With rising housing costs and the need to accommodate more people, there has been a surge in higher-density housing such as apartment buildings and townhouses. For a lot of people, this has meant the need to adapt their style of living to fit with a smaller space. Whether you are making the move to downsize or you are jumping on the property ladder by purchasing a smaller property, the below tips will help you to live large while staying small. If you’re trying to make the most of small space living, you’ll need to make clever and well-informed decisions around furniture that will fit. Oversized pieces take up a lot of space and can leave your home feeling cluttered. By opting for smaller, space-saving furniture you give yourself the best opportunity to maximize the space available. So rather than a large oversized modular sofa that will take up the majority of your living room, think about looking at a well-designed 2 or 3-seater sofa with the use of an armchair to create a more open living environment. You can improve the flow of each room by choosing furniture with exposed legs which gives the appearance that the furniture is floating and has space around it. Whether it is a sofa and coffee table in a small living room or a bed frame and side tables in a bedroom, using furniture with exposed legs creates a more open room. A classic design tip for smaller homes is to use mirrors and reflective surfaces to make spaces appear bigger. A full length, free standing mirror as well as lightly coloured furniture placed where it will reflect light from windows will give the illusion of a bigger and brighter area. This works well in small entranceways as well by placing a round mirror on the wall to bounce light back as you walk in. It goes without saying that light helps to brighten up a room instantly. Allow natural light to stream indoors by avoiding heavy, dark window coverings. Try sheer window treatments or install white wooden blinds or shutters to let the natural light flow into your room during the day, while simultaneously providing night-time privacy. Dark corners can make a room appear small and cramped so a well-positioned floor or table lamp in a bare corner can expand the area more. Our expert team are here to help you make well-informed decisions and take the stress out of designing the best space for you.