The space you live in can have a massive impact on your mood – as they say: clear space, clear mind!
And if you’ve only got a small space to work with, it can often be hard to achieve this. Whether you’re tackling a tiny living room, a box bedroom or even an office, don’t worry, we’ve got lots of tips on how to make big improvements on a small space:
1. Get rid
Make a decision to get rid of things that you don’t need anymore. Letting things go can be hard, and we’re all guilty of being emotionally attached to stuff that doesn’t really add any value to our lives. When deciding whether to keep it or chuck it, always think, “When was the last time I used this?” If the answer is “I can’t remember”, then get rid!
2. Everything in its place
Once you’ve got rid of what you don’t need, decide on where to keep the things you do. Give everything a home, whether that’s on a shelf, in a filing cabinet, in drawers or a box. Keeping everything in its place all the time can be tough, especially with kids around – but it’s just about getting into the habit of putting things back in a certain place – it’ll become second nature in no time!
3. Let there be light
Light can make a massive difference to how big a space feels. South-facing windows are the best for getting the most light in a room but if you don’t happen to have any windows that face south, there are tricks you can use to make a space feel lighter and airier. Use mirrors and other reflective surfaces to maximise the light, which will help give the illusion of space. Other than that, just make sure that there is nothing obscuring your windows that doesn’t need to be there and that your curtains are fully opened in the day.
Choosing lighter colours is a good decision in a small room. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use bold colours with your accessories and decorations, but keep the main colours of the walls and furniture light to give the impression of more space. It’s also best to avoid too many colour clashes and very busy prints as they themselves can give the impression of the room being cluttered.
5. Think up
Don’t forget to build your room up as well as out. What we mean by this is that you shouldn’t forget to hang mirrors and artwork higher up to make the most of the full height of your walls. This encourages people to see the whole room and not just focus on what is on the ground or at eye level.
You don’t have to move or spend loads of money to feel like you’ve got a new space to live in. By following these easy and inexpensive tips, you can transform your current room into a space that you really love.
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