Small space tricks go a long way in making a small house feel huge. Most space tricks are simple and don’t require a great deal of time or effort. In most cases, the illusion is cast by a simple rearrangement of storage. Also, one key is to make double use of space. For example, an ottoman that doubles as a storage trunk or the use of walls for vertical storage space.
Smaller homes are gaining in popularity, as people want to lower their carbon footprint. A small home is certainly one way to accomplish this. Another reason for the rise in the popularity in small homes is most certainly cost. Young people can no longer afford the astronomical cost of buying a new home with lost of space, hence the rise in small home popularity.
1. Create A Focal Point
A focal point gives the eye something to be drawn toward. These wire racks in a small kitchen is a real attention getter. Plus, the focal point does double duty as a storage space for spices, kitchen sponges, and so much more.
2. Wrap Around Book Shelves
Wrap around book shelves are perfect for a small office space. These are built right into the wall, affording a great deal of space in the room. Counter space also abound in an office set up such as this. There is plenty of leg room and as you can see drawers are tucked away nicely below the counters.
3. Converted Office
This crib has been placed where an office desk used to sit. The built in shelves tuck away baby’s things neatly and efficiently. There is even room for a rocker or a comfy chair for mom or dad to comfort baby at night or during the day.
4. Hang Pots And Pans
Hanging pots and pans from the ceiling has become quite popular. Use a ceiling pot rack to get pots and pans out of cabinets and hanging from the ceiling. Also note the built in spice rack above the stove to free up counter or cabinet space.
5. Raised Bed Platform
This couple steals the show by using a raised bed platform in the set up of their home. The idea certainly makes use of otherwise wasted ceiling space.
6. Continuous Counter Tops
Space is created both above and below with a pattern of continuous counter tops. This office was created in an unused hallway.
7. Small Space Bathroom
This small space is really opened up with clean lines. The pedestal sink along with the floor to ceiling shower design instantly creates an open space.
8. Floor To Ceiling Curtains
Hanging curtains from floor to ceiling is a favorite small space trick for designers. This illusion makes the room seem taller and adds space to the mind’s eye.
9. Similar Color Palette
Varying hues of the same color incredibly enlarges a room. The use of furniture that does not exactly match in color, also draws the eye and makes the room seem larger.
10. Large Scale Prints
Large scale prints add to a room through acting as windows to another world. The effect is that of windows to the outside which help along the illusion of a larger room.
11. Hang A Hammock
Hang a hammock in a corner to create a cozy reading space. A hammock really hits the spot for relaxing and reading. Put it in an out of the way corner and enjoy.
12. Use Light Paint
Use light shades instead of darker hues to open up the room. The room will appear more luminous and full of light creating a space that seems larger than it really is.
13. Double The Functionality Of Furniture
This is my personal favorite. Use ottomans or a chest for a coffee table to make furniture do double duty.
14. Use Mirrors
The use of mirrors can enlarge any room. Put a floor mirror in the corner or create a focus wall with five or six different sized mirrors.
15. Deck Out The Ceilings
Add a sweet looking chandelier to draw the eye upwards in small spaces. Don’t forget to paint the ceiling in a lighter hue as well.