Manhattan Micro-Loft:  Corridor & hallway by Specht Architects

12 life-improving ideas for small homes!

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Small houses don't have to be lacking in style. In fact, we think it's smaller homes that often get more creative and imaginative and should be looked to more often for interior inspiration. That's what we're doing today, in a bid to give you some handy hints as to how you can get the most out of your petite property.

We've found some great examples of small rooms, from kitchens through to home offices, and are confident that by the end of this article you'll be motivated enough to grab some paintbrushes and make like a professional decorator.

Are you ready to open up your small home? Then let's get started!

1. Keep the exterior pretty, tidy and in great condition

House conversion from flats:  Houses by Corebuild

House conversion from flats


To give a great first impression!

2. Open up dead space to create storage potential

Manhattan Micro-Loft:  Corridor & hallway by Specht Architects
Specht Architects

Manhattan Micro-Loft

Specht Architects

Under the stairs is a prime spot.

3. Keep your furniture small but your patterns big and bold

You don't have to be minimalist just because you have small dimensions.

4. Try to install your kitchen with symmetry in mind

Loft Conversion, Sheen SW14:  Kitchen by TOTUS

Loft Conversion, Sheen SW14


This tricks the eye into thinking your space is bigger and less cramped than it is. White is a good way to keep it feeling large!

5. Add a small dining table to your kitchen

This will help prevent taking up an entire room just for eating. Don't forget to add fun colour accents!

6. Choose a theme for your small bedroom

Small bedrooms can be great if you think of a theme you like and really go for it. This rustic style looks amazing and perfectly hides the proportions of the room.

7. Turn a box room into a walk-in wardrobe

If you have a terrace house that has a box room, use it as a walk-in wardrobe to save taking up valuable bedroom space. You only need some built-in shelves and a rail and you're done!

8. Use bunk beds

Children's Bedroom :  Nursery/kid’s room by Studio Duggan
Studio Duggan

Children's Bedroom

Studio Duggan

For shared kids' rooms, bunk beds are a great alternative to singles and take up way less space. Your children will think they're super cool!

9. Bold wallpaper loves a tiny bathroom

The Broadway, SW19 - Extension & Bathroom Renovation:  Bathroom by Grand Design London Ltd
Grand Design London Ltd

The Broadway, SW19—Extension & Bathroom Renovation

Grand Design London Ltd

Tiny bathrooms make great recipients for bold wallpaper designs. Just look at how amazing this space is and what a shock it must be to open the door and find it.

10. Make every inch work for you

Any unused corner or awkward wall space can be turned into a home office with a bespoke desk and a comfortable chair.

11. Use it, don't lose it

An Extraordinary Garage Makever with wall cabinets and bike storage:  Garage/shed by Garageflex

An Extraordinary Garage Makever with wall cabinets and bike storage


If you have a garage, take the time to add some clever storage or it will quickly get overrun with rubbish and become unusable. You could even have a utility corner to free up some kitchen space.

12. The great outdoors

The tiniest of patios or balconies can become valuable outdoor space with a little bistro table set and some lights.

For more small home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 25 Small Home Decorating Disasters You MUST Avoid!

Is your small home crying out for an injection of style?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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