The desire to refresh your living space may emerge, ever so often, especially when your space feels dated or dysfunctional. Some people may get deflated assuming that making a change requires too much time, effort and money. However, that’s simply not true. A few well placed adjustments and design touches can transform any space into a place you can easily fall in love with!
Every homeowner should be conscious of what he or she chooses to keep and make organisation a must-do throughout the year. With that in mind, here are ten space saving solutions that can be utilised in any home.
A home that is over-stuffed with items that are unnecessary will look smaller no matter how spacious a room may be. A cluttered room will be far worse in a tighter floor plan and make the home seem too small for your needs. In fact, research suggests that clutter increases anxiety, stress and depression. Therefore, it is imperative that you make every effort to keep your space clutter free.
A great place to start are your surfaces. For example countertops, dining tables and dressers should be kept clear of items that, instead, belong in drawers or other storage containers. Consider alternative arrangements for items you may cherish but simply do not have the space for. Finally, make it a natural part of your regular routine to purge your home of items you no longer need.
Most homes will have a television, and luckily most models will be flat screen and less likely to overwhelm your decor. However, your TV may be on a stand which will inhabit some real estate in your room that could be better used for something else. To make more space, simply mount your TV and get rid of your TV unit or stand. Especially if its only purpose is to house your TV.
One great way to save space is to add storage solutions that serve dual purposes. For example a seating area with nifty hidden storage allows you to provide seating for your guests while giving you extra space to store your collectibles.
Big bold colours can be great in almost any room. But a smaller room will fare better with colours that are light and airy. If however, you want your space to have a bit of personality through your wall colour, instead of painting the entire room a rich deep shade, consider instead an accent wall to highlight a bolder hue.
Your wall space is a great area for showcasing your photos and art. But it can also be the perfect place to mount a floating bookcase, an adjustable writing table, a kitchen rail and more.
There is nothing like having access to the items you need just above your toilet. It gives you the convenience of having the things you want right there in your bathroom and helps reduce clutter.
When considering window treatments, try to avoid very heavy drapery especially those with darker hues. Keep your window treatments as light as possible and ensure that they are easily adjusted for maximising the amount of light that enters the space.
A great way to make any home feel larger is with the addition of strategically placed mirrors. Mirrors will allow more light to be reflected into the room and give the impression of more space.
Making a room multifunctional allows you to get the most out of your space without having to give up doing some of the things you may love to do in your own home. If you are someone that likes to write, ensure your bedroom or other area within the home is arranged to fit a writing desk. If you like exercising there is no reason you cannot make space for your exercising mats, weights and a modestly sized exercise machine within a bedroom or other living area. Ensure you experiment with positioning these items to arrive at the most harmonious configuration for your space.
A substantial area rug will make any space seem larger. Ensure that the rug fits seamlessly under your coffee table, your couch legs and other furniture that is within its range.
Even if your home is not a sprawling mansion there is no reason you cannot enjoy its inner charm. With proper planning and incorporating the best space saving techniques you can make any home an idyllic retreat.
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