DIY Friday: Small space living tips

Small space living has become a reality for many living in the City of Toronto.  When you’re short on space, its key to remember that organization and ingenuity are essential. Similar to the way a large space can be arranged to seem more intimate and cozy, a small space can be designed to be both functional and seem more spacious. It’s easy to do – you just have to be creative in the layout of your furniture and the use of paint and lighting.  Here are some simple tips for small space living.

DIY Friday: Small space living tips

  1. Use lighter shades  Light and airy colours such as cream, white, light blue, pale green, and yellow can help make a small room appear larger.  Avoid dark colours as they tend to make spaces seem smaller.
  2. Eliminate obstructions The farther you can see through a space, the larger and more open it will seem. Eliminate clutter and avoid over-decorating with too many trinkets and wall hangings. Arrange furnishings to open floor space and avoid blocking views of windows and doors.
  3. Get the reflection You can also add the illusion of space with mirrors. In addition to strategically positioned wall-mounted mirrors, consider setting an oversized mirror on the floor and leaning it against a wall.
  4. Make it bright Uncovering windows and adding additional light fixtures can eliminate dark shadows. Open up a space by hanging track lighting to accentuate art, or add bookshelf lights to highlight a cabinet. You’ll find a variety of lighting fixture designs available, so your options are almost limitless.
  5. Optimize your space   For efficient small space living, consider these tips and remember to keep the space in mind. By utilizing multipurpose items such as futons, compact kitchen sets and storage trunks, what was once a small and cramped space will seem larger, more organized and more inviting.

If you’re looking for additional inspiration for small space living check out Apartment Therapy, they have some great ideas and solutions.

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