This week, we have another special guest blog post from our new friend, Krista Harper.
Between the rising costs of home-ownership and the environmental impact that comes along with maintaining a larger home, many Canadian's are simply choosing to live small. It can be a liberating experience to downsize - to utilize every inch of a smaller space and scale back the things we consider 'imperative' in our day to day. But it can also be a tricky balancing act if you are accustomed to living in a bigger home or your possessions have slowly started to outgrow the space you have.
No matter where you live, there are plenty of great tricks for making your space flow - Krista's article below shares some of these tips to make any space feel lighter and brighter!
Grab a cup of tea and get inspired! Thanks, Krista!
No matter if your home is big or small, the end goal is to always have it looking its best - for family, friends, and other visitors to feel comfortable and welcomed, and for the space to feel like home.
Sometimes living in an apartments or condo can start to feel cramped - figuring out the best storage solutions and optimal layout to utilize the limited space you have can be tricky. But the great news is that there are plenty of tips and tricks to help not only give the appearance of more space, but actually help free-up some of your underutilized spaces. Below are a few of our favorites:
Organization is the Key
Clutter and disorganization will make any space feel crowded, regardless of size - items scattered across counter tops, furniture taking up too much room, or disorganized storage systems, all conspired to make a small dwelling feel even smaller. To make your smaller space feel lighter, purging and organizing is always the very first step.
Utilize Hidden Storage Areas
Hidden or clever storage areas are key when tackling small spaces. Small storage bins, added shelves in pantry's or behind cabinet doors, pullout storage under the bed or couch, or utilizing vertical wall space are just some of the unconventional ways to get things tidied up and out of sight. Ridding your space of visual clutter is the simplest way to make your home look bigger while giving you more room to work with.
This may surprise most people, but when it comes to small spaces, a few larger statements pieces often work better than several smaller ones. Picking a neutral colour pallet that blends with the apartment, rather than standing out against it, will also help your living area appear more spacious and is visually calming.
This is one of the most reliable tricks in the book. Anyone who is familiar with the house of mirrors from amusement parks or carnivals certainly knows that mirrors can work to create an impressive visual effects. A few strategically placed mirrors throughout your space can easily and affordably make a space look bigger and brighter.
If you need help getting your small space organized to perfection, Contact Room to Breathe today to schedule a FREE in home consultation - We LOVE to help and can get your space organized and functioning in much less time than you may think!
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Krista Harper is a freelance writer in Southern California. She regularly covers lifestyle, interior design, and sleep topics and has a passion for helping people create balance in their lives.