Whether you’re a young adult starting a new adventure away from home, a first-time homeowner, or an empty-nester that’s looking to downsize, living in small space is a situation almost everyone faces at some point in their lives. But a small space doesn’t mean you have to be cramped, and a little bit of creative design can go a long way to help you get the most out of your room when space is at a premium.
Here are 5 simple small room renovations to help make your small space look bigger (without knocking down any walls!)
Choose your furniture wisely
Furniture in a small space is all about proportions. Furniture that is low to the ground will create a feeling of openness, and the accompanying décor pieces should follow suit. By leaving more space above the room’s furniture, you’ll be emphasizing the height of the room, making it feel bigger than it actually is.
Another good tip to create a sense of roominess is to always keep a little air in between the sides of your furniture and the walls. Even just a few inches in between the walls and your bigger pieces of furniture can make the space look more open.
Lastly, opting for sofas and armchairs that are on raised legs can create a sense of light and space, and if you’re feeling squeezed for storage space, multi-purpose ottomans or coffee tables with hidden storage will do the trick!
Paint with pale hues
Using white or other pale hues is a time-tested strategy to solve the dilemma of small spaces in your home. Light colours can open up the space visually, and bring in lots of natural light to brighten both the space and your mood. The effect of painting the walls and ceilings white can blur the boundaries of the room, and cause your eyes to drift up, making the ceilings seem higher.
Draw attention upwards
Speaking of drawing the eye upwards, there are many things that you can do to emphasize the vertical space in your room and increase the sense of openness. Painting the ceiling a darker colour or using a pattern that pops will draw attention upward and give the illusion of height. While pale colours open up a room, dark ceilings create depth and make the room look larger than it actually is. Another way to draw attention upwards and create the illusion of openness is with tall shelves, or vertical shelves that hang near the ceiling.
Mirrors, mirrors on the wall
Perhaps the simplest way to make a small space appear larger is with the strategic use of mirrors. Mirrors will reflect the light in your room, and they also reflect the view, which tricks the eye into doubling the space that’s actually there. Floor-to-ceiling or wall-to-wall mirrors will offer the most dramatic effect, but an assortment of small mirrors that are utilized properly can go a long way. Another good idea is to simply replace your existing closet doors with mirrored ones.
Wave goodbye to window treatments
Similar to the optical illusion that can be created with the use of mirrors, removing dark-inducing drapes can give the illusion of depth to a room. Drapes, curtains and even rugs can make a small room feel even more cluttered, and eliminating them will not only keep the space simple, but also reveal the natural landscape outside.