It is a known fact that the older property buildings in Portugal can be quite small - yet with the growing rental market in the country, knowing how to maximize your small space can be what sets you apart from your competition. Here are some foolproof ways to ensure you improve your guest's living experience and make your property feel spacious and comfortable;
1. Natural Lighting is Key
Certainly one of the easiest ways to make your living space look larger is by allowing as much natural light as possible into your property. If the windows are too small and do not allow enough sunlight to enter during the day, you can get creative by adding some large mirrors, or lighting fixtures to the walls.
If you have the finances to invest in a more effective method, and your condominium rules allow you to do so; you can consider replacing your windows with large floor to ceiling glass walls to bring in more light to your living space - this will also help you save on your electricity bill as guests will not find it necessary to leave the lights on during the daytime.
2. Choose the Right Colour of Paint
Choosing the right color of paint to apply on your walls can have a great impact on how small or large your living space looks. Traditional colors such as cream or white are always great choices because they provide a clean look and make the room look larger and full of light. In contrast, dark colors such as navy, emerald green, black or grey can give your space a cozy, den-like feel. If the room is already small to begin with, using such colors would definitely do more harm than good if not done correctly.
3. Multi-Functional Furniture is Your Best Friend
To maximize the living space in your rental property, it is crucial to include a wide range of multi-functional furniture. You should start off by replacing any large furniture in the apartment with smaller ones; such as smaller beds, bookshelves, and so on. Instead, you may invest in wall-mounted TV's, Murphey beds, and fold-down dining tables. To maximize storage space, invest in beds that come with drawers underneath them, or mirrors with built-in storage for bathroom essentials.
Having limited space in your apartment does not mean that you have to sacrifice function and style. With the rising popularity of tiny houses, stores such as IKEA and AKI offer various multifunctional furniture pieces that, with some creative thinking, could turn your cramped space into an inviting and organized one perfectly suited for you and your guests.
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By Ismat Ara Khan.