How to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger
Small spaces come with charm, but also challenges. There’s a thin line between cozy and cramped. However, a few strategic tips and tricks can combat a tight space and make your home seem much larger. We’ve gathered eight room-expanding ideas that will make a big impact and maximize the use of your space.
Adopt a Light Color Scheme for Small Spaces
Color affects the way we see space. Light colors tend to recede and make a room seem more spacious while dark colors tend to advance and can make a large room seem smaller. Paint the room with light colors to enlarge the space. Want to take it a step further? Use decor and furniture in a similar color palette for a seamless blend into the wall or try a monochromatic look by painting your walls, trim and detailing in different shades of one color.
Opt for Hidden Storage & Multipurpose Furniture
Using multifunctional furniture like a storage ottoman or bed with drawers underneath will allow for more open space. Items like these will conceal what doesn’t need to be seen. Try an expandable dining table for an easy way to save space and increase your table settings when guests are over.
Decorate with Stripes
Utilizing stripes in your decor will elongate a room. Vertical stripes will make a room feel taller while horizontal stripes make the space feel longer. Either will give the illusion of more space but don’t go crazy with them. If you’re not careful, bold patterns can make the room seem too busy.
Get into Transparent Furniture
Transparent items will trick the eye into thinking there’s more space than there actually is. Anything see-through will open up the view beyond. Try a glass table top or an acrylic chair. They won’t take up as much visual space as a solid piece of furniture.
Uncover Those Windows
Drapes and curtains can distract from a room and add more bulk. Uncovered windows will let in natural light, giving the room more depth. If you’re worried about privacy, frost your windows. If you absolutely have to have curtains, try sheer ones or curtains that match the wall color for a subtle look.
Choose Furniture with Exposed Legs
Instead of boxy furniture that sits directly on the floor, opt for couches and chairs with raised legs. The legs will draw the eyes upward. The space between the floor and furniture will make the room seem more open and give the illusion of more space.
Go Big or Go Home
Contrary to belief, bigger pieces of furniture can actually make your space seem larger. Multiple, smaller pieces can do more harm than good. Too much furniture can quickly and easily make the area seem cluttered. A couple of large, simple pieces or just one prominent furniture piece is the way to go.
Use One Flooring Material
Continuous and consistent flooring throughout the home will create a smooth, seamless effect. It will effortlessly connect every room in your home. Wider wood planks will help the rooms flow and appear spacious. For the bathroom, use large tiles instead of wood.
These tricks of the eye will easily stretch out a small living space, giving you the room that you desire. All it takes is some conscious effort. By incorporating these concepts, your home will transform in no time.
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