Whether it be as you approach retirement or as you seek a simpler, less expensive way of living, thoughts of downsizing inevitably occur at some stage in our lives. Although a smaller home leads to fewer responsibilities, increased leisure time and more disposable income, many often fear this means a less stylish abode. Despite limited decorating space, there are a number of ways to ensure your home exudes your personal flair and is still chic, inviting and functional. With this in mind, here are our top 5 downsizing tips that don’t require you to sacrifice style…
Maintain that spacious feel and seek to create a balanced environment by sticking to the furniture essentials. Avoid cramming rooms with bulky or oversized pieces that make simple chores a challenge and source good quality multi-purpose items. Create the illusion of space by designing with a palette of soft, clean neutrals and make use of mirrored and white marble finishes to encourage natural light. Opt for tables with inbuilt storage and consider glass tops in order to keep the room open and airy. Mixing pieces of different sizes are also a great way to ensure a relaxed and cozy vibe.
With downsizing comes the creative challenge of designing multi-purpose rooms. Again, it’s important to think in terms of the basics and opt for pieces that can be used for a variety of activities. Think sofa beds, convertible desks and ottomans with storage. A study can also easily double as a guest room, or that spare corner can readily house a stylish shelving unit or desk. Consider converting your ceiling space by implementing some sturdy overhead racks ideal for storing your seasonal items and linen.
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3. Make use of your walls
Negative space on your walls can make a big impact when it comes to creating a casual, airy vibe. Steer clear of clustering mismatched pieces together and opt for either a single, large piece or a series of smaller, well-spaced arrangements. Decorative mirrors are a timeless substitute for paintings or prints and can help keep your room light-filled and chic.
A neutral, warmer palette is one easy way to ensure your small space exudes an airy, effortless feel. Avoid busy and clashing colours and keep your design simple with complementary shades and fabrics that bring the visual appeal. If you’re seeking something more dramatic, however, a bold statement wall can have an equally striking effect. A crisp white trim, or a rug and accessories in paler shades can create a lively contrast.
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Perhaps the biggest challenge for those seeking downsizing tips is the need to declutter and forgo those non-essential belongings. Reduced closet space means shelving and inbuilt storage are now your new best friends. Those multi-function pieces are key, but they definitely don’t need to be bland or boring! Consider a stylish bookshelf that can house your TV and entertainment systems, as well as your books; or perhaps stack simple, wire baskets and keep track of all your smaller items. While downsizing may mean sacrificing on space and unnecessary possessions, it doesn’t need to come at the expense of your style!
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