Does the smallest room in your home make you uncomfortable? Confined?
You may lament the lack of space when you’re designing and decorating it, but small spaces can work great. For starters, they’re easier to decorate, organize and keep clean than bigger rooms. That give you the time to do more constructive work.
But there are many simple design ideas that can fool the eye and make your interiors look more spacious. How the furniture is arranged, smart lighting and different colour techniques can maximize a smaller area. Remember, in a limited space, everything counts.
Let’s look at the best possible ways to make your room look bigger by applying a few simple, clever tricks.
A Quick Guide to Make a Small Room Look Bigger Than It is
Get Rid of Clutter
Keep small rooms tidy and organized. Nothing makes small spaces seem more cramped than having unnecessary things lying about.
Clutter can easily overpower a room and make it look even smaller. The age-old adage ‘less is more’ holds true when there are unneeded items taking up precious space.
An easy way to make room is to declutter. Get rid of decorations, artificial flowers, plants and other knick-knacks that serve no purpose. Work out ways to get these items out of view and organized behind doors or on shelves. When things are arranged neatly and kept out of sight, the space automatically feels more open and orderly.
Maintain a Low Profile (So to Speak!)
Having furniture low to the ground creates a sense of openness in any room. If you’re dealing with a small bedroom, go for a loft bed or, even better, place a mattress directly on the floor if the design scheme allows it.
When considering a petite living room, choose low-to-the-ground mid-century furniture. Or, if you have ornate and romantic preferences, low-profile 19th century pieces will also be perfect for your home.
Install Sheer Window Treatments
Steer clear of heavy, bulky and decorative window treatments. They may look pretty, but valances, drapes, curtains and cornices are generally made with heavy materials to keep out natural light.
If you’re designing a little room with windows, bright sunlight can make your room bigger and more spacious. Consider installing sheer lace curtains, slatted blinds or shades, or bamboo shades that allow light to pass through while maintaining privacy. When closed, slatted blinds also offer privacy, and bamboo shades are great at providing a modest amount of seclusion. The woven material of bamboo shades allows sunlight to filter through and is a great option for smaller rooms.
Another thing to consider is to buy window treatments in solid colours instead of stripes, prints and bold plaids. Use texture to add interest and neutral tones wherever possible.
Mirrors can work wonders to make a room appear larger. You can angle them to reflect a focal point to give an illusion of depth.
They’re also a great accessory to reflect both artificial and natural light to make a room brighter both during the day and at night. Placing a mirror opposite a window can make it reflect the outdoors, bringing nature into the room without having to add any natural elements.
A large mirror with an ornate frame will elevate the room’s look and feel, although they do tend to be expensive. If you’re working within a budget, you could group smaller mirrors together and paint the frames in the same colour to create a sense of uniformity.
Choose a Light Colour Scheme
Light colours make a space appear bigger and brighter whereas dark colours can make it seem dull and suffocating. Walls with light colours reflect more light, give an open and airy sense and help maximize the effect created by natural light. As darker colours absorb light, they do the opposite.
For the best possible effect, choose softer tones of green, blue and off-white. You can also paint the wall mouldings and trimming in a colour lighter than the walls. This will make it look as though the walls are father back than they are.
Emphasize the Vertical and Horizontal
Whether it’s a bare hanging bulb, a tall bookshelf, an ornate table or a designer bed, having elements that emphasize vertical and horizontal space increases the sense of openness. Simultaneously, it will enhance the feeling of flow and movement. Remember, it boils down to creating a sense of motion.
Just like tall furniture creates a sense of dynamism and mirrors reflect light, anything that makes the eyes travel around the room in an orderly, yet intentional fashion will make it feel bigger.
Incorporate Lucite and Glass
By incorporating see-through materials, items placed beyond them will seem farther away and will further open the space.
For instance, in a cramped bathroom, ditch an opaque shower enclosure for a clear frameless one. Although the room will be the same size, it will seem more open as you’ll be able to see to the back of the shower. Also, consider Lucite or glass tabletops paired with a sturdy wooden, metal or stone base for other rooms. This will open up the area around the table.
When designing a small room to appear bigger, it comes down to editing. The more possessions, patterns and pieces, the smaller and more cluttered it will feel. The bottom line is to remember that everything must serve a purpose. Simplicity is the keyword. Experiment with different materials and furniture pieces and keep re-arranging until you achieve the desired effect. A simple design can make your room visually appealing and more spacious.