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Design tips when downsizing

A number of people downsize every year.

Every year a number of people downsize their properties. The kids may have flown the nest and you don't need as much space or you may be feeling the bite in the current financial climate. Either way, moving to a smaller property doesn't have to mean cramped living. There are a number of options available to you to maximise the space you have.

Revamp the kitchen

Often when you move into a smaller property, the kitchen is one room when things can feel especially tight. But it doesn't have to. If you've saved a little money on the move, deciding on a fitted kitchen will not only enable you to work with the space you have it will also add more value onto the property.

Fitted kitchen furniture has the advantage of being specifically designed to the individual intricacies of your space. Every nook and cranny will be made use of, creating functionality in even the smallest of areas.

Cost

Cost will always be an issue when moving into a new home. But working within a budget, doesn't mean that you should be put off making the decision to revamp at least one room and really make it work for you. When deciding on a new fitted kitchen you can utilise an online tool such as Magnet's online kitchen calculator. Not only will this give you an idea of how much the work will cost, you can start getting excited about the endless possibilities to create your perfect kitchen.

You be able to make all the important decisions such as the choice of appliances, worktops and the overall look and feel, all from the comfort of your own home.

Colour

This is always an important element of interior design and will play a significant role in maximising small spaces to realise their true potential. Making the decision to decorate in lighter, cooler hues is ideal for opening up a space. However, you're not just limited to pastel colours. If you want a bit more dynamism in the home opt for bright colours in blues, greens or maybe even purples. Make sure you steer clear of dark tones - these can often be too heavy in a small space.

Try and stick to a monochromatic colour scheme - different shades of the same colour - to really open up a room. Contrasting colours can break up space and work against open plan living.

De-clutter

The enemy of a small space is clutter. Now we know you maybe won't have amassed too much in the form of household bills and other documents when first moving, but you'll be surprised how quickly clutter can build up making your home feel unnecessarily cramped. Invest in some organisational furniture and accessories to bring a sleek, clean feel to your home.

Also try and keep wall art and knick-knacks to a minimum. They may look good in the shop, but too many up in the property will make the walls close in.

Downsizing can be a great option in the current economic times, but be sure make the best use of the space you have.