Are you currently living in a small home with tiny rooms? Do you have a small room in your house that you would like to make look larger? You’ve come to the right place! In this article, we are going to go over some simple ways you can make your space look larger. From mirrors to paint colours, to the size of furniture you add to the room, a lot of things come into play.
Remember, the more light you add to a room, the larger it will appear, so be sure to keep this in mind when decorating!
So get ready to make your small space look a whole lot bigger with these simple steps below!
Neutral colours are great for making a room look larger! Lighter wall colours are more reflective so the light coming in from windows and lighting can really open a space up. On the other hand, darker shades consume light and thus make a room look smaller. Another little tip is to paint your baseboards and mouldings in a lighter colour than your walls to make your walls appear as though they are farther back. So what colours should you use? Try whites and off-whites, greys or very light colours such as blue or yellow. Once your walls are painted, you will want to make sure to mix some lighter-toned furniture in the room as well. Add colour with bold accents such as one large furniture piece, throw pillows, rugs or vases.
Much like the lighter paint colours, mirrors can also reflect an abundance of light in a room to make a small space seem larger. Not only can a mirror reflect a bunch of light, but it also creates the illusion of depth in the reflection! It is a good idea to create a focal point in the room and angle your mirrors toward the focal point to give an appearance of depth. Depending on the size of your wall, you might even be able to get away with a fairly large mirror for maximum effectiveness! But try not to overcrowd smaller walls with lots of hanging fixtures. Glass tabletops and see-through furniture can also have the same effect as mirrors, so try mixing some of that into your furniture as well!
This might be a tip you haven’t tried before! Using furniture with exposed legs creates an illusion of more space underneath of furniture as well which makes the entire room appear more open. Chairs, couches and beds with skirts can look chunky and seem like they are taking up more space than they really are. With exposed legs, light can filter underneath your furniture which makes the room feel airier and more spacious. Not to mention, more modern! Furniture with skirts is starting to look boxy and out of date. Adding a small rug underneath your furniture can also help to add some colour and warmth to the room. Don’t go too big with the rug or else it will make the room look smaller.
You can pair lamps with overhead lighting to fill your space with light in every corner. Remember, the more light the better to make your room look as large as possible! Setting up a lamp in every corner of the room may seem excessive, but it will definitely give the illusion of more space. Just make sure these lamps aren’t big and bulky. Using lamps with a reflective base such as stainless steel or nickel is great for making a room appear larger, or even transparent bases as well! Having additional sources of light in a room makes it feel more spacious and expansive. It is even more helpful in rooms that don’t have an abundance of natural light filtering in.
Floor-to-ceiling curtains may seem like they are taking up more space than they need to, but they can actually create the illusion of a larger space. Of course, if you would rather keep the windows open without any sort of cover, that will for sure add maximum light. But, if you would like to dress up the room and add some length to the walls, try super long curtains! Hanging curtains from the highest point that fall down to the floor will create a long line for the eye to follow, thus giving length to the room. You can also try hanging an extra long curtain rod that extends past the window edges to make the window seem even larger!
This is a tip that every single decorating article will tell you. It is also the hardest tip to follow because clutter is so easily collected. It can be hard to find places for the smaller items in your home that aren’t being used at the moment. Clearing clutter off of your countertops and tabletops is a sure way to instantly add more space in a room. Not only does it make your space look larger, but it looks much tidier as well. Try organizing clutter into bins and baskets or drawers. Or, throw out the things you don’t need. For a great article on purging your stuff, check out this link! It will also help you organize and declutter!
You want to make sure that there isn’t any furniture in the way of room entries and exits. You shouldn’t have to squeeze by the couch to sit on it or maneuver your way around the dining room table to sit. Keep a clear path for getting to and from high traffic areas. Make sure that people aren’t running into things while coming in and out of the room. You can also create the illusion of more room by keeping a slight space in between furniture so that it isn’t up against the wall. Couches and beds that are placed away from the wall can make your room look larger and airier.
This tip is great for storage and decorating. If you have exposed shelving, you won’t want to fill the shelves with all of your stuff, try instead adding a few books, a nice plant and a vase. Remember the 80/20 rule when setting up exposed shelving. If your built-in shelves come with doors and drawers, this is great for storing those extra items that are lying around – taking up space. Built-in shelving can make a room look bigger because of the use of storage as well as the fact that it is flush to the wall. Rather than using a storage unit such as a buffet or wardrobe that will take up precious space in a smaller room.
Speaking of storage, have you seen coffee tables and couches that have hidden storage features? These are great pieces to add to your small room! You can throw things like blankets, pillows, notebooks, pens, etc into these storage areas and no one will even know they are there! Hidden storage furniture is also great for clutter. However, be sure to go through these storage areas every so often to make sure you aren’t holding onto a bunch of stuff you don’t need. Out of sight means out of mind when it comes to hidden storage!
In conclusion, we hope you enjoyed these easy tips on making your small space look larger. Just by changing a few simple things such as your wall colour, adding more light and changing up your furniture, can have such a large effect on a room. Who knew that creating an illusion of a larger space was that easy! Now your spare bedroom will look roomy and inviting for your guests.
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