Reno Tips: How to Optimize A Small Living Space

A small living space can leave you feeling limited in your renovation options. However, more often than not, there is a lot more that can be done with your small space than you realize. It is certainly worth keeping in mind that you also don’t need to worry quite as much about budget as you might suspect. To put it simply, when it comes to most small spaces, there are plenty of options to explore.



When it comes to figuring out how to optimize a small living space, it really just comes down to a combination of imagination and an understanding of your surroundings. Trust us, when you start this process, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish with compact spaces.


Optimizing Your Small Living Space

The first thing you will want to remember is that when it comes to renovating a small living space, function needs to be prized over form. We’re not saying that you can’t express yourself a little bit. You will, however, need to think about what you ultimately want to do with the space. Do you need to create some home office space? Do you need to have room for guests? The answer will be a major part of the foundation of your renovation plans.



Working in storage options throughout your living space is also important, either in the kitchen or other spaces. Overlooked corners can prove to be great places to add things like cabinets and shelves, which can free up plenty of useful space elsewhere. You should also strive to have as little floor space for circulation as possible.



Lowering your windowsill heights is another smart way to optimize your space. Not only will you be inviting in more essential natural light, but you will also be taking steps to expand your sightlines beyond your interior.


Negative space is also important. There is always the temptation to use everything that is available to you, which is understandable; but at the end of the day, it is important to remember to appreciate the value of some negative space. Ask anyone who has ever renovated a small space like yours. They will tell you that having spaces to give the eyes a break is actually something of a blessing. You can also use negative space to improve the overall harmony for your home.


Love Your Space

Ceiling heights do not need to be consistent within a smaller space. Believe it or not, but you can actually give the impression of a larger space quite nicely by varying the heights of your ceiling. It also comes with the benefit of allowing you to better optimize the space. For example, if you vary the heights of your ceiling, you might just find yourself with enough room to put in a bed.


If you need to get rid of things, which, let’s be honest, you probably need to do, ask yourself the following questions: Is it beautiful? And is it useful? Beauty certainly has its benefits, and there is nothing wrong with wanting to fill a space with attractive objects. However, practicality is again the focus here when optimizing a small space. That being said, it’s important to remember that when it comes to things that are beautiful, as well as things that are useful, there is no reason in the world why you can’t make room for both with careful and meticulous planning.


How about colours? Some people worry about having the right colour palette for their small space. However, you will be relieved to find out that you don’t really need to worry about that too much. Go with things that feel natural to not only your tastes, but also to what you want to achieve. Don’t be afraid of bold or vibrant colours. Instead, learn to embrace the colours that you believe would be an accurate expression of your personality.



Working with a small space can seem daunting, especially when your goal is to optimize the space. The trick is to focus on functionality. When you successfully create a functional space, you’ll open doors to new and exciting interior design possibilities that you hadn’t even considered before.  


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