Home Decor

STORAGE AND SPACE SAVING TIPS FOR SMALL HOMES

We all have different home requirements. Some of us like our homes to be small and cozy while others like it big and airy. But for us metropolitanites, forfeiting square footage is the price we have to pay for living in a big city full of ‘choices’. So what does one do to tidy up the space we have at our disposal and yet not sacrifice the aesthetics when living in a small home? Here are a few tips that might help.

1. Leave no surface untapped.

Let go of the cabinets, layers and layers of racks or bulky furniture. The market is brimming with creative, cute and quirky storage spaces. Make use of them. Add shelves above doorways especially if you have high ceilings. Line a room with a shelf high up on the wall. A funky way of bringing out the bookworm in you is to stash books and convert your hallway loft/wall into a library.

2. Use the Full Height of the Space

Ever heard of the ‘Living cube’? It’s for people like us who like to make the most of the space (or the lack of it). If your home ceilings are high enough, increase usable space by going for a bunk bed. See if you can add the ‘Living Cube’ twist to your bunk bed/ stairway and convert it to a storage compartment. An interesting usage of space is using a chest or an ottoman with storage inside, as a coffee table. Always remember that one of the most effective ways to save space is by using furniture that gets out of the way when not in use.

3. Make everything perform double duty.

Free up your kitchen counter, cabinets, and drawers. Create storage racks on the wall and use kitchen magnets to hang cooking utensils. An under-cabinet magnetic rack will turn useless space into a useful one.

4. Eliminate Clutter

Free standing tables and chairs (and furniture in general) take up a lot of space. Concentrate on less furniture, more built ins. Organize your shoes in an ottoman, convert your loft into racks, use foldable colored furniture. There are many ways to declutter your space. The most effective way to fit into a small space is to get rid of a whole lot of stuff and finding more than one purpose for your rooms.

If Harry Potter could live under the stairs, so can you. Recreate the interesting Bed Under Stairs concept, stretch your space to the outdoors by designing a welcoming patio, use fewer, larger pieces of furniture and accessories to reduce visual clutter, use bright lights and take advantage of wasted space with corner bookcases. Think monochromatic. Eliminate obstructions. Remember, your house need not be huge to look big. The idea is simple: the further you can see through a space, the larger it’ll seem.

THE INSIDE STORY!

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A home is one-third of man’s basic necessities. Just because it is basic, it does not necessarily mean that it should exist as something plain and boring. In essence, your homes can be a reflection of your core personality.

This post is about the tiny things that are a part of the vast world of ‘Modern Residential Architecture’ which one perceives at a sub-conscious level but does not accept on a conscious level. Modern Residential Architecture may be THE thing that you were looking for but were never quite able to place a finger on.

Modern Residential Architecture is built on basically two elements – simplification of form and an absence of excess decoration. In other words, it follows the ‘less is more’ principle giving you just what you need for a beautiful and luxurious home.

All this began at the turn of the 20th century where along with everything else, even the fundamentals of architecture went through the renaissance phase. This happened because of development of both technology and society itself. There are a few common characteristics that modern architecture possesses. They are listed as follows:

Form follows function – This proposal was originally expressed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s early mentor Louis Sullivan. In a nutshell, this simply means that the design should be derived directly from the purpose and not the other way around.
Modern architecture requires simplicity and clarity of structure, thus eliminating unnecessary detail. Thus it gives you exactly what you need and not what you want, unlike traditional architecture.
Usual architecture means hiding the pillars and beams in your house which is usually considered ugly and something that’s best hidden from view. Modern architecture says otherwise. It involves visually displaying the basic structure rather than trying to hide it unnecessarily.
Materials used in your homes have special importance in modern architecture. The importance lies in the principle of ‘Truth to material’, which means that the true nature and form of the materials are exposed rather than camouflaging its essence. Very ‘Be what you are’, don’t you think?
Modern architecture stays true to its name. Instead of depending majorly on nature for raw materials, it depends on industrially-produced materials which can add that sharp technological edge to your homes.
The modern architect believes more in keeping things straight – what we mean is that there is more emphasis on vertical and horizontal lines which gives your homes a strong and stately demeanour.
This being said, the only thing constant about homes and their décor is change. True, that accepting change is difficult – but when it comes to the beauty and luxury of a space that is forever and truly yours, is asking to change asking for too much?

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