7 easy ways to make a small home feel far more spacious

Living in a small space can be a challenge. Here's how make the most of every spare centimetre, add much-needed storage and give your home a roomy feel

29 July 2018 - 00:00 By Leana Schoeman
Floating shelves can create an airy look - and save floor space.
Floating shelves can create an airy look - and save floor space.
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1. COLOUR CO-ORDINATE

To create a calm and spacious look and feel, stick to a complementary colour scheme. Too many clashing colours and patterns can end up looking cluttered. Create interest and warmth by including organic textures and favourite prints as accents.

2. MULTI-TASK

When investing in furniture, choose pieces that offer multiple functionality - this is a good space saver as you can adjust their usage according to your needs. A small pouf can be a table or a seat; some even provide storage. Find a bed with drawers underneath to store linen or toys.

3. REFLECT IT

Using mirrors and reflective surfaces is a great way to open up a small space - and if you can create more daylight using reflection, even better. Mirrors add a surprise element when used to frame different spaces and elements in your home.

4. SUSPEND AND FLOAT

Maximise floor space by keeping it clear of clutter. Cabinets and cupboards can take up a lot of space, but floating shelves and cabinets can create an airy look - and save floor space. Even hooks can play a role if used in a fun or funky way.

5. DOORS AND CORNERS

Utilise smaller corners by using corner shelving. This is a great way to store books and introduce decorative accents, or create a green corner or charging station. Spaces above doors are often overlooked and can be great for storing bedding, luggage and even pots and pans. Think vertical to maximise wall space.

6. ORGANISE AND DECLUTTER

This might be the most important tip of all: Only keep what you love and use and give the rest to those in need. Many of us have the tendency to hoard and to buy things we don't need. By becoming more conscious as a consumer and doing regular clear-outs, you can make your daily life less stressful - and save money.

7. LET THE LIGHT IN

Maximise daylight wherever possible by only covering windows that might jeopardise your privacy. Use lightweight blinds or sheer fabrics rather than heavy curtains. A bright room creates a sense of space and allows the air to flow - so it's healthier too.


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