Establishing your roots as a homeowner in and around large city-centres like Toronto and Vancouver can often mean settling into a smaller home. That’s the tradeoff –a shorter commute to work and livelier nightlife options usually equal less square footage at home. This is particularly true for first-time home buyers, as noted in a recent article by New in Homes.
Of course, small space living isn’t only about location. Some people are choosing the tiny life for reasons of sustainability and financial freedom.
Whether your home is small out of necessity or choice, you’ll be happy to know that living fabulously has absolutely nothing to do with the size of your abode. There are countless ways to live the luxe life in a small space. Here are some of the best ways to make the most of your smaller space.
Purchase Small Space Furniture
Finding furnishings that fit is often one of the more challenging aspects of living in a tiny home. That’s why there are numerous shops and furniture lines specifically dedicated to life in condos and other smaller spaces.
Not only is this furniture smaller in scale, but it’s often more functional. You’ll find beds with storage underneath, coffee tables that can convert into dining room tables, and much more.
Keep Counters Clear
To make your small space look as large as possible, try to keep clutter to a minimum. Clear countertops of everything except for the everyday essentials, including your beloved stand mixer (unless you happen to bake cupcakes on a regular basis). The same goes for the top of your refrigerator, bathroom counters, and your bedroom dresser.
Make Multifunction Spaces
Make every inch count by giving rooms multiple uses. Tuck your office into a quiet nook in the living room or kitchen. Make your dining room do double duty as a game room by adding a pool table that can be converted into a dining room table.
If you have little ones, add long and low storage cabinets to your living room and fill them (neatly) with toys, for a playroom that virtually disappears once playtime is over.
As comforting and dramatic as darker colours might be, if your home is on the smaller side, lighter neutrals really are the best choice. Use them on the walls, on furnishings, and especially your window treatments. Light and gauzy curtains can work wonders in almost any room. Nothing makes a home feel more open and airy than loads of natural light.
Look for Big Power in Smaller Packages
Just because your deck is on the small side, doesn’t mean you can’t grill like a gourmet for family and friends. Whether you have a small rooftop patio, an intimate townhouse backyard, or even a builder-grade deck off of the kitchen, you can still enjoy the power and attractive looks of a top of the line grill, like the Napoleon Rogue® 425 with Infrared Side Burner.
The Napoleon Rogue 425 is a mid-size grill that features 425 square inches of grilling surface, three main stainless steel burners, and Napoleon’s highly efficient Infrared Sizzle Zone side burner. You can grill like a pro with fast cook times and reduced flair-ups, without the need for a pro-sized deck.
This grill is the perfect fit for small outdoor spaces, with side shelves that aren’t only foldable to allow it to fit wherever you need it to, but also removable to save even more space.
Does the Napoleon Rogue® 425 with Infrared Side Burner sound like a perfect fit for your household?