Having a small home should not be seen as a disadvantage but a blessing given the current UK housing crisis. As long as there is no disrepair in your home and it is safe, in good condition, and liveable, you should have nothing to worry about.
There are many things that you can do to make your small home more comfortable, homely, and appealing. One of the easiest ways is by using colours to add style, character, and aesthetic value. Some colours can even create an illusion of space, making your home look and feel more spacious.
Here are some suggestions for the best colours or paint schemes to use in your small home.
Neutral colours can be a substitute for orange or red if you feel that they are too bright. Soft pumpkin is a good example of a balance between intensity and vibrancy. It is not as bright as orange, but it is intense and vibrant in its own way.
If you use neutral colours in your kitchen, you might want to consider using wood stains for your kitchen counter. This will help create a more natural look for the room.
Like their brighter alternatives orange and red, neutral colours can potentially help stimulate the appetite. They also give off a warm, welcoming feeling.
Neutral colors are also ideal for bedrooms because they make the walls less obtrusive. Thus, the room will look and feel wider and more spacious.
Shades of blue
Different shades of blue, used along with whites, will make a room feel cool and relaxing. Mixing some blues with a little white can create a sea-and-sky effect, which can be so calming. These colors may even help improve sleep. Whites are also ideal because they help make rooms look bigger. They’re also ideal for ceilings.
If you don’t like blues, an interesting substitute would be greens and greys. Like whites, neutrals like grey can create an illusion that the walls are in the background, adding more space to the room. Greys can also shift the focus to the room’s accessories. The ideal grey is one that has undertones of blue.
Pastel blue can be paired with a slightly darker shade to create dimension and give off a bolder and richer feel.
Other options for creating a cool and relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom can include cream and ivory, and a butter-like shade.
Whites and off-whites for walls
You may want to refrain from painting your walls with bright colors. Perhaps they’re too loud. Instead, use whites and off-whites because they can make your home look neat, clean, and bright. White is also the ideal option of many residents and homeowners because they are easy to paint over.
You can still make bright red work for your small home; you just have to know how to mix it with other colours. It is also best if you choose oriental red and not just any type of read. This kind of brightness will add life to your room. It also works well with good lighting.
If you do not want too much red, you can mix it with some neutral colours, such as greys and beige. You can also pair it with Asian-inspired floral paintings.
Soft and pastel colours
For your bathroom, go for soft colours like buttery tan, rose, and ivory. These colours can flatter your skin tone while also helping you relax. You may want to add soft yellow, which is ideal if natural lighting is limited. The soft brightness of light straw-like or pale yellow will add just the right amount of liveliness to a room or area.
Cool yellows such as vanilla and primrose make rooms look bigger as their light bounce off the walls.
Pastel colours like duck egg blue and blush are modern and trendy. They can be paired with whites – for trims. They’ll create a perfect combination of light brightness and a slightly washed-out effect.
More than one shade of one color
Add more depth to any room by combining different shades of one color. One shade for the wall, another for the ceiling, and a third shade for the door. Three shades will be plenty- and they do not have to be too different from each other. A subtle shade-difference will do.
Your furniture matters
Colours are not the only elements that can add depth and space to your small home; your furniture can as well. Choose simple designs and make sure they complement the colours of the room. They do not have to be the same shade, just a complementary one.
You might want to try going minimalist with your furniture, as well. Minimalism can create a lot of space in any room.
If your rented home has disrepair issues, do not paint over the affected areas as this will only worsen the problem. Get in touch with your landlord and inform them of the situation. If your landlord does not respond after 21 days, ask for assistance from the disrepair in home experts at Disrepair Claim. They’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.