If you’re living in a city, the chances are you probably have a bit less space than you would ideally like. We’ve compiled some handy tips on how to make the most of your smaller space and make it appear more spacious than it is.
Storage is key. Ensuring your things are put away and organised will make your place feel less cluttered. Clever ways to do this are to use multi-functional storage such as a shoe bench with a shoe rack underneath or an ottoman that also doubles up as a storage box.
Shelving is also very handy. Hanging or floating shelving can look great but also solve some storage solutions for your smaller accessories such as candles or smaller framed pictures.
They're also a great option for books or magazines but be sure to double check their weight capacity.
Vertical storage is also very useful. Ensure you purchase bookcases and shelving units that are tall to ensure you are really maximising the space they are taking. Lower shelves can be used for practical storage. If it is looking a bit unsightly, invest in wicker or cloth covered storage boxes that can slot into the shelves like drawers.
Mirrors are a great way to create the illusions of space and add more light into your home. Carefully positioned opposite windows they can reflect the light beautifully which is not only visually appealing but also creates a feeling of space. Large floor length mirrors are a great addition to a hallway or alcove. Mirrors don’t have to be restricted to a bedroom or bathroom. Add a statement mirror to your living space and it will add a beautiful point of interest.
Foldable furniture is a very practical solution to limited living space, the easiest being foldable chairs and tables. Find a table that is adjustable so you can leave a small section up for everyday use and then expand the other sections when you have guests. Put the unused foldable chairs under or behind a sofa until they are needed.
When it comes to accessories for your home be a little more selective. Too many accessories can change a home from looking cosy to cluttered and small. Invest in the pieces you really love and hold back on smaller purchases.
Remember lighter colours also give the illusion of space, so if you’re in a position to paint your walls, opt for a white or a light neutral colour. Also go for lighter colours in those larger statement pieces, such as a soft grey sofa, a beige rug and light wood coffee table.