How do you make a small room feel more spacious? A small space doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be cramped. With clever use of colour, furniture placing, space planning and lighting, your small space can feel as spacious as you need it to be.
Use light colours on the floor and walls
This works simply because lighter colours will reflect the light that comes into the room, making it seem bigger and brighter, Whist darker colours will absorb the light and make the room feel more constricting. Paint the skirting a slightly lighter colour than the walls to trick your eyes into seeing more depth in the room.
Hang shelves up near the ceiling
Anything that draws the eye upwards towards the ceiling makes a room feel bigger and gives the illusion of height even if you don’t necessarily have very high ceilings. By using unique colours or shapes for the shelves you essentially trick people’s eyes to look upward.
Make use of multi-purpose items
The less furniture you have in a small room the bigger it will look. By owning furniture that also seconds a storage, such as a bed with built in drawers, you can minimise the amount of clutter and unneeded furniture you have in your home and it will look so much bigger.
Keep furniture away from the wall
Having big furniture right up against the wall makes everything look and feel cramped,
Choose statement furniture that fills the room, even having a few inches of space between your furniture and the wall can make the space in the room look more open and spacious.
Statically place mirrors to create the illusion of space
If you have bare space in your room, adding mirrors will make it look bigger. The mirror will not only reflect light but also will create the illusion of depth and height to the room. Placing a mirror opposite a window to reflect the outdoors is especially effective and mirrors on the walls and glass tabletops will give the room a more open feel to it.
Use bold wall art
Instead of cluttering the room with photos or small art pieces, use a single bold, large piece of artwork. This helps to create one focal point in the room to give it depth and structure. One large canvas above a couch or bed is a great choice and is a great way to draw eyes to one point in the room.
The key to give the perception of space and to make a small space look bigger is to minimise clutter. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel more cramped than having too much stuff. Keep the floor as clear as possible, with items neatly arranged and out of sight the space will feel more open.
Leave your windows uncovered
Natural lighting is going to expand an areas sense of space and depth and make it look less crowded. If you’re worried about privacy and decide that you do need curtains, stay away from darker colours and use sheer or white curtains.
Use short furniture
Tall furniture can make the ceiling of an area look smaller than it is. By buying furniture that is lower to the ground, you create more space above it, which makes the wall look cleaner and the ceiling look higher.
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