Loft:   by GK Architects Ltd

18 sneaky ways to not waste an inch in your small home

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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If you have a small home, getting as much bang for your buck becomes a real priority. This is why we've carefully studied small home design projects, to identify what interior designers have done in order to free up as much space as possible. 

The best news is that we're going to share all of our findings with you! Read on if you having a little living room or a bijou boudoir, as we have some fantastic tips for getting more out of them…

1. Embrace a beige colour scheme to keep your space feeling light, big and airy

2. Use mirrors to create a feeling of increased space

Mirror:  Walls by Madame Ant

3. Don't use heavy drapes as they'll keep the light out. Opt for blinds instead, which will make the room feel far larger

Cafe Style Shutters for Bay Windows:  Windows & doors  by Plantation Shutters Ltd
Plantation Shutters Ltd

Cafe Style Shutters for Bay Windows

Plantation Shutters Ltd

4. Get storage savvy and look for solutions that won't swallow up too much room

5. Make more of a feature of the height of your home with painted beams or a feature ceiling

A cottage of two halves: country Bedroom by Forest Eyes Photography
Forest Eyes Photography

A cottage of two halves

Forest Eyes Photography

6. Floor-to-ceiling shelves won't stick out into the room, but will offer all the storage you could need and prevent clutter

7. Repurpose any outdoor space as an extra room. A terrace is a great dining room, or bar!

Coeur D'Alene Residence:  Terrace by Uptic Studios
Uptic Studios

Coeur D'Alene Residence

Uptic Studios

8. Embrace open plan living and remove any walls you can. The space will feel much bigger

Open Plan Lounge: modern Living room by Collective Works
Collective Works

Open Plan Lounge

Collective Works

9. Don't neglect all that precious under-stairs storage potential!

10. Add a mezzanine floor if that's an option. What a way to get an extra bedroom!

minimalistic Living room by Preetham  Interior Designer
Preetham  Interior Designer

Minimalistic Interior spaces ---Living room interiors

Preetham Interior Designer

11. Replace solid walls with glazed panels to keep the light flowing and the space feeling bigger

12. Sliding doors are a great alternative to solid walls and offer a more flowing layout

13. Curtains are another fantastic alternative to solid room divides. Perfect for when you need a functionality split but don't want an opaque blockade

 Windows & doors  by Bilderwelten
Bilderwelten

Design Schiebegardinen | Schiebevorhänge | textile Raumtrenner

Bilderwelten

14. Open fronted shelves offer a more relaxed and approachable storage solution in a small kitchen

15. Wherever possible, make natural light a real feature in your home as it simply expands the space before your eyes

16. Room divides can be multifunctional. This screen/bookcase is perfect for a smaller property as you get storage without sacrificing any extra room

17. Low furniture is great for small homes as you can trick the eye into being focused on the height of a room instead of the small square meterage

18. Get clever with your necessary furniture. Beds with integrated storage are sneaky, subtle and perfect for homes that are short on space

'Adam' wooden bed with storage by Mobilstella: modern Bedroom by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Adam' wooden bed with storage by Mobilstella

My Italian Living

For more small home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Achieving BIG Style In Your Small Home.

Which of these ideas could help you make more of your home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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