Get the most out of a small living space

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After the home buying process is over and homeowners have moved in all their furniture, some may think that their new living space is too small to hold all their belongings. This can be frustrating for individuals who are accustomed to larger accommodations, but the truth is there are several ways to get more out of a small living space without sacrificing anything.

Reevaluate the colors and flooring

Believe it or not, the color of a room and the type of flooring it features makes a significant difference in how spacious an area feels. Dark colors tend to make rooms feel more enclosed and small, and lush carpeting has a similar effect. New homeowners should consider repainting their homes brighter and more neutral colors, such as creams, nudes, yellows and even light blues or purples to make it appear more open. In addition, putting down hardwood floors can make a room gleam and appear brighter and spacious.

Prioritize furnishings


Placing an oversized couch and living room table in a small room can make homeowners feel like they have no space to move around. This is especially true if they also have large bookcases, lamps, plants and knick-knacks. Instead, owners should determine if their furniture and decorating schemes fit the layout of their new home. They may realize that some of the furnishings are not as important to them as others or are not as functional as they previously thought. This can be a great time to shop for new items that better meet their needs, according to MSN Real Estate. For example, they may choose to keep their oversized couch, but sell or donate their large table and bookcases in favor of better designed storage spaces
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Getting rid of items they don't utilize also adds a measure of simplicity for many owners and allows them to focus on items and decor that are truly sentimental.

Maximize storage

Utilizing storage is crucial for homeowners who live in smaller spaces. When they can't expand out, they should focus on moving up. Individuals can build shelves to hold books, pictures and candles. Pot racks are a great way to store cookware and free up cabinet space. Many owners may also underestimate the nooks and crannies of their home, such as closets and under their beds to store shoes, clothing, seasonal decorations and other belongings.