Published on: Jan 25, 2016 @ 14:23
Rising real estate prices are leading to small homes and the need for inventive solutions to space limitations. Living in a small apartment can be challenging also. Fortunately, living comfortably in a small apartment is a possibility.
Small homes planning requires a great amount of thought since you have to utilize available space to its full potential. Here are a few decorating guidelines to optimize your small space effectively and give it a look of ambience and style:
The most important thing you should consider when planning the interiors of the living room is the size of your family and the number of visiting guests. The trick to optimizing space in a living room is choosing dual-purpose furniture, such as a sofa or ottoman that folds out into a bed, or a couch that includes built-in storage. This provides a perfect solution to comfort without having to sacrifice space.
The double-sized sofa bed is very useful for a small home. It is large enough to use it as a couch by day and bed by night. This piece of furniture can save space if you do not have enough room in your house for a full bed which is required at a time when a guest stays at your home
Flat screen TVs that hang on the wall and small computers can definitely add a high-tech look to your space without taking up valuable floor space.
You may also use the light colours to make the home look livelier and more spacious. To optimize space, paint the walls in lighter shades as they reflect more light when compared to darker shades.
If you live in a studio apartment, resist the temptation to line all of your furniture around your walls so the middle of your room remains free. Use one centre table that is large enough to cater to your needs. It is also wise to use chairs rather than sofas for maximum flexibility in case of smaller spaces. They require less space and can also be moved around more easily.
Bedroom Bedroom is the most loved and private space of the house. In the bedroom, place your bed in such a way that you don’t block any windows and have enough space to walk around. Side tables should be of a size just enough to fulfill your needs. Your wardrobe should be placed against a wall with enough space for the shutters to open. In situations where you are short of space, opt for sliding wardrobes.
For small homeowner, dual purpose furnishings will allow you and your family to make the most out of all your furniture choices. It will create more storage space. You can choose the folding bed with built-in shelves or wardrobe to save space instead of that king-size bed if you live in a small apartment.
Storage can always be an issue in the bedroom, so keep unwanted or bulky items under the bed. Make your headboard for storage. The bed platform in this loft combines the functions of sleeping and storage. Using shoe shelves that can be attached to the doors of your bedroom will allow you to store shoes behind doors which would otherwise be unusable.
A light shade of paint will also make a room look larger.
Having a well organized kitchen is an important step towards optimizing space in a small apartment. In a kitchen, you’d have an eating, a cooking, and a pantry or storage zone. The key is to keep things in their zones.
Keep unused utensils, plates, appliances and cookware out of sight by using effective storage options, and make sure clutter is kept to a minimum. If affordable, choose space-saving appliances that leave counters open, and hang pots and pans from a rack over the sink or stove.
The mainstream refrigerators, microwaves and dishwashers are all massive items that take up more space and therefore should be avoided for small homes. Small-sized portable dishwashers , refrigerators and microwave can be acquired for your kitchen. Small refrigerators have all of the capabilities of the larger refrigerators, but with slightly less storage space.
If you prefer to have a dining table, consider a round or oval table as they enable smoother movement around them.
Make sure to keep your terraces and balconies clutter free.
Use a monochromatic color scheme for decorating a small bathroom that will make the room look larger. A large mirror and proper lighting can also achieve the same effect. Use the area of under sink or shower storage for toiletries. You can also install a few simple shelves above the toilet to utilize space that is often overlooked.
By using these few tactics you can change your small cramped home, into a spacious living space. After the completion of your home’s transformation process you will be surprised to find the older version of your home turning into an ambience and stylish home.
Ajay Verma, founder and writer of TheHousingWorld, a real estate and mortgage news website. He has over fifteen years of rich experience in the above mentioned industries.