A lot of people live in a small home, a small room, or let’s just say, a small space. Here are some tips to make your room seem bigger; through some decorating changes anything is possible!
Out with the Clutter
There’s nothing that makes a small space feel more cramped than having too much stuff around. Work out ways to get your collections out of view, organized behind doors, table skirts, or on shelves. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.
Open the way
With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and out towards open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving certain furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it seem larger. If you can see the floor, the room will look larger. You can move short pieces of furniture such as open chairs, open tables and couches and place them along a wall rather than out in open spaces.
Choose colors that will give the room a spacious feel
Avoid using dark colored surfaces on tables, chairs, etc. Instead, use light, cool colors - this will make the space feel open and airy. For optimum effect, select soft tones of blues and greens. A monochromatic color scheme also comes into play; you should choose colors that are in the same color family. Warm colors on most surfaces give the room a more open look.
Coordinate Wall and Furniture Colors
Contrasting colors tend to break up a space. Pieces of furniture are less interrupting and tend to blend in with the space if their colors match the wall color.
Let in Light
Any room will look larger if it’s well-lit, either by natural light or artificial lighting. Get rid of those heavy draperies and open up the windows to let the light of the outdoors into the space. Add more lamps to give additional light to the room.
By using material that you can see through, anything beyond will appear farther away especially when you use glass tables. For example, if your bathroom has a opaque glass shower enclosure, substitute it with a clear frameless one and the room will look bigger. If you use glass or lucite for tabletops, with a sturdy base of wood, stone, or metal, the space around the table will open up the view beyond!
You might not like the look of a mirrored wall, but you have to admit that it always makes a room look larger. Instead, you can use a large framed mirror on a wall or put up an over-sized framed mirror against a wall. You’ll get the same room-enlarging effect as a mirrored wall, but with more style. The space and the light will be reflected giving a more open feeling.
Believe It or Not, BIGGER is Better !
Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces which would make a small space look cluttered. With open space and large blocks of color, the room will appear more calm and comfortable. ‘
Keep the Upholstery Plain
Select plain colored upholstery for furniture instead of bold plaids, stripes or prints. Use texture for interest and stick to neutral tones if you can.
Airy, Light Fabrics
Sheer fabrics allow light to pass through window treatments, bed skirts, table covers, and furniture slipcovers. If you want something other than plain colors, find soft floral vines or simple stripes to keep the look simple.
By following some of these simple rules about decorating a small space, your home will feel comfortable, not cramped.