An urban postal code can mean sacrificing square footage, but owning or renting real estate in Toronto doesn’t mean you can’t maximize the space you have. Here are some visual tips and tricks to make your small space look bigger while maintaining functionality.
Maximize natural light
Natural light is the number one way to make your space appear larger than it is, so don’t block windows or doors that let the light in. To optimize light flow, opt for sheer curtains or frosted glass if you need privacy.
Keep your space free of clutter
When there’s limited space to begin with, clutter will make your home feel even more cramped. Dedicate time regularly—whether monthly or seasonally—to get rid of what you don’t need. Implement an organized storage system (try built-ins or bins), or you could even invest in a storage space for things you need in the future.
Opt for a minimalist aesthetic
To avoid a crowded feel, lean towards minimalist design for your small space, especially once you’ve decluttered. Clean lines, open space for foot traffic, and lots of light can make a place feel bigger and brighter.
Use vertical space strategically
While your home may have a smaller footprint, there’s bound to be plenty of vertical space. This works both for extra storage—think shelving—and for drawing the eye upward with design elements, like curtains hung high and tall furniture to help create the illusion of more space.
Buy double-duty furniture
Smaller spaces require some creative thinking when it comes to furniture, and luckily there are tons of great options nowadays. Ottomans that open for storage, pullout couches for visitors, foldaway desks, sideboards that are secretly shoe racks—there are endless possibilities.
Play with mirrors
Not only are mirrors functional for your day-to-day, but they can also make a space appear double its size. To reflect the light in your space, try standing mirrors, swap closet doors for mirrors, or use a mirrored accent wall. Other clever ways to reflect light with shiny surfaces? Incorporate shiny tiles in the kitchen and bathroom versus tiles with a matte finish, and use high-gloss paint.
Choose colours wisely
Though neutral shades like warm whites will give a small space a breezy, open feel, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate colour into your home. Add pops of personality by choosing certain rooms or walls to accent with bolder hues so you don’t overwhelm the space. Looking for some inspiration? Learn about 2024’s surefire shades, from silvery blues to soft blacks.