After hours of working hard, weeks of not or limited partying, months of saving, and years of planning, you’ve finally made the sweetest investment of your life – a pad to call your own! Small, big, compact or spacious – you must be eagerly looking forward to make the most of the space and bring out the best it can offer. After all, home is where the heart is! Follow these 7 clever hacks to make your abode as spacious as possible without cramming or clustering it up.
This is a clever way of saving space yet creating ample storage spaces. Though we are used to designing shelves at a level where we can easily reach, having shelves mid-level towards the ceiling will force an onlooker to focus upwards, and hence create an illusion of space. The room will eventually look larger and spacious.
Monochrome colour palette
Choose a monochrome palette for your rooms in hues of light pink, powder blue, pristine white or pistachio green in shades of pearl and ivory. The chromatic continuity will make for an easy eye movement and create an illusion of space. Follow the same tip while choosing upholstery. Don’t contradict the monochrome palette of the walls with loud or stark contrast curtains, drapes and wallpapers. Maintain the visual continuity by choosing home linen and upholstery in similar patterns, making one area melt into another.
There’s every multipurpose furniture available that you need to live happily in the modern world – bed cum dining table, sofa cum kitchen cabinet, study desk cum coffee table and the like. Build drawers beneath your sofa set and save the walls from being sculpted to make shelves or dining chairs without backrests so that they can fit perfectly into the cavity beneath the table.
Why would you need to build shelves and racks if you have wide enough walls to turn them into shelves and racks? Avoid cramming the kitchen with shelves and build built-in storage spaces inside the walls if they allow.
Mirrors are the best trick-master when it comes to creating an optical illusion of expansive space. Simply create a feature wall (a wall that’s exclusively dedicated to a certain décor) and peg a mirror to it to instantly make the room look larger. You can also build up a collage of mirrors on the entrance wall or living room to create virtual space as well as add a bit of glam to the look of your décor! Strategic placement of mirrors in the bathroom will also open up enclosed spaces and make it look larger than it is in reality!
Adopt translucency over opacity while doing up the windows. Ditch the opaque, fabric curtains and drapes for neat, slick, translucent blinds and allow natural light to play along and liven up the mood of the room, yet maintain your privacy.
Doors take up precious inches when kept opened and block a chunk of the wall that you coloured so thoughtfully to create space illusion. Replace traditional doors with svelte separators and bring in fluidity of space especially if you’re lacking it. Separators are a great idea to separate the living room from the dining room or the dining room from the kitchen because they can hardly be used to separate bedrooms! Use sliding doors for bedrooms instead!
Optimise your space with the help of these clever space saving hacks for your home and create your very own slice of paradise amidst the madding crowd of urbanity! Alternatively, you can also hire professional and budget-friendly interior designers to create a space that reflects your own self.