Small living spaces can pose a challenge to homeowners when they are trying to decide furniture placement within a room. While you want to make the most of your home’s available space, you also don’t want it to appear cluttered or crowded.
Fortunately, you can make the most of your small spaces using an area rug and these simple tips.
Built-in shelving is one of the easiest ways to maximize your available space. These investment pieces are ideal because they allow you to create storage and other solutions in an otherwise challenging space. If you’re constrained by your budget, this doesn’t have to be expensive – for example, consider an artful display of shelves to hold books, media, and more.
This is also a good time to consider furniture that serves different functions – for example, a sitting room can easily double as a guest room with the addition of a sofa bed.
One of the easiest ways to make a room appear more spacious is to let in natural light. Sunshine is a simple and effective way to create a feeling of openness. To achieve this with little effort, hang a mirror where it will reflect natural light from the window. It also works to create the optical illusion of more space.
If you want to make your small space appear larger, look to this surprising space: the floor. Adding an area rug that goes beyond your furniture perimeter actually creates the illusion of more space because it draws a visitor’s eyes to the outside of the room. They also serve different purposes in different rooms – for example, it adds visual texture to a sitting room, can function as a statement piece in a small bedroom or living area, or brightens up a patio.
You don’t have to settle for small. A few simple tricks can help you maximize space and turn it into a room you love.