Because of the high cost of housing, particularly in big cities, many of us are forced to live in smaller spaces than we would like. That’s why we talk a lot about how to make the most of your living space. While most people enjoy learning about and sharing small-space living solutions, it’s important to recognize the many (often overlooked) benefits that come with living in small quarters.
Continue reading to find out why small spaces are the best spaces if you want to fall in love with your small room all over again.
They’re Extremely Cozy
You might think of “cozy” as a euphemism for “cramped” used by sneaky realtors, but living in a small space has genuine advantages when it comes to making it cozy.
It’s much easier to focus on making your environment just right when you don’t have a lot of space to fill and manage. Small, inexpensive decor pieces, such as candles, throw pillows, and a petite two-seater sofa, will have a more significant impact on your overall ambiance than they would in a larger space. Making it incredibly easy to achieve the exact atmosphere you want. It’s also a lot easier to change things up once you’re ready.
When you live in a small space, there’s less room for the extra “stuff” that has a habit of accumulating in your area, even if you don’t need, like, or use it.
Things that are no longer useful to you stand out more. This makes it easier to clear out clutter, organize your space, and surround yourself with only what you find useful or valuable. In addition, it makes day-to-day living and all associated activities much more efficient when you aren’t constantly looking for what you need.
Less Expensive to Decorate
Making a considerable area look warm, comfortable, and inviting can cost tens of thousands of dollars in furniture and decor.
Decorating (and redecorating) small spaces, on the other hand, is much easier and less expensive. You just need a few pieces of furniture to make your style sing, rather than a lot of them. You’ll also have enough money left over for extras like candles and fresh flowers.
Minimalism is causing quite a stir in the interior design world. More and more people are adopting this Scandinavian-inspired style to live more simply and reduce stress.
One of the best things about tiny houses is how simple it is to embrace this stress-free, joy-inducing aesthetic. In fact, for individuals living in the smallest of places, such as a studio apartment, minimalism is nearly a must. Therefore if you’re one of them, you’re probably already a minimalist master.
It’s Easier to Keep Them Clean
This is undoubtedly a favorite advantage of living in a tiny space: Much. Easier. To. Clean.
It takes longer to organize, tidy up, and deep clean a larger place, and it’s far more challenging to keep it that way. Who wants to waste hours attempting to make a place livable? Unfortunately, that is not the case for most people. That’s why small and comfortable spaces are ideal for people who find peace and tranquillity in a clean and orderly environment but don’t want to spend a lot of time and effort maintaining it.
They’re More Environmentally and Financially Sustainable
It’s no secret that heating, cooling, and electricity prices may be prohibitively high – both financially and environmentally.
When comparing the electricity bills of people who live in 500 square feet to those who live in 3,000 square feet, the difference can be significant, with the latter costing five, six, or even ten times more. Living in a small space means lowering your monthly expenses and reducing your home’s impact on our dear Mother Nature.
They’re Simpler to Personalize
Have you ever walked into a large house that feels more like a museum than the home of someone you know? It doesn’t have the most welcome or familiar vibes.
You want your home to reflect your personality and unique style preferences if you’re anything like us. With their limited surface and wall, small rooms make this a lot easier to accomplish.
How to Make a Small Space Look Bigger
You don’t have to feel cramped just because you live in a small space. Here are some tips to make a tiny space appear larger.
- Use big furniture, but use it sparingly.
People sometimes try to fit a lot of tiny furniture into small spaces. Still, it’s better to use larger pieces of furniture, but fewer of them, to make a small room appear larger. For example, instead of trying to squeeze a sofa, chairs, ottoman, coffee table, and side tables into a small living room, use a regular-size sofa, a massive ottoman that doubles as a coffee table, and possibly a single side chair. Remove any unnecessary little bits and replace them with only what you require.
- Get rid of clutter.
In small spaces, clutter is a big no-no. Make sure that everything has a place and that it stays there. For example, small things, such as remote controls, should be stored in storage baskets or boxes, and newspapers and books should not be left lying around tables. Even the tiniest amount of clutter can detract from the overall appearance of a small area.
- Use light-colored fabrics and colors.
Color is always lovely but stick to light colors to make a tiny space appear larger. For a feeling of openness and airiness, use pastels, soft neutrals, and tones of white. Also, steer away from heavy fabrics like velvets and wools and stick to lightweight options (cotton, linen, etc.)
- Make the most of natural light.
The most crucial feature in any room is good lighting, and natural lighting is always the finest. Because not every space has a lot of it, make the most of what you have. Natural light will reflect, giving the impression of a larger, brighter space.