Simple Interior Design Tips That Will Help You Maximise Space
Making the most out of your space at home can be a challenge, especially when you consider that the average UK home is about 44% smaller than 100 years ago! I know all about that, being in a new build where we’re all crammed in together! So, when planning interior design I always think about furniture and fixtures that will complement the existing space. In ‘What is Timeless Style in Décor?’
I suggested considering simple and functional elements for your home. Apart from being timeless, they will also help you maximise your space. How about a few more ideas to help you maximise all the space at your disposal…
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Boiler tanks take up a lot of space in your home and can cost you more to run than newer, space-saving combi boilers. A guide on boilers by BuildIt explains how compact combi boilers are ideal for houses with very little space. Additionally, if you have a boiler that is more than 10 years old, think about replacing it with a new comb boiler, which could save you a significant amount of money on your energy bills. HomeServe recommend that homeowners find a suitable new boiler for their home if their old model is inefficient. They also stress that it is important to get a professional to fit it, so it won’t cause any problems later down the line. Combi boilers are a great solution for flats or bungalows and take up the same amount of room as a kitchen cabinet, to help you maximise every inch of space.
Be creative when considering the best use of existing space, like tall cabinets and floor to ceiling storage solutions that incorporate multiple levels of shelving upwards. This is particularly relevant for small kitchens where space is very valuable. Rencraft note that most kitchens have nooks and crannies that can be used for additional storage. These are perfect for floor to ceiling cabinets to be used as a pantry. The spaces above your fridge and kitchen cupboards are also often underutilised, so think about creating sections to store seldom-used kitchen appliances to help you maximise space by decluttering.
When positioned in the right place mirrors can make your small space feel brighter and bigger. The way mirrors reflect and repeat the space in front also adds depth to create a bigger and more spacious room. Floor to ceiling mirrors are perfect for opening up small spaces as they create the illusion of double the space and behind our sofa we actually stuck individual square tiles to the wall to save buying a really expensive big one. Mirrors really add light to a room and make spaces look brighter. Think about placing a mirror strategically to act as a centrepiece to deflect sight lines from cluttered areas, or opposite a window to make the most of the reflections to naturally brighten a dark room.
Scale Down Your Furniture
A large sofa in a small space can eat up a lot of space and make your home seem even smaller. Additionally, any property with a narrow doorway might not even be able to fit large pieces such as a bed, wall unit or sofa through it. Professional designer Cornelia de Ruiter describes how sofas are one of the largest pieces of furniture in any home, so it’s best to think carefully about the style you’re aiming for. If your home is an open-plan layout or you live in a modern flat or studio, another way to maximise space is to invest in a sofa that doubles up as a bed like in our family room (it’s great for big family gatherings like Christmas in our house!). This kind of multi-functional design can extend to your dining area as well, where a folding table will have a minimal footprint, yet it will also be able to expand to provide extra seating when guests come over.
I hope you’ve found these simple interior tips that will help you maximise your space useful.
Until next time,