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Home improvement tips to make the most of small spaces
A small space is no excuse for being cramped or cluttered
 
Published Thursday, August 7, 2014 7:15 am
by StatePoint

 

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Excessive gadgetry can easily overcrowd a small kitchen. Invest in appliances with multiple uses like the the Panasonic Genius NN-SD681S microwave (pictured), which has the ability to function like an oven and easily converts to a compact built in to free up counter space.

No matter where you live, you want to make the most of your available living and storage space.

This is especially true for the increasing number of residents living in urban areas, which typically have smaller living spaces. As of 2010, more than half of all people lived in an urban area, and by 2030 it is anticipated that six out of every 10 people will be living in a city, according to the World Health Organization.

But less space doesn’t mean that you have to go without, say experts.

“A few simple adjustments can help you maintain your comfort in a small home,” said Robin Wilson, celebrity interior designer with expertise in creating healthy spaces.

There are plenty of ways to “open up” your living spaces to create more room.

The Living room

Choose furniture that is appropriate for the space. For example, if you have a small living room, avoid sofas with skirts and select couches that are raised off the floor to create a more open look.

A large, strategically placed mirror can also help create the illusion that your living room is actually much larger than it is. The same goes for lack of clutter. Be sure to keep a small space organized with a daily once-over.

Storage

Living simple can go a long way toward making your home feel larger. Every season, go through your closet and toss aside items that are worn out, no longer fit or that are out of style.

Use creative storage solutions to make more space. For example, an ottoman that doubles as a trunk is a great place to store old photos and keepsakes. A bike rack that mounts to the wall can clear valuable floor space in your foyer. 

The Kitchen

The kitchen is often the heart of the home, particularly if you like entertaining or love cooking. However, excessive gadgetry can quickly overcrowd a kitchen.

 “If counter space is at a premium, consider highly functional appliances that have multiple uses,” said Wilson.

The Bathroom

Give the illusion of space by decorating with pale or pastel colors on the walls and floor. Avoid using bolder colors, except on towels and ornamental pieces

Throughout the Home

Ensure that you have lighting at floor, table and eye level to help limit shadows. Another trick is to use a tall lamp to draw eyes upwards and add height to the room.

A small home is no excuse for feeling cramped. With a few interior design strategies in place, you can make even the smallest space feel larger in size.

Comments

I have found that mirrors do lots to make confined spaces look larger than they are. Storage space is also important, utilizing space vertically and in wasted spaces like between joists and in bulkheads. Jeff Morgan - Home Improvement Ambassador http://www.moonworkshome.com/blog/
Posted on August 15, 2014
 

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