Homes come in all shapes and sizes, and while we would all love to have the space to have a nice big king size bed in our bedrooms or a luxuriously large sofa in our living rooms, for many of us, we just don’t have the space.
The thing is, while we might not have the physical space in our homes, that doesn’t mean that with some clever design interior hacks and the right furniture and accessories, we can’t make our spaces feel large and spacious.
If you’re looking for some tips on how to maximise the space in your small home, keep reading to find out the best tips from the experts at SLH Furniture – the designer furniture Sydney specialists!
Design tips that make any room feel spacious
Slides over swings
Many homes, if not majority of them, come with the traditional swing style doors throughout them. You might have ever thought about it before, but these doors actually require quite a bit of space to be functional.
If you need doors in your home – and let’s face it, we all love a bit of privacy – then consider swapping these doors out for a sliding door.
There are lots of really stylish sliding doors out there that are more than capable of doing the job. The best part of a sliding door is that they take up very minimal space because they are parallel to the wall they are attached to when they are opened.
Because you don’t need to keep the full swing area of the door space free, you’re going to be able to completely change the look and feel of any room they are added to.
Let there be light
One of the simplest ways to make a space feel larger is with light, however, in small spaces, you still need to be careful with how you do so.
Even if your home happens to be blessed with lots of natural light, you’re still going to need lighting at night. If you have a single light bulb or fixture in a room, it can make it feel like dingey.
If you are able to, adding light fixtures to your walls is a great way to add extra lighting. However, if you’re renting, you’re unlikely to be able to do so, so you could consider small tabletop lamps.
There are lots of affordable and small lamps out there that offer a lot of light, so even if you can’t affix a light fixture to your home, you certainly have options.
Sit in style
It’s very common for most people to furnish their living space with a couch or sofa as the main seating area.
However, if you’re suffering from a lack of space, the addition of a large and inflexible object like a couch or sofa, really limits where it can go. Especially when there are other things that you will need to add to that room, like a television or desk, for example.
It’s worth considering how many people you regularly have in your space and how much seating space you actually require. You might find that two armchairs will be more than enough for your home. You also have a bit more flexibility when it comes to where you put your chairs and other furniture.
Create the illusion of space
You probably already know this trick – it’s been used since almost the dawn of time – and that’s adding mirrors to your home to create the illusion of space.
You can place a mirror wherever you like – you can hang them, lean them against the wall, or have a freestanding one. Just make sure you pick one that can comfortably fit in your space, if it’s too large it might make your room feel cramped.
In terms of mirror placement, if you happen to have windows that provide nice, natural light, consider hanging your mirror perpendicular to them – this will make it feel as if you have another window!