The Living Room's Barry Du Bois Tells How To Make Your Tiny Home Feel Bigger
You don't have to have a big house to make the most of the space you have. You just need to know some rules. Which is where the co-host of 'The Living Room' comes in.
In great news for DIY fans, 'The Living Room' is back on Friday, and with it comes everyone's favourite DIY expert, Barry Du Bois.
Praise be. Sensible DIY advice incoming.
Like this: If you're living in a shoebox, and you want to make it feel like a mansion, fear not -- according to Barry there are a couple of things you can do to give yourself more space and make your home more liveable.
And while many of us don't have the option of renovating, we can do a lot to make the most of the space we have -- even with a small apartment.
All you need to do is listen to Baz.
According to him we need to think about how we use the space we have a lot better -- "so often we don't think about how the space is going to be used when we start to bring things into it," he said.
"If you've got a small living room and a small balcony off it, think about how those two spaces talk to each other," he told 10 daily. "The positioning of an ottoman, for example, near the doors of the balcony, creates the idea of the balcony being a larger space or the living room with the doors open being a bigger space. And if you face the balcony furniture towards you, that will also create the illusion of the room being bigger, too."
Next up -- think about your furniture. Your lounge and TV in particular. "It's like, how many people do you know that have a studio, or a one bedroom apartment and have a bug modular lounge?," asked Baz. "99.9 percent of the time, there's one or two people there. But we have this big modular couch and a big TV unit that means we lose a lot of space."
His suggestion? A small TV and a smaller couch, an ottoman or a bucket chair in the corner of the room to create a lounge area within the space you have.
"Behind the couch, put an IKEA shelf with your books in it, with a bunch of flowers on it, and now you've zoned this space into a real living zone," he concluded.
"That's the goal -- you make little zones within the space that work for your life."
Speaking of zones, next up, look at where you eat.
"A lot of people have a dining table for four to six people," said Baz. "You've got a one-bedroom apartment where one or two people live, so how often do you see four people at the table? Never?"
His tip -- have a couple of small square tables or benches you can put together when you have people over, or use separately when you don't.
If you have a small hallway in your home, Baz added, you can create the illusion of space by drawing people's eyes upwards as they walk down it -- an added bonus is that this will also stop them peering into your bedroom or bathroom at the same time!
"People feel that they are in bigger spaces if their chest is lifted and their face is lifted," Baz told 10 daily. "So you can draw their vision and their thoughts from that, if you don't want them looking in your bedroom door!
"If there is something up high, a piece of artwork, a sculpture for example, they will be drawn to that space. And it means they just passed an intimate zone without noticing it. And their chest is up, their shoulders are back, they feel a sense of volume."
"Think about the space you have, the relationship you have in the space, the warmth and security, the relationship you're going to have with someone else in the space," concluded Baz.
"Express who you are through your home. This is a place that nurtures you, keeps you secure, keeps you warm, and if you give it a bit of love. It's going to give you a stack back."
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The Living Room returns Friday at 7.30pm on 10 and WIN Networks.