In today’s world, small living spaces are becoming the norm. There are various reasons why this is happening, and despite being a factor, affordability is not the only driving force behind this shift. People are starting to value things differently, and having a big house is not on everyone’s priority list. Some of the benefits of smaller homes are that they are easier to maintain, lessen the lure to accumulate, free a lot of time from your day, and have a minor environmental impact. Despite having loads of advantages, there is one crucial thing one needs to keep in mind when going for a smaller place, making it work for you.
Once you get those keys, it’s very easy to get carried away and power by turning your house into a home, but if this step is rushed, it can lead to subpar living quality, especially with smaller spaces. There are many things one can do to make a small space work, and we will get into some of these aspects later on, but the first thing you should do is take a step back and really understand what your needs are now and your needs going forward. Once you have drawn a game plan of your goals for this place, it’s time to get to the action.
By this point, you are probably tired of hearing the word minimal, and we can’t blame you, honestly, but it got popular for a reason. Here the suggestion is not to take a very clinical clean approach but to make intelligent choices on what goes in and what doesn’t. A minimal system does very well because it strips interiors of unwanted or unusable furniture. We all saw living rooms in Malta in the 80s and 90s with plastic covers that people never used and that odd chair in the corridor.
That is a thing of the past. Opt for functional furniture that is essential. It will make your apartment look cleaner and more sophisticated, and it will also make the space look bigger by reducing clutter. When it comes to furniture pieces, some things to keep in mind are storage, how well they fit the space and modularity. Storage is critical, and especially in smaller spaces, you need to ensure you take advantage of every space possible. Some more straightforward options include under the bed and sofa storage, but it doesn’t stop there. Another important aspect is how well the furniture fits the place, which is key.
As mentioned earlier, it’s easy to get carried away and put together the first few pieces that cross your path but opting for bespoke furniture can have a massive impact on both your lifestyle and the visual impact. Meaning and purpose are thrown quite a lot into conversation these days, which should also be applied to furniture. When a place is done using bespoke furnishings, the result is simply stunning. Other little wins in small spaces include things like keeping furniture low. The last thing you need is blocking light, so for example, when buying a sofa, opt for one with a slightly lower back to help the flow of natural lighting. Having transparent furnishings such as glass coffee tables can make the place look less clunky and again help with light flow.
Colour schemes are essential too. Taking a soft approach will help the room look bigger and reflect more light. Speaking of reflection, using floor to ceiling mirrors as design features within a space can amplify the area. These are only a few things, there are so many more ideas, but this is enough to get you started. One last piece of advice is to make it your own, it’s easy to go on Pinterest and get carried away with thousands of ideas, but the critical thing is to call it your own home.