We all want lots of space in a home. Sometimes its possible but sometimes there’s compromise. That dream home you loved when it was purchased can feel cramped after a few years. You could move, which might be the right option for some, or you can work with what you have and make the most of it.
1. Use Light Colors on the Floor and Walls
Using dark paint brings in the walls and makes a room feel smaller. Instead use a lighter color for the opposite affect, and the same goes for the ceiling.
2. Don’t Over Crowd
What makes a room feel small? Too much stuff! Unnecessary side tables, over sized furniture, and giant ottomans all take up a lot of space and make a room feel crowded. If you can, opt for smaller low profile furniture. If you use small furniture in comparison the room will feel bigger.
3. Use Mirrors
For obvious reasons mirrors make a room feel bigger. They give the illusion of more space and help to brighten up a room by reflecting light. And for maximum affect hang the mirror opposite a window.
4. Big Art Rather Than Small
Similar to ‘don’t over crowd’, using one or two large pieces of wall art is better than a bunch of small ones. So if you have a small room that you want to feel bigger save the collage wall for a different space.
5. Floor to Ceiling Curtains
Curtains and windows have a big affect on how a room feels. Hanging floor to ceiling curtains emphasizes the vertical and makes a ceiling seem higher. Low ceilings is one of the biggest reasons a room feels small. Making the window look larger is also a great opportunity to make the room fell larger. To do this extend the curtain rod past the edge of the window and hang the curtains on the edges of the window. You can also experiment with not hanging any curtains, which can be the best option if the window is very small or in an awkward place.
Lighting, lighting, lighting. Having good light is one of the most important parts of decorating a home. Forget making a small room feel big, bad lighting can make any space feel dark and cramped. A lot of homes only come with one ceiling light and even those sometimes only have two light bulbs. Brighten and expand a room by placing floor and tabletop laps around the peripherals of a space. To really maximize the affect of good lighting install recessed lighting which has both a bright and soft affect.
Who hasn’t walked into the most cluttered room in their house and immediately felt the claustrophobia setting in. For a feeling of openness keep surfaces clear, clutter to a minimum and store magazines or remotes in a drawer. So put on an episode of Mari Kondo and get to work.
8. Pull Furniture Away From the Wall
Who knows why this works but it does. Something about the extra space between the furniture and the wall gives the illusion of additional space.
9. Multipurpose Storage
If you can find an ottoman that doubles as blanket storage or a side table with a few drawers to hide all those remotes, use it. Clutter makes a room feel crowded but you have to store it somewhere, but shelves and storage units are big, bulky, and make a room feel small. So get creative with your storage.
10. Leggy Furniture
Tables, chairs, and couches with longer legs that bring the furniture off the ground creates space visually. A lot of couches or recliners for example, sit on the ground and look heavy, giving the appearance that they take up more space than they do. Do the opposite and try to incorporate pieces that have longer legs.
11. Monochrome Decorations
You don’t have to do black and white with everything but picking a single color in different hues is easy for decorating, no color matching necessary, and it gives the space continuity,