Cosy Not Cramped: How To Make The Most Of A Small Space
For a lot of people, the dream is to live in a big house with lots of space. But let’s be totally honest, that’s not necessarily going to be possible for everyone. A lot of us simply don’t have the budget for a giant house and anyway, a lot of people would rather live somewhere a little more modest. However, that doesn’t mean that people want to live in cramped, uncomfortable spaces where they barely have the room to move around. So how can you balance these two things? How can you make small space feel cozy without feeling cramped? Well, as difficult as that might sound, it’s actually a lot easier than you might expect. Here are just a few incredibly simple things that you can do in order to make the most of a small space.
Get creative with your storage
One of the biggest issues that a lot of people run into when they’re living in a small space is the idea of “what am I going to do with all of my stuff?” This is a pretty valid question since even someone without many luxuries has a lot of things that they need to store. Clothes are often one of the biggest issues because, if you’re living somewhere like a studio apartment, then a closet is going to dominate the space pretty aggressively. Something like a wire shelving closet can not only feel less imposing but can also work to turn your clothes into another aspect of the room’s decor. Similarly, things like floating bookshelves allow you to take advantage of space in a room that would otherwise go to waste.
Use as much light as possible
One of the most powerful, yet underused, things in terms of interior design is light. Light can make more difference to a room than you could ever imagine but it’s often more based on how a room “feels” than anything concrete, which is why it’s often ignored. Bringing in a much light as possible into any space can make it feel bigger and more open while a lack of light can leave even the most comfortable space to feel cramped and unpleasant. Natural light is, of course, the very best but there are plenty of other ways to use light creatively to make a room feel bigger.
Even in a relatively large space, one thing that almost always leaves a room feeling small and cramped is clutter. If your home is full of junk, then it’s always going to feel more uncomfortable. When you’re living in a small space, this is amplified many times over. One of the best ways around this is to embrace a more minimalist style of living. Clear out everything that you don’t really need, as well as whatever you truly can’t bear to part with. You’ll be amazed how many things you realize that you don’t actually want or need in your home. That way you’ll not only have created more space, but it gives you the opportunity for a serious spring clean as well.