As anyone who’s smartly designed their home remodeling project to maximize a small space will tell you, there are lots of home remodeling tips and tricks you can employ that can make a difference. We’ve scoured the internet looking for ways you can make your small space shine and found 10 ideas to give you great results in your experience of your home.
1. New Fixtures
A quick way to personalize your home can be updating the fixtures. Think lights in the kitchen/dining and bathroom, changing the tapware, towel racks, cabinet knobs and door pulls – these details won’t break the bank and can make your home look totally different. Crystal, brass or black iron are popular materials for contemporary fixtures.
2. Factor in Storage
As this interior decorator discovered when remodeling her 540 square foot home, one needs to get creative when it comes to a place for everything, and everything in its place. One can buy stand alone storage units or look at unused spaces. There are frames that provide drawers under beds, and check out your closets, can you add any extra shelves or racks there?
3. Add a Kitchen Island
Adding a functional island to a kitchen is a great way to increase both storage and function in a kitchen remodel. As well as prepping food, storing utensils and spices, you could use it as a breakfast bar so it is your everyday eating spot.
4. Kitchen Cabinets
Do yourself a favor and replace dated cabinets. If you have dark cabinets that are in good condition, you can have the upper cabinets redone in a lighter color, and leave the lower ones as they are to have a two tones. If you are limited in natural light in the kitchen, you may want a light colored backsplash – it’ll instantly lighten, brighten and open up the space.
5. New Sinks
An old, worn-out sink can be an eyesore, as well as unhygienic. Installation costs to replace a sink can range from $250 to $500 depending on the material you choose and the look you’re going for.
6. Some Bathroom Renovation Tips
Here are a few more remodeling tricks to visually expand a small bathroom and find storage:
● replace the toilet with a wall-hung version
● a floating vanity can make the room seem bigger
● replacing traditional cabinet doors with mirrored ones might be a consideration
● Glass doors on a tub/shower combination or curbless shower will make the room feel larger
7. Update the Paint
Just because you live in small house, it doesn’t mean you have to stick with a white or neutral color scheme throughout. If you have the right lighting and accessories you can use any color you love. Consider techniques such as striping or color blocking for an accent wall to make a small room look larger.
8. Fabulous Floors
With small spaces it’s best to stick to one type of flooring material throughout to create a cohesive feel. Luxury vinyl can look like wood or stone and is easier on the joints. Bamboo or cork flooring are considered renewable resources. Porcelain tile also can look like wood or marble.
9. Create More Room
Besides the option to build an addition or casita, one may want to enclose some or all of a patio to create more livable space. If you have a room that is not used, like a formal dining room, you may want to repurpose it to be a guest room or home office. If you have vaulted ceilings you can incorporate a loft above a living room.
10. Replace Windows
Extending the windows from floor-to-ceiling or lowering windowsills will let in more natural light and make a living space feel more open. It will also let you make the most of a gorgeous view, which can be a real selling point in the future.
Ultimately, any kind of home remodeling design will need to factor in your personal taste and style. If you don’t know where to start, Pinterest is a great platform for collecting and collating different interior design ideas so you can get a general idea of what you like to show your home remodeling designer.
Happy home remodeling!
Co-authored by Angela Pearse, a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.