One of the hardest parts about living in a small home, condo or apartment is the lack of ways to decorate without taking up valuable space. Most people who reside in these smaller homes simply live with the notion that they cannot have a beautifully decorated home and have the storage space they need. The truth is that you definitely can have the best of both worlds, the trick is knowing how to do both, and here are some tips to helping you achieve both.
Utilizing and creating storage space
Traditional storage methods such as bookshelves and cabinets used in larger homes don’t work in smaller homes, but that does not mean you should give up on the idea of shelving and cabinets. Listotic suggests that the vertical space above furniture is the perfect place for built in shelving that hangs from the ceiling and leaves wall space to hang pictures and lighting, giving you both storage space and room to decorate. Furniture can take up a lot of room, so consider condensing furniture to create more space by using a console table as a dining room table. Another way to create storage space is by installing small closets in between studs to contain cleaning products, linens and anything else that you have a hard time storing elsewhere.
Tricks for decorating without cluttering
Corners are great places for shelving because you can use both sides of the wall for shelves and ultimately create double the décor space without cluttering up the walls. If you are working with small bedrooms and bathrooms, avoid taking up wall space and creating a cluttered feel by installing coat or towel racks on the back of the doors. Furniture takes up a lot of space, and can make a room feel cluttered, so consider using shelves as nightstands that take up less room and still allow you to keep books and lighting close by. If you do not have room for towel racks or dressers, or even shelving for décor, consider installing shelves above the door to hold towels, décor, clothing and other items.
Giving the illusion of space
If living in a small space is not ideal for you, give the illusion of a larger space by strategically placing large mirrors above the mantle or sofa to make the room seem bigger. Instead of using a dresser, consider using bins that can easily slide under the bed in order to open up the room. Turn space under the stairs into storage space or even just a nook for more seating. Lastly, place dressers inside closets if possible to give more space in the bedrooms. These tips and other tricks, living in a small home might not be so bad. You just need to know how to utilize the space you do have.
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