6 design hacks to maximize space in a small home that you need to know

Effectively designing a small home can be tricky, but with some imagination and creative design hacks, you can transform a small home into a comfortable, functional, and stylish space that can accommodate all your needs. 

“For this 500 square-foot apartment in Mumbai, we maximised every square foot possible. The home tells a story of local craftsmanship, artisanal works, natural materials and minimalism through reverential tones of nature—without making spaces cluttered. The intent was to take a road less travelled and let local art, craft and workmanship take centerstage while keeping the grammar simple and sublime,”  says Shah. Read on for more tips on designing small homes and maximizing space.

1. Choose a colour palette of muted monotones

Earthy, neutral colours reflect light and create the illusion of a bigger and brighter space. This is one of the oldest tricks in interior design. However, Shah suggests that one shouldn’t let the colour scheme be restricted to the walls and flooring and furniture. 

Neutral tones on the walls, ceiling, and upholstery, along with ample natural light give this cosy living room corner a spacious and airy vibe.

Pulkit Sehgal

In this home, the living room highlights handmade terrazzo flooring and breathable lime plaster walls with ample natural greens completing the earthy design language.

2. Keep the furniture clean-lined

Shah installed a custom-designed cabinet handwoven with cotton fibre cords in the entrance foyer. While visually appealing, this also provides additional storage.

Pulkit Sehgal

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