Making Your Cosy Home Feel Like a Palace.
I’m a bit of an expert when it comes to making a small home feel like a mansion. Having lived in cosy places for a number of years, I feel like a know a thing or two when it comes to decorating. I have many a post breaking down each of the rooms in your home, with many more to come. However, I felt it would be appropriate to do a post that collectively rounded up the rooms in your home.
Just because you’re lacking in space, doesn’t mean you can’t create a gorgeous space to live in. Here are my top tips for making a small home feel like a mansion.
When it comes to making a small home feel like a mansion, you always start with the living room. My first tip is always to move the furniture from the walls. For one, having that gap behind the sofa will give the illusion of the room being bigger than it is. Also, the worse mistake that many people make is leaving a huge gap in the middle will actually make your room feel smaller.
The other thing to consider is not matching your furniture sets. Not only does it look more designer and elegant, but it will break up the blockiness that comes with furniture sets. If your sofa is very structural, consider investing in an armchair with legs and lines.
The most important thing to consider with a small kitchen is not to clutter your kitchen counters. It’s tempting to use as much space as you can, however, a little white space goes a long way. It allows the eyes to rest and for the room to appear bigger.
The next tip is to take advantage of your vertical square footage. Much like our kitchen which you would have seen on my Instagram feed, Our ceilings are actually quite high, so I took our storage as high up as possible. This was achieved by creating our built-in around our fridge. I’m also thinking of going one step further with our next makeover.
The bathroom can be a tricky one to decorate but not impossible. When you have a small powder bathroom, I love to go dark. I love to create a dark space, moody. An elegant, dramatic space to create a design moment in your home.
Other things you can do in your small bathroom is to go oversized. A large mirror will bounce light across the room, whilst hanging a large piece of art will create a moment and make the room feel bigger.
Our current primary bedroom is small (so much so, we’re looking to move to another room in our home for more room). When it comes to small bedrooms, it’s about maximising hidden storage areas, such as under the bed. It’s square-footage that usually goes unused, but it’s added so much extra space to our wardrobe for our bags and shoes.
Another thing to do is go for lighter, textured bedding. Not only is it so much better to sleep on, but the bed, and in turn, the room will feel bigger. When it comes to texture, go for linen. It’s so luxurious to sleep in, you’ll never turn back.
When it comes to your home office, its all about carving out your own space. For most small homes, this means having it within another room in your home, living room, kitchen or dining room. With these spaces, you’ll want to get organised with your home office, it’s the only way to stop it taking over the rest of your home. So invest in decorative storage boxes, aryclic paper holders. Keep it neat and tidy.
If you’re lucky enough to have an entire room for your home office, I go back to my advice in the kitchen of having white space. Whilst you’ll want to fill bookcases up with everything you’ve got, don’t forget to leave gaps for your eyes to rest and allow your room to feel larger than it is.