One thing a lot of people struggle with is managing small spaces in their homes. In a small space, everything counts. Small rooms can feel confining and uncomfortable. Luckily we can utilize certain design concepts that fool the eye and make interiors seem much bigger and spacious than they are in reality. Here are 5 easy tips to make that room look bigger than it really is:
1. Use Light Colours
Cream colours and icy blues are just a few of the best colour combinations that can convert a tiny interior into a seemingly bigger living area. It is all about optical illusion. It is a generally known fact that light colours make a room look bigger and brighter. Light and brightly coloured walls are more reflective making a space feel open and airy, which helps maximize the effect created by natural light. Dark colours on the other hand absorb light, making a room look smaller. For an optimum effect, select soft tones of blues and greens, and always remember that brighter rooms look bigger and more inviting.
2. Lighting is a key element in opening up a space.
By allowing natural light to flow freely inside the room, you will be surprised at how this will open up the interior and make it look larger. If you do not have a lot of natural light, you can add some creative lighting effects. If you do have access to natural light, make full use of it and bring it into your home with the help of large windows. Make sure window coverings are sheer, or are pulled back, to bring more light in. If the view is bad, use hanging plants and potted flowers near the windows.
3. Cut the clutter
Keep your room tidy and organized. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open. A cluttered room equals a smaller room. Don’t cover your walls with a lot of pictures. If there’s too much going on, all clamouring for attention, it can make the room feel busy and crowded. Keep the floor as clear as possible. This is one of the most important ways to maintain a sense of spaciousness.
4. Well Placed Mirrors Can Do Wonders:
Mirrors can make your room look larger. The mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger. Placing a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors is especially effective. Mirrors on the walls and glass table tops will make it seem like there’s a more open flow. You can also use mirrored cabinet doors to make spaces feel large and uncluttered.
5. Inspired Furniture arrangements
Sometimes furniture can take a lot of space. To avoid that here are some useful tips:
•Use multi-function furniture like a chest that can be used as a coffee table, sofa beds, chest of drawers, and beds with drawers for storage. Use an expendable dining table, folding tables and nest of tables, which can be tucked away when you don’t need them.
•Place the large pieces of furniture against the walls so the open space in the middle is not broken up.
•Scale the furniture to fit the size of the room and don’t block walking pathways. With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it feel larger. If you can see the floor, the room will look larger. Having oversized sofas or too much furniture will make the living room look smaller.
•Consider having at least some of the furniture pieces the same colour as the walls. Even the bigger items like armoires and chest will begin to blend in to the room and widen out the room.
•Choose a sofa and chairs with open arms and exposed legs. A glass table will keep the appearance of an open and free space. This allows light to filter under the furniture, making the room appear airier.
Source: Freshome – Interior Design & Architecture Magazine- 6/6/2013