When people are looking to downsize, one of the concerns most commonly voiced are “What if it feels too small?” There is no need to worry with today’s modern granny flats and some consideration about small space design!
If you don’t know where to start, we have a few tips for you – Here are some clever small space design tactics that will help you get as excited about downsizing as you should be!
1. Lots of Light
Nothing makes a room feel smaller than darkness. Make the most of window opportunities when you are designing a small room, and keep it open and bright by foregoing the heavy, dark window coverings. Some lightweight blinds or curtains in neutral tones will maximise the windows and natural light in your home.
2. Colour It Big!
Just like window coverings, your paint and décor colour choices can enlarge or shrink the feel of your granny flat. Stick with light, neutral shades and strategically add some accent colours to break up the colour palette. Dark colours will close in the walls, so if you want your home to feel cosy rather than cramped, keep your colour choices simple!
3. Downsize Your Furniture Too
You’re downsizing your home, and it makes sense to scale down your furniture as well! Big pieces that looked great in your large family home can close in a cosy room and make it look smaller than it really is. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either – you can sell your second-hand items and cash up for some fun furniture shopping! Smaller pieces with sleek lines and low profiles can really expand the perception of space.
4. Open it up with Open Plan
Forget the walls! Walls take up precious space when you are downsizing to a granny flat, and can close off the flow of your new home. Open kitchens and living areas mean that family and friends have room to move, and can engage freely.
5. Clutter No more…
Last, but certainly not least, is the dreaded daily clutter. Keeping collections of magazines, dolls, knick knacks or even just disorganised paperwork will make any-sized home feel claustrophobic. This is especially true for smaller homes. Be careful with clutter, keep what makes you happy and shed the rest!
With some foresight, mindful planning and the right team on your side, you can make use of these great small space design tricks to maximise your living space and create a granny flat that will be the envy of all. Premier Homes have an expert team on hand to help you with everything from selection and design, to construction.
With years of experience making small spaces work perfectly for people just like you, it makes sense to contact Premier today and have a chat about downsizing to a beautiful granny flat you can enjoy!