Are you sick of feeling cluttered with a small room or apartment? There are so many different ways in which you can make a room look bigger without having to knock down walls. In this article, we will go through some helpful tips on how to make a small room look bigger. When you have a small room, everything counts to make the most out of space. This includes colour schemes, mirrors, lighting, fitted furniture and the rest we will go through. All of these techniques can fool the eye and make our claustrophobic room feel much bigger than it actually is.
Use Light Colours and Contrast
This one is pretty well known but in the design industry light colours of paint help to make a room look much brighter and bigger. Light bright walls reflect the natural light that makes a room feel aired out and open which maximises the effects of natural light. Dark colour schemes will often absorb all the light and make a room look much smaller. Other techniques include using one wall as an accent wall which will make the room more decorative.
There are many different colours that you can use to feel the maximum effect of a lighter bigger room. Soft colours work the best such as off white, pastel blues and greens and natural linen colours. The important thing to remember is the brighter the bigger. A really helpful tip is to paint your wall trims and frames in a lighter colour so the walls look like they go back further than they do.
Use Creative Lighting To Open A Space
Natural light is great for making a room look much bigger than it is, but some people may not be able to achieve this due to minimal natural light sources. Not to worry though because there is something else that you can do. Adding some statement lighting fixtures can make the room look bigger, you will be surprised with how much of a difference it makes.
If you have access to natural light then you are one of the lucky ones. Have all your curtains, blinds or whatever you have to hide light open. If you have bad views then you could always decorate the window by adding some nice flowers or plants.
Clear The Clutter
Clutter is the bane of everyone’s life when they live in a small space. The amount of times things are kicked or you just feel like you can’t breathe is horrible. By keeping your space tidy and organised you will feel so much better as small spaces feel even more cramped when you have too much stuff lying around. Opt for different types of storage containers or boxes to organise your stuff. Having the visible things organised gives the room a much nicer feel and make the place look bigger.
Minimalism is key when it comes to making a space look larger, this is also the case with walls. Withstand the urge to place lots of art on the walls as this will make the wall look messy and small. Opt for one large piece of art for the wall as this will contrast and make the room look more appealing. You can get some great wall art prints that match the decor of your space. Opt for small rugs rather than large ones as this can help to create the illusion of more floor space.
Create Focal Points Around The Home
A room will look bigger if you have focal points in a room. To make people think the room is bigger, there needs to be some sort of point in a room where people are drawn. Examples include the dining room will be the table, the bedroom will be the bed and if it’s the office then it will be the desk. Make the focal points the star of the room and let it get the glory it deserves. By removing all the accessories and keeping the room minimal, it will create the effect of a large room.
Natural light is such a useful resource to help make a room look larger. If you have minimal natural light you can also look at adding a mirror or two within the room. If you place the mirror opposite the window, you will find that the room is going to feel so much bigger through its reflection. You could also do this by placing it against your focal point to add some more depth to the space. There are other ways you can make places look larger such as having glass top tables, mirrors on walls and also mirrors on cabinets.
Be Sensible With Your Furniture
Using size-appropriate furniture is going to seriously improve and increase the space you have in a room. By allowing smaller furniture, you will be able to make the space much larger due to clunky sofas not taking up all the room. Opt for a smaller sofa and possibly a chair to make the room look larger. You can also be smart with your furniture such as having multifunctional furniture such as a chest that can be used as storage and a coffee table, a sofa bed, a bed with storage underneath, nesting tables and much more. There are so many options for multifunctional furniture, it’s just up to you to find the right ones.