While some prefer tiny homes, others may lament the lack of space, especially when moving to and decorating a small room. Of course, they fail to notice how small spaces are much easier to decorate, keep clean, and organize– all three are a plus if you’re a busy bee like us!
So, if you’re looking to give your small room a makeover (or if it’s your first time living in one), these simple tips will help you make a small room look bigger without breaking the bank.
Resist the urge to clutter
Your room should never have too much stuff, whether you have a spacious one, but especially if you’re working with a small space. Work out ways to get collections out of view, organized behind doors, on table skirts, or shelves. Keeping your things neatly tucked and out of sight will help make your room feel orderly and open.
Keep the way open
Never let furniture and accessories block the view into your room, as it makes it look cramped. To avoid this, move your furniture out and away from walkways to open up the space and make it feel larger. You should also place large pieces of furniture along the wall rather than out in the open space. The ultimate takeaway– if you see the floor, the room will appear more spacious.
Soft and light hues do wonders
Sure, dark and warm colors help make your space feel cozy and intimate, but they won’t make it appear open and airy. Use cool colors, like soft tones of blue and green, for the optimum effect.
Go for a neutral color scheme
Choosing colors from the same family and using tone-on-tone upholstery fabrics, textured wall finishes, and tonal drapery fabrics immensely help make your space look larger. You should also consider delicate warm colors on most surfaces to give a small room a more open look.
Coordinated wall and furniture colors make all the difference
While contrasting hues can make a space look alive, it certainly won’t help make it look larger as it tends to break it up instead, making it appear even smaller. Match the wall color with your furniture to create an illusion of a bigger room.
Your light matters
A well-lit room, whether natural or artificial, looks larger. Get rid of heavy draperies, and open up your windows to let outdoor lighting get into your space. If you can’t, add more lamps or install track or recessed lighting instead.
Add some reflective surfaces
Large wall mirrors give a room-enlarging effect, as the room and light will be reflected, resulting in a more open feel. You can also top a coffee table or side table with a piece of beveled plate mirror or purchase a mirrored chest of drawers for a similar effect.
Go big or go home
Contrary to what most people may think, using a few large, simple pieces of furniture and accessories instead of several small ones will make your space look larger. With an open space and large blocks of color, your room will appear calm and more comfortable.
Plain upholstery beats bold prints
Avoid bold plaid, stripes, or prints if you have a small room– at all costs! Solid-colored upholstery for furniture is the way, and textures add interest too.
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