While it may feel like the world is being overtaken by McMansions everywhere you look, our homes are actually getting smaller.
From 2015 to 2018, the average newly-built single-family home in the United States decreased in size by approximately 79 square feet, while the size of an average studio apartment decreasing by 18 percent over the past decade.
However, that doesn’t mean our spaces have to feel cluttered and cramped. So, how do we make our small homes feel spacious?
“First ask the question, ‘What is the function of this room?’” suggests interior designer Gwen Snyder Siegal, owner of The Nest Design. “Most likely in a smaller home or apartment, the room will be multi-functional.
Even so, it is extremely important to place pieces in the room that are practical and likely to be used on a daily basis. In smaller spaces, there is no room for anything extraneous. This makes the fewer items you do choose to place in your small space even more important.”
Ready to start reinventing your place as a more spacious and thoughtfully-designed home? We’ve rounded up some home design tricks that will make your space seem larger in no time.