How to make the best use of space in small buildings

They say that “the best fragrances are served in small bottles”, and a small house can be just as valuable as one with more square metres. You just have to know how to make the most of it. It’s not just because it’s small that you can’t do great things in it.

When it comes to small buildings, whether it’s a compact flat, a studio or a house with small spaces, it’s essential to maximise every available centimetre. Fortunately, with some clever strategies and a creative approach, it is possible to create functional, cosy and spacious environments. And today you’ll find out how!

Opting for an open design

Open-plan design is an effective strategy for maximising space in small buildings. By eliminating dividing walls and merging different functional areas, such as the kitchen, dining room and living room, a sense of spaciousness and fluidity is achieved. This open layout has several benefits beyond visual appearance.

  • Natural light can penetrate deeper into the space, illuminating all areas more evenly.
  • Hosts can interact with guests while preparing food, creating a more inclusive and participatory social environment.
  • It facilitates air circulation, which improves ventilation and creates a healthier environment.

Multifunctional furniture: the best allies

In small spaces, every centimetre counts, and multifunctional furniture becomes your best ally to maximise the available space. These versatile pieces of furniture offer more than just a single function, allowing you to adapt to different needs throughout the day and optimise every corner of your building to the maximum.

Among the most popular are:

  • Sofa beds: this option is ideal for optimising the space in a living room or study.
  • Extendable tables: you can have a compact table for everyday use, but when you have guests or need extra space, simply extend the table to accommodate more people.
  • Beds with built-in storage: opt for beds with built-in drawers or storage compartments. These will allow you to store bedding, seasonal clothing or other items without the need for wardrobes.
  • Benches with storage space: Benches with built-in storage are a great way to make the most of space in entryways or hallways. You can sit on the bench while putting on your shoes and, at the same time, use the internal space to store items such as umbrellas, bags or shoes.

Paint in light colours

Opting for a light colour palette for walls and furniture can completely transform the perception of space, creating the illusion of spaciousness and lightness.

Light colours, such as white, beige or soft pastels, reflect natural and artificial light, which helps to blur the boundaries of walls and make rooms appear more spacious.

In addition, as there are no sharp contrasts or abrupt changes in colour, transitions between different areas are smoothed, creating a sense of fluidity and coherence throughout the room.

Another advantage of using light colours for the walls of your home is that they combine easily with different styles and decorative elements. You can add touches of bright colours in accessories, such as cushions, pictures or curtains, to add personality and style without visually overwhelming the space.

A touch of light

Adequate lighting is essential to make the best use of space in small buildings. Recessed ceiling lights, such as spotlights or recessed LED lights, are ideal for providing general and uniform lighting throughout the building.

Mirrors are excellent allies in small spaces, as they have the ability to reflect light and make the space appear larger and brighter. Place mirrors strategically on walls opposite windows or in places where they can reflect natural or artificial light.

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