Small spaces, although cosy, can quickly make you feel cramped and become a pain to organise. Luckily there’s plenty you can do to make a snug room feel spacious. Our designers have put together 7 tips and tricks of the eye that can easily be incorporated into your room today!
Keep it light!
Dark colours are trendy and fun to work with but a definite no-no when it comes to small rooms. They make the room appear dark and uninviting whereas lighter hues cast the illusion of a larger space. Opt for paints with softer tones like white or peach or use lighter shades of other colours. A blush pink or light lemon will look extremely chic whilst reflecting enough light to expand the room. Also, try to limit your colour choices to two shades of the similar colour. Contrasting colours in a small space can give off a cluttered effect and make the room look messy.
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
Start by installing a couple of mirrors to instantly make your room look bigger. Maybe even devote a wall for a cute design using multiple mirrors, salon style! Definitely try this tip out as Mirrors will do wonders when it comes to creating a greater sense of openness.
Be clever with lighting
This hack works like magic! Definitely, use blinds or sheer curtains to maximise the natural lighting of your room and if you don’t have many windows you can style the room with some lighting fixtures and lamps to bring in more light. This tip is sweet and simple but will go a long way in making your room appear both lengthy and homey.
Striped walls may seem like a bold move but they’re very effective when it comes to how large your room looks. Horizontal stripes will help the room appear wider and vertical stripes will make your ceilings look higher than they actually are. The stripes can be applied to your walls with some painter’s tape and help make your room look much more inviting in the blink of an eye!
Ditch the clutter
Always remember that less is more when picking the furniture for a small room! If you organise your room to look neat and orderly, space will feel much more open. So definitely don’t use many pictures, maybe choose one large picture or a few small ones. Try your best to cut back on ornaments and let your walls breath. If you really want to use a decorative piece, 3D geometrical wall art is extremely stylish and also very easy and affordable to make at home using just a few straws and some spray paint! The most important trick is to keep your floors as clear as possible and a few of your shelves empty. This will create a light airy look that will create an illusion of space.
The key is to utilize the space you have to its maximum potential. Use furniture that can serve a dual purpose such as a sofa bed or a bed with storage space underneath. Try to use a small dining table or ones that have drop leaves that allow it to become smaller when you’re not using it. These types of furniture are smart and will guarantee you make the most of your space!
Go big or go home
You would think decorating with small furniture would be the obvious thing to do in a modest room, right? But the truth is small pieces of furniture will make your room look unappealing and cluttered. You should actually be using one big prominent piece of furniture and centring the room around that, if it’s your bedroom it would be your bed, for the living room it would be your sofa or a statement armchair, etc.