Renovating and expanding the family home is a great way to generate more space for your growing wants and needs, but it is not an option that meets every budget right now.
There are ways you can improve the design and functionality of your home, though, without the need for building entire new rooms onto your property.
With the right design tips and a little bit of creativity, you can make any space from the bedroom to the kitchen appear larger and have more purpose than before.
Here are some tips to get the most out of the space in your home.
1. Get hooked on kitchen storage
If your kitchen is lacking cupboard space and you have precious little room to store condiments and utensils, look to the walls for salvation. Hanging hooks can be used to bring implements for cooking onto the wall which create a nice look for the kitchen. Hanging spice racks also add to the overall appeal and provide valuable storage space as well.
2. Get reflective
Mirrors can be stylish additions to the walls (and even ceilings) that take up little space but trick the human eye into thinking a space is larger than it actually is. By positioning these mirrors in darker parts of the room you can improve lightning as well.
3. Improve the storage in your bathroom
Short of a total renovation, there is little that can be done to make a small bathroom larger. But you can use a few tips to improve on the limited space you may have available. There is a range of storage solutions that can free up the room. Hanging shoe holders can be used to great effect to store makeup, beauty products, grooming devices and other bathroom items that can be otherwise spread across the sink. Also, do you have space under the sink? Wicker cube baskets can be a cute addition that also provides a practical place to store things like fresh towels.
4. Invest in multi-function furniture
Do you really need a futon AND a storage box in that room? What about a coffee table and a bookshelf? Often there are furniture options that are stylish and meet multiple needs, like a futon with a storage box built into it or a coffee table with slots to store books.
5. Lift those feature pieces higher and higher
Ideally, you want your hero pieces like family portraits and paintings to be hung as close to eye level as possible. At this height, it tricks the mind into thinking the space is larger than it is. If the room is small, use taller furniture like beds and tables with longer legs to create the illusion of a larger space.
Looking for advice on getting your home project started? At Urban Design Solutions we are all about you and our building designers are happy to sit down and chat about how we can help breathe new life into your home through creative architecture.