Saturday, July 24, 2021 / by Natasha Salter
Like millions of others, I am obsessed with tiny houses. Not to live in, but to watch others live in. Honestly, I do love the idea of a tiny home, but I also love space. So although tiny living isn't for me, I am simply amazed by some of the uses of space I have seen in them. And the best part is that a lot of the ideas can actually be used in any size house. I have compiled a few of my favorites..Enjoy!
- Create the illusion of more space. There are a few things you can do that don't actually change the footprint of your space or give you any extra. What they do is just change the feel and play tricks on your eyes. For instance, strategically place mirrors and use reflective materials. Decorate with lighter colors. You can also add floor to ceiling drapes. This dramatic look makes the room feel larger.
2. Go vertical! Use your wall space. I love floating shelves. Dependent on the material they can be incorporated into any decorating style. They can be used for storing essentials, like spices and dishes, or displaying family photos and books. Having open shelves rather than closed cabinets can really open a room up. And don't think that you have to have expensive or even matching dishware to do this. Some of the best looks are the more eclectic mish mash of items strategically placed. Remember this is your home and should reflect your personality.
Wall space doesn't just have to be for storage. Affix a small table top with a hinge to the wall and create a fold down desk. This is especially useful in kids' rooms, which tend to be smaller. Having a table that can be let down when necessary and put away when extra play space is needed...genius!
3. Use the nooks and crannies. If your house is like mine, you have odd areas that seem to serve no purpose. This is where you can really get creative. Recessed sections of your wall can instantly become a reading nook. Simply add a couple of ottomans or fluffy pillows. You can also turn these areas into an herb garden or living wall. Attach small pots directly to the wall or use floating shelves. The right seating and shelves can make an area into whatever you like. And for the more adventurous parents, give it to the kids!! Use chalkboard paint, cork tiles or white boards to create an art wall for your mini Picasso.
Peace, Love and Real Estate