Living in smaller quarters has its ups and downs. For one, you don’t have as much space to clean up. On the other hand, you don’t have as much space to use. Whether it’s because of your budget or how great the location is, some of us seem to be cramped into living spaces that feel too small. But there are ways of getting around the minimal amount of space, and it doesn’t include getting tiny furniture. To help you make the most of your small space, we put together a list of tips to open up any room.
- Proper Lighting - Most rooms have some source of overhead lighting, but it doesn’t reach all areas of the room. Instead of only using the overhead, try using three smaller lights positioned throughout the room. Also try positioning the lights so that they will reach the corners of the room that the overhead may have missed.
- Mirrors - If more lamps in your room will make it feel crowded, another great way to bring light into the room is with mirrors. An oversized mirror positioned across from a window will reflect a large amount of natural light. Another way to trick the eye is framing the mirror to look like a window, making the room seem more open.
- Matching - When picking out your color scheme and accessories, be sure to choose at least a couple different patterns and colors. When everything matches it makes the room feel like it’s all one piece. To trick the eye, use different color schemes for throw pillows and couches. Most importantly, avoid matching your furniture with the wallpaper or paint.
- Curtains - You might not think that curtains can have an effect on the size, but they certainly do. Avoid curtains or blinds that only cover the windows. Full length curtains will give the illusion of higher ceilings. Also try using lighter colored sheer curtains that match or go well with the wall color to achieve a larger looking room.
- Excess - No matter how big or small an item is, if you have an excess amount of it, your room will feel smaller and cluttered. If you’re someone who likes to change your decorations with the seasons, make sure all of the previous season’s decor is put away before bringing out more. Also, avoid pushing furniture to the edges of the room. The open area may seem bigger at first, but you will soon realize it only highlights the small amount of space left.
Do you have any other tips or trick that you use to keep small rooms looking large? Let us know in the comments section, and check out any of the items shown in our showroom or online!