Whether you’ve just moved into a new rental, have purchased your own home, or are looking to sell nice and quickly, it’s always helpful to make a small space in your house look and feel larger, either for yourself or potential buyers.
Without knocking down walls or adding other large costs to a budget, you can actually make a room seem more expansive through your choice and arrangement of decor. In a small space, every part of the interior design matters, from your choice of paint and selection of area rugs, to your placement of furniture and use of color.
No matter if you have a tiny bedroom, a minuscule bathroom, or a living room that is trying to accommodate lounging, dining, work and more, there are things you can do to make the space more functional, chic, and inviting. If you need some inspiration and a host of clever tricks, read on for top tips you can utilize to fool the eye and live in comfort today.
Choose Light and Neutral Colors
Darker tones are perfect if you want to make a large room feel cozy, but anytime you need to create an optical illusion of more space, stick with light shades. Unlike dark hues, which absorb light rather than reflect it, bright whites, fair creams, and other neutral colors make a space feel much more open, airy, and spacious.
When you need to make a room in your home appear bigger and brighter, choose fair tones not just for your walls but also your floors. As well, it’s a good idea to paint your moldings and wall trims in a shade that is lighter than the walls. This helps to make walls seems further back than they are, contributing to a feeling of space.
Select Furniture Carefully
One of the best ways to make a room feel bigger than it really is to pick your furniture very carefully. For starters, keep things simple. Instead of decorating a room with many different small pieces, which can make it seem cluttered and smaller, opt for as few larger items as possible. For example, in a living room, furnish it with one large couch rather than separate recliners.
It also helps to select some furniture, whether area rugs, couches or cabinets, that match the color on the walls, or that are in the same type of hue at least. This helps the pieces to blend into the room and will make the area appear more spacious.
When placing your pieces of furniture, leave a few inches between each item and the wall (especially large things such as sofas). Keep as much open space as possible, and make the floor visible, as it helps to make rooms seem larger.
Another top tip when selecting decor for a room is to use multi-functional furniture. For example, try sofa beds, ottomans, coffee tables that can be used as desks, beds that have storage underneath, or chests of drawers that can also be used as a dressing table. This way, you’ll need less pieces of furniture in a room and will create a more spacious feel.
When it comes to picking decor items, also consider buying things that are made from glass or Lucite. Clear furniture pieces are not only very fashionable these days, but also provide an additional benefit of not taking up as much visual space as their solid counterparts.
Let in the Light
To help make a room feel more spacious, stay away from dark, heavy drapes. Let in as much natural light as you can (this opens up any space in an instant) and decorate with sheer drapes or roman blinds that are in the same color as the walls.
Another way to create a feeling of space is to utilize mirrors. You can place a mirror across from a window to reflect light, or have two mirrors facing each other on opposite sides of a room to create an optical illusion of more space. Mirrored cabinet doors can also be beneficial.
Keep Things Clutter Free
If you have a small room to work with, you’ll need to be relentless about what stays. De-clutter, and then de-clutter some more, until you’re left with only the most necessary items in a room. Anything that hasn’t been used for the past year, or that you wouldn’t purchase again if you were starting from scratch, should be sold or donated to make more room.
Similarly, keep the space tidy and clear of paperwork, and create one focal point for the room. For example, in a living room this is most likely to be the couch. Also, ensure you don’t clutter the walls in a small room with lots of shelving, artwork or photographs, as this leads to the area feeling crowded and way too busy.