We often look at smaller homes as being at a disadvantage when it comes to decorating; with less free space available and more chance of the rooms looking a bit too cosy. However, by having limited room to fit in all your essentials whilst still wanting to maintain your style, you can actually save both time and money creating a home which will be functional throughout the years. When finding the furniture and accessories for your home, choosing only what you need is essential in a small home, but that doesn’t have to mean you miss out. There are many creative home décor techniques which can solve many problems in one; creating more room, looking stylish and adding a unique twist on the usual home designs.
Don’t Waste Your Walls
Shelving: From books to boxes, shelves are a popular home design choice for making your space more organised. If you have a smaller home, they are one of the main ways to free up room and ensure you don’t clutter up your home or use up valuable space. Standard shelving units from affordable retailers such as B&M and Argos, with prices from as little as £2.99, with cube shelves starting at £7.99. Get a pair of bookends to suit your room design for some simple stylish storage.
Decoration: Wall décor for the most part depends on your own personal tastes, however for smaller homes there are some key ways to ensure you get the most out of your walls. By painting them white with just one patterned or coloured wall, you can create the illusion of larger rooms as well as drawing in as much natural light as possible. With bulk buy offers on paint at many high street DIY stores such as Homebase and Wickes, where you can regularly get 2 for £20 deals on big paint tins. For rooms with high ceilings but a small surface area, vertical patterns are great at making the room seem brighter and drawing the eye to the largest part of the room.
Embrace the Smaller Space
Some people dream of living in a large house, but there are actually many benefits to not living in a mansion. Firstly, it is more cost effective as smaller furniture is often far cheaper, even when there is only a few inches in it. This not only means that you can save money without noticing a difference, but also that you have more cash left over to get something to really suit your home. For example at Bensons for Beds, you can buy a double Oregon support divan bed set for just £399 whereas a king size is £499, and when you buy with Discount Promo Codes you can get an extra £50 off with regular money off codes. This leaves at least £150 left over for high quality bedding, which will also be much more affordable than a king size.
On top of the initial money saving benefits, going for smaller home accessories can give you more space and money to decorate the rest of the room. When finding the rest of your furniture such as sofas, tables and wardrobes, try to invest in multifunctional furniture where possible. Not only does this save space and money, but it also helps your home look unique and reduces waste.
Take Advantage of Alcoves & Crevices
In many homes there are nooks and crannies that many of us don’t really use which can actually be very useful to us. Bedroom or living room alcoves can be used for a number of things from extra shelving to spaces for furniture such as beds and bookcases. Centring your room design around where your alcoves are gives you more freedom to arrange the rest of the room as you want and creates a more easily organised room shape. Making the most of alcoves can be used in any room in the house, with shower alcoves, mini bathroom storage spaces and bench seats being used as a way of using awkward spaces to your advantage.
Top 5 Tips for Small Home Décor
- Add Mirrors:Placing floor length mirrors behind furniture makes the room look larger, without making the mirror seem out of place. Especially if you add a light source e.g. a lamp.
- Have Light Coloured Curtains: Maximising light in your home is key to avoiding a cramped and crowded atmosphere. Get beige or cream curtains for brighter and airier rooms.
- Invest in Multifunctional Furniture: From sofa bed to stools with storage, get multi-purpose furniture. With a multi-functional range at Argos you can also save with online discounts.
- Go Bold with Colour: As well as having one coloured or patterned wall, make sure the colour choice is bold. Have most walls light coloured, and one or two bright or rich in colour.
- Accentuate Areas with Artwork: Any wall décor can be placed strategically to make your space look bigger. Put big pictures higher up on the wall to direct attention to high ceilings.
Having a smaller home sometimes means that you have to put more thought into the decoration of each room. However, if you utilise the spaces available to you and add the right things into your home, it can often look even better than many homes of average or larger size. Creative home designs such as using alcoves as seats, adding quirky shelving and investing in multifunctional furniture can not only free up limited space but also make your home more unique and practical. Whether your home is large or small, home décor to suit your personal tastes and practical needs is essential, and there’s no reason why redecorating shouldn’t be a fun, creative and affordable experience.