Accessory dwelling units, or granny flats, are becoming very popular as a way for homeowners to maximize space and even make some extra money by renting them out. While there were government restrictions on granny flat construction for a long time, that is starting change, particularly in Southern California. Homeowners there and in other areas with high housing demand are actually encouraged to build granny flats to accommodate more renters at affordable prices. If you’re living in a granny flat, you may be wondering how to maximize the small space. Here are some expert tips for decorating your granny flat.
Maximize the light
Lots of light can help a small space feel much bigger and more welcoming. Ideally, your granny flat should have large, well-placed windows to let the light in. Make sure you don’t place anything blocking the windows, and enhance the light by adding overhead fixtures in areas that feel dark.
Use mirrors to enhance the space
One of the best ways to make a small room feel bigger is to use mirrors as a décor piece. Not only can mirrors look very sophisticated when used well, but they trick the eye into thinking the space is much larger.
Take advantage of vertical space
A big challenge for many people living in small spaces is storage. One of the best ways to combat this problem is to install shelving, cabinets, and other storage solutions on your walls, freeing up floor space. When designed well, storage units can even do double duty as décor pieces.
Install a bar instead of a kitchen table
Just because your space is small doesn’t mean you can’t be hospitable. One of the best ways to save space is to install a bar and use stools, for your eating area. A traditional kitchen table can take up a lot of room, and a bar area serves the same purpose with way less space used.
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