It’s no secret that property in the capital comes at a serious premium. The smaller the floor space, the smarter you need to be about choosing design options to maximise how your home feels and flows!
A small space can be charming and cosy – but also cramped and claustrophobic.
Making tweaks to tiny homes makes a world of difference.
We asked the Lucanu Construction based in London what advice they’d give to Londoners who want to make their property in the big smoke feel a bit less cottage and a lot more castle!
Fit Your Furniture to Small Rooms
If you’ve been dragging an oversized couch with you from year to year and know it’s going to be a struggle to winch it in through the window, it’s time to face it – the furniture is too large.
Furnishings make or break a room, and if you’re tight on space, great design, quality fabrics, and smaller pieces instantly enhance the room. Designer Side Tables are also a useful item of furniture to put into a small room.
It’s all about proportions – putting a 50 inch TV on a tiny chimney breast will dwarf the room, so we’ve recommend going for stylishly discrete items.
Remember – if there isn’t an excess of floor space, every corner counts!
Improving Small Interiors With Light
Our next tip is to think about light.
If you’re overlooked, you’ve likely got shutters, curtains or drapes. Maybe you have one or two rooms with just a tiny window (with a stunning view of next door’s brick wall!).
USE that light to your advantage!
Here are some ideas:
- Remove any unnecessary drapes. Heavy fabrics block your eye from seeing outdoors and create clutter. Try lightweight mesh curtains or a window film for privacy instead.
- Place mirrors on the wall opposite your windows. Reflective glass bounces the light back around the room and can make a real difference to how fresh it feels.
- Clean your windows. Yep, we appreciate that dust and dirt are part and parcel of city life. Still, clear panes will allow in more light and avoid making the home feel dim and dark.
Banish the shadows, and those gloomy corners will immediately brighten up, making every room feel more generous.
Replace Windows With Slick Designs
We’ve mentioned the importance of natural light, and if you want to upgrade your home, the glazing is a great place to begin!
Options could include:
- Cool sliding panel doors open up your living areas, link with the outdoors, and remove any panels or lines that break up the light.
- Roof lights, skylights or sky lanterns flood even basement apartments with light and add a new dynamic to the visual appeal.
- Triple-glazing panels damp down outdoor noise and make your home space more relaxing, even if you’re in the centre of the action.
Fantastic windows can transform your property and make a significant impact on the way you live.
Aim High and Bright
Interior decor can make a small London pad feel like a dream home, so it’s essential to think about your design schemes if you want to expand the space.
There are tonnes of ways to make a room feel more prominent, but some of the most straightforward options are:
- Using light, bright paint. White walls, fresh window sills, bright flooring and pale shades all open up a room far more than dark colours.
- Placing art and mirrors higher up draws the eye and elevates the sense of ceiling height.
- Remove the clutter. All of it!
- Choose slim, low-line furniture that won’t take up more space than necessary.
So much interior styling is a magic trick of the eye, so if you haven’t looked at changing up your decor, you’ll be amazed at the contrast!
Build Up, Out or Down
Finally, if you want to make your London home larger, and you’ve tweaked your decor as much as possible, you can always consider an extension.
Now, a lot depends on where you live, whether you have any outdoor space to build on (and if you want to!) and if your home is a listed building – which makes things a bit more complicated.
However, don’t assume you can’t physically increase your property size. There are lots of ways to achieve this, such as:
- Adding a balcony, terrace or renovating a courtyard.
- Building down to create another level in a cellar or basement.
- Converting your loft (and taking advantage of the skyline city views!).
- Adding a single storey rear or side return extension.
While an extension is a more involved project than a simple decor upgrade, it can substantially increase the size of your property, improve your home’s market value, and provide you with plenty of space to stretch.
Finally, if you want to make your London home larger, and you’ve tweaked your decor as much as possible, you can always consider an extension. You can get a refurbishment loan to fund it if you do not have readily available cash.