I have always seen small spaces in a home as a blessing; they're much easier to style and make cozy. In our last home we had an open floor plan, and I really didn't love it. In fact, it felt like no matter what I did, the space felt too vast, too open, and it was hard to relax. In our current home we also have an open floor plan, but the space doesn't have as many distractions because it's smaller. We also have less natural light in our current home, and the bedrooms are upstairs. This helps to make the space feel the warmth that I love to create in a home. At times, especially when we have a large amount of people over, I do wish for an extension of the main level, otherwise, I love how tiny it is.
There are many ways to make the best use of smaller spaces.
Small outdoor spaces can easily be filled with potted plants, especially if you don't have a yard. If you happen to have a small corner, outdoor stainless steel cabinets could be great for storage. These cabinets will protect your items from the elements.
Nothing is worse that an outdoor space that has nothing, an empty front porch or balcony makes a home look and feel lonely. A few ceramic pots and $1.00 annuals can add some color and life to any size outdoor space.
If you have a small kitchen you may consider creating storage around the doorways, or even up and around the cabinetry. Built in shelving is perfect for both display and practical use. We are adding floating shelves to our kitchen, which is actually giving us less practical storage, but making the kitchen feel larger. Bulky kitchen cabinets can make a kitchen feel closed in.
Mirrors are my favorite way to open up a small space. They also allow more light to come through a space. Mirrors can lean or hang, can be large or small, and can have various types of frames, or be frameless. Any and all decor styles can benefit from the use of mirrors.
My absolute, most favorite use of small spaces is the creation of a space for books or reading. Reading nooks are the most cozy spaces in a home. Think of lamplight, candles burning, comfy wingback chairs, and endless books. When we first moved into our Colorado home I wanted to create a library out of living room, with a gigantic wooden table for dining, surround by books, and comfy seating in the corners, with lamps. It hasn't happened yet, but perhaps one day.
*This is a collaborative post.