Good Things Come in Small Packages
Small-space decorating can be a challenge, but living in an apartment, condo, or small home will help you make the most of the square footage you have. Learn how to maximize a small space with these projects, tips, and tricks, that can be used in small spaces. Maximizing storage and arranging furniture to meet your specific needs is only part of the equation.
Use floating shelves to show off a collection of decorative objects and mementos. Stagger the shelves for a unique look. Basic shelves serve as a strong basis for rotating displays. They will go with almost anything, which means you can change the look of the vignette, leaving the shelves in place and avoid making any more holes in your walls.
Embrace open storage. Employ an industrial metal shelving unit as extra kitchen storage if your kitchen storage options are less than generous. The cool finish of this unit recalls metal touches that are standard in kitchens. Use baskets to corral kitchen staples, and incorporate a few decorative touches to keep it fun.
Create an entry with a designated bookcase. Remove the top shelves and install hooks on the back wall of the bookcase for hanging coats. Add more hooks to the sides of the case for hanging leashes or umbrellas. Outfit the bottom shelves with baskets and small drawers for storing mittens, sunglasses, and other out-the-door essentials. Add a memo bar from an office supply store to the top of the bookcase as a place to organize reminders.
In any small space, using mirrors is a decorating trick that works wonders. They reflect light and make a space feel bigger. Hang a large mirror in the dining space, living room, or bedroom across from a window, so it is in a prime position to receive natural light and reflect it back into the room.
Picture your home’s living space without any furniture to help you think beyond your current furniture arrangement. Decide if the room is large enough to divide up in to zones that will make the space more functional. Then get creative with how you start to arrange furniture. It might make the most sense to “float” the sofa in the middle of the room and place your TV on the wall facing it. You can then use the space on the other side of the sofa for an office or dining area. Place a console behind the couch to use for storage to serve both zones.
A home with small space can be organized and efficient. Find ways to accommodate your needs. Many small homes actually have more space because of the arrangement of furniture and storage created with creative thinking.
Source: “24 Ideas to Steal for Your Home.” Better Homes and Gardens. Web. 11 Nov. 2012.
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