you could add a shelf above your tv with baskets to store DVDS, remotes or magazines.
Clean up – more often that not you’ll be editing, culling and living lighter with a smaller home. This can be good! It’ll help you sort out what’s important and you’ll save money by not wanting to fill a large home with unnecessary homewares.
Paint colours – go light and bright. No matter what, a light colour will make the room feel bigger and less crowded. I would opt for the same wall and ceiling colour so it all blends together with no starting and stopping. If you do love colour though, use it in your accents like cushions and a bit of artwork.
Soft angles – choose furniture which is easy on the eye with soft edges and angles. Big chunky furniture is rigid in a small home. Round dining tables, curved armchairs and round mirrors work well.