How to utilise smaller rooms!

We understand that a lot of our tenants’ first steps of finding their own place, is moving into a HMO. Nine times out of ten, this move will be the first move from a family home which means, it’s important to utilise small space as you’re effectively downsizing from a house where you can have all of your items all over the house, to now having to be considerate of other tenants!

Equally, many 3 bedroom houses are actually 2 bedroom “with office” or “with a small childs room” so we understand the importance of utilising smaller spaces within a household. Which is why we’ve compromised a list of things to do to make the most out of smaller spaces in your home! 

1. Use very light colors or very dark colors to give a room depth.

Medium shades can make a room appear smaller, but when you use bright whites and deep dark paint colors, you create contrast, which creates depth and the illusion of a larger space. Most of the time, your landlord (in a HMO especially) will use a white wash for the whole room, with one feature wall (just like the picture to the right!) However, remember, if you’re planning on redecorating – ask your landlords permission first!

2. Utilize hidden storage or multi-functional furniture.

Look at window sills! Can this be turned into a window seat? Or used for storing all of your TV components for that reason so that it would double as extra seating when we have company over. We use lots of baskets for holding chew toys for our dogs and blankets. If everything you use can be tucked in a designated spot out of the way, you eliminate clutter and give the appearance of space.

3. Hang floor-to-ceiling curtains.

Hanging long curtains just below the ceiling that sweep all the way down to the floor is like putting stiletto heels on a room. Ceilings instantly look higher. I like IKEA’s the best because they consistently carry inexpensive 96″ curtains that are harder to find in other stores!

4. Use a few larger decorative accents instead of many small decorative items

Lots of small knick-knacks tend to feel like clutter and make a room look smaller. Use the triangle rule and symmetry when styling vignettes on coffee tables, nightstands, dresser tops, and dining tables and limit decor groupings to 3 or 5 items. But you don’t need decor accents on every single surface of your home. Let a room “breathe”.

5. Display large-scale art.

If you have a small room and want to hang wall decor, opt for one large piece of art or a wall accent instead of a gallery wall of smaller items. If you really want a gallery wall with smaller pieces, limit it to the one wall and go simple large-scale on the other walls in the room. And it’s okay to leave some walls blank to prevent the room from feeling cluttered and overwhelming.


6. Use a few lamps to spread light evenly around the room instead of relying completely on one overhead light.

Having multiple sources of light in a room can make the space feel more expansive. It’s really helpful in rooms that have limited natural light.


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