Owning a small home, like a 1 bedroom apartment or a small house, can be both delightful and challenging. A smaller space is easy to clean and maintain, but managing it effectively is key to its success. When done right, a small space can be a heavenly and intimate escape from the everyday hustle of life. Often, however, small spaces can feel cluttered and cramped.

Successful small space living is not a very difficult task though. Below, we look at 7 ways to effectively manage smaller homes and increase the feeling of space.


1. Let in the Light

Brightly lit bedroom with large windows
Light enhances the feeling of spaciousness

Brightly lit interiors exude a feeling of space by allowing for greater visibility. Light helps brighten walls and allows for space below furniture to be seen, which can create an illusion of more room. Choose large windows that let in a lot of light, while avoiding curtains, if possible. Curtains can block light even when open and occupy a lot of room.

Choose alternatives like blinds or shutters instead. If you must have curtains, opt for a wide bar that extends well beyond the frame of the window, so that the window is fully visible. Having large windows will cause the eye to be drawn through the room, to the view outside the window, creating a perception of more space.


2. Embrace Low Sitting Furniture

Living room with a low sofa
Low profile furniture takes up less room, thereby increasing space

Create a feeling of openness in your home by opting for some low sitting furniture. This arrangement will reduce the wastage of space below the furniture while adding a lot more room above it. Low profile furniture will not only enhance the feeling of space in your home but will also add to a classy and contemporary feel to your interiors.


3. Summon the Magic of Mirrors

Living room with large floor to ceiling mirrors
Mirrors create an illusion of more space

Mirrors are a no-brainer when it comes to enhancing the feeling of space and openness. They work by tricking your eye into perceiving more space as a result of their reflections. If you have a window with a view, try placing a mirror opposite the window so that the view is reflected in the mirror, thereby increasing the feeling of space. For their effectiveness, mirrors should definitely feature in your efforts to make your home feel bigger.


4. Opt for Minimalistic Interior Design

Minimalistic living room
Minimalist interiors lead to an airy and open feel

Having too many things inside your home can make it feel very crowded and unpleasant. Get rid of the clutter and prioritize a minimalistic design to create a stylish, yet spacious, living space. You can also scale down furniture to further augment spaciousness. Smaller furniture would lead to the perception of a relatively bigger room.


5. Paint Your Walls White

Minimalist white bedroom with two large windows
White walls make rooms seem bigger by reflecting light

White should be your go-to color when it comes to maximizing the feeling of openness. Painting your walls with this airy color, will enhance the reflective quality of your walls and increase indoor brightness. Most ceilings are painted white, and having white walls, in addition, will create a feeling of limitlessness and space. White is also preferred because it emphasizes architectural elements, furniture and decorative items.


6. Create an Outdoor Living Space

Small house with outdoor living space at entrance
Outdoor living spaces like the one above augment spaciousness

If room allows it, creating outdoor living spaces can very effectively make your home feel bigger. You can choose between having a balcony, a patio, a porch or a deck to achieve this. Outdoor living spaces are ideal when you’re hosting parties or simply want to relax and rejuvenate.


7. Tear Down the Walls

Apartment with open floor plan

Open floor plans lead to an increase in interior space

Minimize interior space wastage by having an open floor plan. An open plan will greatly increase the space and light in your apartment or house. If that’s something you don’t fancy, experiment with sliding walls, which can be used to divide space as and when required. You can also utilize glass walls to separate spaces without visually dividing your home.