Unlike the last Inside Peek, I don’t have to start this one off with a little moan. I can honestly declare that everything went perfectly, and nothing fell apart in the making of this article. What a relief!
Keeping in step with the last Inside Peek, I am going to move on to an area of my home that I think a lot of people deal with, too: small spaces. I have come to the conclusion that every property in the world has spaces you can’t maximize. Everyone I talk to who owns a home has the same gripe, some more than others it has to be said. So, this week I thought I would try and walk through a few tips that will turn small spaces into bigger ones. Or, at least they will give that impression!
Fancy a look?
Trick The Senses
If I am honest, you can’t always turn small spaces into big ones unless you tear down the house. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t make people think space is bigger than it is. It is all about tricking the senses, and I like to do it with mirrors. A couple of strategic mirrors reflect the light, and that has an interesting effect. Basically, it makes the room look bigger because of the different angles! You can do it with colour, too. A bright colour scheme has the same effect because it gives the room light and airy feel. You can now buy paint with light reflecting particles in it, expensive but might be something to consider?
Lighting Is Your Friend
Natural light is something that I try and put in every room in the house. Not only does it make the rooms look bigger, but it also adds to the style and atmosphere. Unfortunately, not every house is blessed with lots of doors and windows. The best way to replicate the effect is to use lighting. GU10 & MR16 led bulbs and spotlights are something that I love to use. The bulbs are incredibly powerful, and the spotlights let me focus light on the nicest areas of the room. Mainly the small spaces in the corner!
I am sorry, but there is no excuse for not having a clean if you struggle with small spaces! When you don’t have the space to begin with, you can’t afford any unnecessary items causing clutter. Plus, it is the simplest and cheapest way to get the desired effect. Anything that shouldn’t be in that space needs clearing, as well as anything you could do without. Trust me; that is a hard decision, especially if you find it hard to throw things away! But, it will work. Plus it's so satisfying looking at a space free of clutter!!
Dual Storage Furniture
I love furniture because it transforms any room into something special. But, furniture also takes up a lot of room and doesn’t leave much behind. Luckily, you can buy furniture that doubles up as storage, so you have plenty of room for your essentials. The one that everyone has in their house is the bathroom mirror that doubles as a cabinet, but there are plenty more! I saw a fantastic chair/table on Facebook the other, it folded into a cube table and out into a bed or sofa!
Hopefully, these tips helped you tackle some of the problem areas of your home. If you have any questions, please get in touch and let me know what you think!
Stay safe, x