It’s a problem many urban dwellers face at some point – being crammed into a house or room that’s just too small. Whether fitting a bed into a room barely big enough, to making a dining area out of the living room, or getting used to a small space isn’t easy.
All’s not lost though. While you may not be able to add more space to a small room, with some smart decor choices you can definitely make it look bigger and more spacious. Read on for some practical tips that will make any small space inviting, functional, and stylish.
- Drape it right
When choosing drapes or curtains for the room, get them in the same color as the walls. Having the same color will give the illusion of space and make the room look bigger. You could also opt for sheer drapes if possible.
- Let there be light
Make use of natural light as much as possible. Open the windows in the daytime, or install sheer drapes to let in sunshine. Transparent glass windows make rooms look bigger and also let in the most natural light.
- Subtle hues
When painting the walls, think of a neutral color palette. Dark colors absorb light, and make a room look smaller, while a neutral color does the opposite. It reflects light, and makes the room seem bigger and more spacious.
- Pick prints carefully
When choosing printed upholstery or drapes for a small room, always go for small prints. Bigger prints make a room look smaller, while small prints have the opposite effect and give the illusion of space.
A very simple trick to create the illusion of space is to add mirrors in the room. A small room can be easily made to look larger by placing mirrors all around, especially on the walls. The reflection usually has a magnifying effect on small spaces.
- Ceiling color
Make your ceiling vibrant by painting it in a bright color. This will draw the eye upward, and create this illusion of a high ceiling. The higher the ceiling, the bigger the room will look.
- Fold-able furniture
When a room is small, you need to utilize every bit of space. The best way to free up space in a room and make it look bigger is by getting furniture that can be folded, stacked, or wheeled away. Spread it out when needed, and push it away when not in use.
- Color coordination
Make the room more streamlined by opting for color coordinated knick-knacks, show pieces, and other decorative items. When the space is streamlined and the decorations blend in with the color, it gives the illusion of more space.
- Striped floor
A great way to make a small room look bigger is to opt for striped flooring. When you have a striped floor of either marble, ceramic, or vinyl, it makes the room look never-ending, besides letting you show off your personality.
- Bare windows
Wherever possible, keep your windows uncovered to give a sense of space. Whether you keep them open or closed, keeping them without drapes, blinds, or curtains will make the room look larger.
- Experiment with furniture
The kind of furniture you put in a small room goes a long way in making it look spacious. To create an illusion of space, consider getting a few pieces of furniture in the same color as the walls. The furniture will blend in, and open up space.
- Avoid cramming
Free space looks elegant, and also makes a small room appear larger. Instead of filling up the entire place with furniture, leave some free space to give the room an airy look. It will also make moving around easier in a small room.
- Free the walls
People automatically tend to place furniture against the walls, not realizing that it makes a space seem smaller. Move your furniture away from the walls to make the space look more open. Use the gap between the wall and the furniture to create storage space.
- Use statement furniture
In small spaces, using one big piece of furniture is better than several smaller pieces. For instance, in a small living room, put one large sofa instead of multiple small pieces to decrease the sense of clutter and free up space.
- Avoid overhead fixtures
Overhead lighting makes all the light pool in one space, and makes the room look smaller by drawing the eye to one place. Instead, use a few smaller lamps in different parts of the room to spread the light around and draw the eye around the room.
- Show some leg
Instead of boxy furniture or a sofa with skirt, choose furniture with exposed legs. They free up the floor and create an illusion of space. Plus, they also look stylish.
- Transparent furniture
Glass or Lucite furniture are in vogue right now, and in a small space they are ideal because they don’t take up too much visual space. Using see-through furniture is a great way to create the illusion of space.
- Multi functional furniture
Reduce the need for multiple pieces of furniture by choosing ones that are multi functional. The ottoman is a great example of multi functional furniture since it can be used as a coffee table and also a chair.
- Dramatic pieces
Just because the place is small, doesn’t mean you can’t decorate it. Use big, dramatic pieces of art and paintings to adorn the walls, and create the sense of visual space.
There aren’t any hard and fast rules to decorating your home. You are free to choose any kind of furniture or decor that you think suits the place, even if that means thinking out of the box. Experimentation can lead to wonderful discoveries, and open up space in a small room.
A small space can be both cozy and functional. Keep experimenting with your room until you find the decor that’s perfect.