Having a small home does not mean it cannot be stylish and modern. It might need a bit more planning than for a larger home, but brilliant results can be achieved with a little forethought.
Draw A Plan
Before you do anything you should measure every room and have a rough to scale plan for each one. This will give you a better view of the shapes and sizes you are working with and give you more idea of what can be done with each room.
You will be able to work out what size furniture to buy. There is nothing worse than trying to squeeze huge pieces into a small space, as it will just make the area shrink and become an awkward room to use.
Use Earthy Or Neutral Tones
Earthy or neutral colours will make the rooms look larger than they actually are. You should use these on the walls and for the furnishings. If you want something bright, add it with the accessories, as things like cushion covers are curtains will not detract from the effect of the lighter shades.
The lighting of a small home is vitally important. As much natural daylight as possible is the best option, but of course, there will always be rooms where that does not occur. Globe lighting hung in the centre of the room will give a good spread of light, and if you add dimmer switches to the controls, you can adjust the amount of light to suit the mood.
Mirrors and Art
Most people know that mirrors strategically placed can fool the eyes to the size of a room because of the way they reflect light, but pieces of art can have the same effect. Because your wall is not too big, do not opt for tiny pieces. Be bold and put a large piece of art on it. The combination of mirrors and art can have a startling effect on the appearance of the size of your rooms.
Don’t Forget Your Hallway
Your hallway is the first room people see as they enter your home and you should not forget to make it look as good as possible. Remember that it is a room, and will have space that can be used for such things as storing your footwear. Plants or flowers in a hallway are always very welcoming and a mirror facing your front door, if possible, will enlarge the hallway greatly.
The kitchen is a vital part of any home, no matter how small or large it is. It is natural to want a modern look for this room, but you also need to make sure it is functional too. Have as many appliances fitted into units as you can so that they do not take up extra space and keep items on the work surfaces to a minimum or it will look very cluttered.
With land becoming in much more short supply and demand for homes growing, building smaller houses is becoming very common. This does not mean they cannot be cutting edge though, and it is up to you to make yours as contemporary as you can.