One thing most of us are guilty of is collecting a lot of stuff over the years, happily inviting clutter into our homes. That’s not an issue if you have the space to have a constantly expanding collection, but what if, like most of us, your home does not have the luxury of space? Smaller homes or smaller rooms can present some challenges when it comes to styling. The obvious answer may be to stick to a minimalist look, but minimalism is not for everyone. So how do you style a small space?
HAVE A CLEAR OUT
Well, first thing is first; stop hoarding! By hoarding we mean keeping every single item that you have ever acquired. To reduce this, commit to de-cluttering twice a year, with the rule: if you haven’t used it in six months, or even set eyes on it – then get rid! For any items that you cannot bear to part with – show them off! Get those ticket stubs out of the box and put them in a frame. Use bookshelves, floating shelves, wall cabinets and cram all those memories and sentimental knick-knacks in a big impact display.
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
Inviting more light into a room is a great way to create the illusion of more space, and there’s one item that is perfect for the job – mirrors. Carefully placed, mirrors can help brighten even the dullest of rooms, by reflecting the existing light. Who says you can have only one mirror? Mirrors come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, colours and frames, ranging from simple to extravagant. Continue with the reflective theme and use reflective materials around the home. Decorate with glossy paint or shiny tiles to help that light bounce!
The size of a room can influence your choice of colour scheme. Bright white walls can produce a calming effect, along with helping a room look bigger, as can pale furniture. We know that that’s not always the Home That Rocks’ look though! Smaller rooms do not mean that you must stick with a pale palette – bold and darker colours can also be ideal, especially when they are paired with vivid, and colourful sofas and chairs. If white is not for you, or you don’t fancy that luminous yellow armchair -try one bright feature wall to brighten the space.
The biggest thief of space in a room, is the furniture. Sofas, chairs, tables – they’re generally bulky and can get in the way. Why not consider pieces that can be folded away? Especially if they are not used all the time – fold away dining tables or writing desks are perfect for smaller rooms. Kill two birds with one stone and place furniture that can have more than one purpose: beds with built-in storage, like ottomans or drawers; daybeds that can be used as a sofa as well as a guest bed; cube stools that can be used like an extra table… you get the idea!
CLEAR THE FLOOR
Keep floor space clear – hang up floating shelves, instead of shelving units, wall lights rather than floor lamps. Hang hooks on the wall for pictures and even plants! Love the cinema? Create one at home! Mounting your TV on the wall eliminates the need for bulky tv units.
USE THE SPACE
Don’t let space go to waste – use it! Spaces underneath tables or behind doors are perfect for storage, and keeping things items like magazines, books or media tidied away. If you can’t use the space for anything else, use it for storage.
BOLD ART DISPLAY
Wall space may be small, but that does not mean that you cannot fill them with pictures, like a mini gallery. Don’t be afraid to be bold. Hang your pictures from floor to ceiling, to trick the eye into thinking that your room is bigger.
Your space may be small – but it can be ideal for big creative ideas.