It doesn’t matter if you have a villa by the sea or a one-bedroom apartment: No house has enough space. We always find ways to fill it out, and everyone is looking for ways to maximize the space in their home.
Besides, each room has its trick to appear as spacious and comfortable as possible, and the functionality needs of each area are different. That’s why in this article we’re giving you tricks for each of the spaces in your house, so that there’s no place that feels too cluttered. You want to know more? Keep reading.
The lobby is the point of entry and exit of the house. It’s the place that gives the first impression to the guests, and the last place you step on when you leave. Therefore, it’s very important that it is very well organized, and that it has free space to maneuver. No one likes to contort to put on or take off their coat, or turn an exit with suitcases into an obstacle course.
We recommend putting on clothes hangers, hooks for hanging keys and floating shelves mounted on the wall, which can be used add decorative objects or leave there anything you don’t want to forget upon leaving the home.
If you have children, it’s a good idea to place benches so that they can leave their backpacks on top, and the shoes under them, and also use them to prepare and put on their shoes in the morning.
Living room and dining room
Common spaces, such as the living room and dining room, are usually the ones that get the most traffic in the house and therefore the most difficult to keep tidy. If your living room and dining room are also relatively small spaces, that means you have to plan everything in detail.
Painting the walls white and adding mirrors are two simple changes that add a lot of spaciousness and luminosity to any room, and work especially well for the living room.
Furniture should be chosen very carefully; again, floating shelves can help, as well as dual-function furniture. Ottoman chairs, which have storage space inside, tables with drawers or shelves, or sofa beds, can double the functionality of your living room.
The kitchen should be a place where one can move comfortably, regardless of size. Although all areas of the house should be carefully planned to maximize space, in the kitchen this is twice as important, since without a good layout it will be very difficult to use.
Vertical storage, in the form of cabinets and shelves, is very important, but beware; too many cabinets can make the kitchen look a bit claustrophobic. Small changes, such as changing opaque wooden doors to glass doors, can make the kitchen look much bigger.
Finally, in terms of decoration, we recommend that everything in the kitchen has a function. All decorative elements must be visually appealing, but they must also have some utility, such as storing spices or cooking utensils.
Before decorating the bathroom to maximize your space, consider its functionality. Is there a makeup fan at home? Do you have small children or teenagers? Do you prefer to store towels here or in the bedroom? Where do you keep the medicines?
From there, you can consider the type of storage you need, as well as the decoration and the essential elements. For example, you can add, in a corner, two folding boxes to put white and colour dirty laundry.
We recommend a glass screen for the shower or bathtub, instead of a curtain, which in addition to making the bathroom look much bigger will make the water spill out much less. Similarly, try to make your mirrors as large as possible, and add open shelves where you can; you can even put a metal shelf inside the shower to put soap, sponges, etc.
The decoration of the bedrooms depends a lot on who occupies them. The bedroom should be the most personal place in the house, designed for comfort and tranquillity, and that is why the goal is to avoid being very disorganized while maintaining the proper touch.
If you want a work space, it’s best to put a table in the corner, since it converts a part of the bedroom that isn’t normally used in a separate area that encourages concentration.
Like the living room, furniture with more than one functionality helps keep things tidy. A bed with storage space underneath can be used to store winter or summer clothes, and a bedside table with drawers can be used to store underwear.
Even the bedroom door can become, with the necessary accessories, a place to put a shelf to store small items.