From dorm rooms to studio apartments, millions of rooms suffer from being too small for comfort. Thankfully, there are dozens of ways to open up space without much work at all. These expert tips will help you take your small room to the next level.
One of the first rules in making your space look bigger than it is will be painting your walls white. This opens up space and makes the room automatically feel less stuffy.
Hanging sheer drapes or curtains will give you better lighting and open up your space. Having thick curtains will only take away from this as they weigh your walls and windows down.
Having low to the ground furniture without any space underneath them can really close in a room. Exposing the legs of your couch, bed, ottomans, and more will make your floor space look much bigger.
This one is easier said than done, but if you can pull it off, then do it! Adding extra windows (if you can afford them) is a great bet. However, if you can’t, just make sure that the furniture isn’t covering what light you do have.
I cannot stress this enough, please take out anything that you don’t love. Knick-knacks do nothing but make a room look tiny. Find somewhere to put your stuff that isn’t out in the open or get rid of it.
If you have a zebra print rug, you’re doing it wrong. Keep your couch, rug, and lampshades simple. Using simple patterns can really flatten a room and draw the eye to the more spacious ascpects.
Less Furniture is More
Rather than having four chairs, two couches, and a loveseat, stick with one couch and a loveseat. That is, if you don’t need the extra seating. The point is, the fewer pieces of furniture you have, the better.
Got an empty wall? Add a mirror. These mirrors will reflect the light in the room and create an endless space. The best place for these are the walls opposite the windows!
This one is all about preference, but if you love a good bookcase, then add one floor to ceiling. This will elongate the space! Just make sure your case isn’t too cluttered.
One important thing to remember when picking out a small lamp is to get one that adds a lot of light. A small lamp will give you the light you need without taking up a ton of room.
Choose Vertical or Horizontal
It doesn’t matter which one. The only thing that matters is that you choose one or the other. Mix and matching will create chaos that will make your room seem like a tiny puzzle.
Furniture Away From Walls
Keeping your furniture a few inches from your walls, creates an illusion of more space. It’s an ancient trick that still works to this day, so utlize it!
Looking for that perfect table? Try one with a removable center insert. That way, you can add it in when company visits and take it out when you’re alone.
Now I don’t mean to keep your windows open all the time. Rather, make sure that your curtains are pulled to the side and not covering that beautiful light. Simple tip, big results.
No Heavy Pieces
This may be hard but if your favorite piece of furniture belongs in the stone age, you are on the wrong track. Keep things light and airy!
Leave Middle Space Empty on Walls
While furniture should be raised, wall art should be lowered. There should be three spaces in your wall: top, middle, and bottom. Keep your wall art either in the top space or the bottom space.
Busy may seem fancy to you, but the truth is, simple structures will make your room look much nicer. The simpler your furniture and accents are, the better.
Clear a Pathway
This little secret is used by interior designers everywhere! If you didn’t know, you would never notice! In each room, make sure that you can walk directly to the next room/door without running into anything. Simple as that!
Glass, Glass, Glass
There’s nothing that opens up a room like transparency. Using glass tables, chairs, and accessories can do wonders for your space. Just remember, don’t throw rocks in your room of glass!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how many people forget to utilize it. Adding hidden space is the best way to add to your open space.
Do not get short curtains, I repeat, do not get short curtains! This will only make your room look stubby. Curtains that lengthen your windows will lengthen your room.
Don’t Let Curtains Touch Ground
While it is true that you should get long curtains, a common mistake is getting them too long. A rule of thumb is to not let them touch the ground. Almost touching is perfect!
Big Wall Art
I can’t say that the bigger the wall art, the better. But I can say that bigger wall art is superior to smaller wall art in small spaces. Having a bunch of tiny pictures will only clutter the room. Stick with a large accent piece.
While small lamps work well in bedrooms, more often than not, standing lamps work well in living areas. But make sure that they have thin stems and small shades or you’ll only be looking for trouble.
Large Furniture Can Help
Heavy furniture is a big no-no, but large furniture is a yes! It’s a touchy game to play, but in bedrooms especially, larger pieces tend to make the room feel less cluttered and more spacious.
Great Overhead Light
There are a few things to remember with overhead lights. First of all, it has to be bright. Second, get something that really speaks to a room. A pretty piece that isn’t too bulky. And third, nixing it all together (if you have good natural light) isn’t a bad idea.
Now this is a strange concept, but bear with me. Adding shelving to the top of the room can draw your eye upward, making the room seem much taller than it is.