4 Home Renovation Ideas for Small Homes
What are some home renovation ideas for small homes?
- Add reflective materials
- Incorporate one kind of flooring material for connected spaces
- Limit the use of color contrasts
- Make use of small accessories
Before any minimalist ethos rose to popularity, the bigger it was the better. This rang true even for interior design and architecture, where many homeowners likely felt that grandiosity and lavishness were the names of the game. In recent years, however, you’ve likely seen a shift in the way people viewed size and dimension. As architecture — and arguably, the world — began to appreciate more simplistic designs, home renovation ideas for small homes also began popping about.
As the curious homeowner, in some way or another, you’ve also thought about what you can do to elevate your small space. How to make it feel homey even without towering pieces, larger-than-life furniture, and unbelievably high floor-to-ceiling clearances. While these elements were considered a must-have for any comfortable and awe-inspiring residential property, it doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve the same with a small, cute, and comfy living space. Learn more by checking out these tips below!
Add Reflective Materials
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When redesigning a small area, you’ll want to make it as spacious as possible despite working with limited dimensions. A great way to achieve this is by adding reflective materials in any way, shape, or form that you can. Reflective textures give off a roomier and airier vibe.
For example, if your kitchen has wooden storage spaces and furniture, you can complement these fixtures by adding glossy-finish subway tiles as your backsplash.
To take it up a notch, use complementary color combinations that match the scheme of the room. For a clean white kitchen, neutral colors like pastels and light shades are perfect choices to achieve the desired effect.
Incorporate One Kind of Flooring Material for Connected Spaces
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If your home has several connected spaces — for example, the living room leads to the dining room and kitchen — capitalize on this by using a single type of flooring material. Doing this allows you to open up your floor plan and make even the tiniest of spaces appear cohesive and well-designed.
If you’re going for a more rustic vibe, a good choice for flooring would be stone-look or wood-look tiles that can create a more natural appeal. Try laying them out more geometrically. This is a good trick to make each room division feel larger and more expansive than it actually is.
When you’re selecting flooring, keep in mind that it should match the maintenance requirements for each type of room. It’s also helpful to choose a versatile design that blends in well with any type of area.
Limit the Use of Color Contrasts
As much as possible, you don’t want to add dramatic color contrast to any room. You might worry that a room in a single color feels smaller, but simultaneous light and dark contrasts are what will make it feel more constricted. Ultimately, these color choices can be better executed in large spaces, even in the presence of stark differences.
The reason for this is that color contrasts are much more apparent in a small room, thus making the onlooker feel more aware of such differences. To avoid this from happening, choose similar shades with limited color changes. In this way, any changes in color can be done more gradually, even when introducing new decor or furniture into the room.
Make Use of Small Accessories
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In redecorating a small room, it should follow that the accessories you use are relatively small as well. This is a budget-friendly way of introducing more space into the room without making drastic changes to its physical appearance. Think about it: large objects in a small bedroom might seem mismatched to the rest of the environment, whereas smaller items will direct your attention away from them, and to the room itself.
Your choice of accessories will depend on the type and purpose of the room. For example, the small bathroom on this render effectively made use of a small soap dish and a miniature indoor plant to spruce up the space.
You can also check out how well the large-format wall tiles served to bring more depth into the room. The beautiful marble-look tiles gave a size boost to the structure, while also directing the attention of the visitor towards the other bathroom elements.
In this guide, we’ve covered a few home renovation ideas for small spaces, fit for any interior design. Remember that while there’s an apparent challenge when dealing with any small room, take this as an opportunity to be creative and go outside the box. Even simple changes like using uniform floor tiles, adding reflective materials, or being wise about color options can already lead to a well-renovated home.