With property prices in the capital at an all-time high, many UK buyers will have to get use to living in smaller properties. In fact, according to a study by the University of Cambridge, the UK has the smallest homes by floor space area of any European country. The average new build property covered just 76sq metres compared with almost double that amount of 137sq metres in Denmark.
Choosing the Right Colour Palette
Choosing an appropriate colour palette is one of the most important steps in making a room feel larger. A slightly off-white is the best colour for smaller spaces, though you can use other cooler tones like blues and greens if you want to add more character to a room. Try to avoid greys and heavier, chalky colours as these have a tendency to absorb light and make a room appear smaller than it really is. You also use contrasting colours to play a few tricks on the mind. For instance, using a darker colour on the floor compared to a much lighter shade on the ceiling will give the illusion of space, as the floor space appears to extend out.
Encouraging Natural Light
Similarly, natural light plays a huge role in how a room feels. Darker rooms can feel claustrophobic while a similar sized room that encourages natural light will feel larger in comparison. Start by removing any furniture that’s blocking off valuable light sources. If you can have unutilised wall space, take a look here for creative ways you can install new windows into small rooms. You should also consider using reflective surfaces, like mirrors, to bounce more of this light around the room. While large mirrors will work best here, if you don’t have the space you can instead group several smaller mirrors together.
Finding the Right Furniture
Finally, if you really want to make the most of your property, you’ll need to spend time finding the right furniture. Larger pieces will appear smaller if they’re the same colour as the walls. Plan out your design ahead of time or use furnishings that you can paint to match new ideas. Next, look for pieces that can perform multiple roles. Many sofas and chairs can double up as storage compartments, while a chest can also serve as a coffee table. Likewise, consider expanding or folding dining tables which can easily be removed from sight when you aren’t using them.
Just because a property is smaller than you anticipated doesn’t mean it can’t become your dream home with a little well-thought out planning. Don’t forget to take a look at how you can make the most of the space you have outside by becoming a compact gardener too.