Whether you are a student living in a dorm or have an over-priced apartment in a metropolitan area, you know the struggle of making a tiny room look bigger and better. In a small space, everything counts. This is why we have written this article guide to help everyone in making their small rooms look bigger by simply applying some clever tricks.
Small rooms that are crowded and cluttered can make others feel uncomfortable and confining. But certain interior design tricks can fool the eye and make the room much more spacious than it is. We hope that these ideas inspire you:
Make Use of Light Colors or Dark Colors to Give Room a Depth
Medium shades can make your room look smaller, but if you use bright whites and deep dark colors in your room, you build depth and contrast that creates the illusion of a larger space.
Better Lighting is the Key
Natural light coming directly from the windows opens up the interior and make it look bigger. Some people don’t have bigger windows in their rooms, and if you are one of them, you can add some creative effects using lighting fixtures. You won’t believe that this mere addition of lighting in your room can make a big difference.
If you have large windows in your room, you can allow natural light to come into your home through them, instantly connecting the room with the outdoors. In case you have a bad view outside, you can put refreshing indoor plants near the windows along with a cool lamp to brighten the space.
Use a Monochromatic Color Scheme
So you like playing with colors? We recommend not to experiment with a variety of colors in your room if it is small because this may make the room appear smaller than it already is. You should opt for the same color family around the room and pair this setting with tone-on-tone upholstery fabrics, delicate tonal drapery fabrics, and textured wall finishes. Delicate warm colors and cool colors can give your small room a more open look.
Make Sure To Choose the Furniture Wisely
You may already know that using fewer bur larger pieces of furniture can make a room appear spacious, but there are some other things to consider as well, such as:
- Use glass or acrylic furniture like ghost chairs and waterfall tables take up negative space, making your room feel less crowded.
- Avoid anything boxy and wide. Go for large upholstered seating as it looks lighter and creates a sense of larger space when on raised legs.
- Have at least one or two pieces of furniture the same color as the walls because they blend in and creates an illusion of larger space.
Use Airy and Lightweight Fabrics
Avoid heavy fabrics, no matter how beautiful they are. This is because thick as curtains will absorb natural light and weigh your room down, making it look smaller.
Keep a Low Profile
Again, keeping low profile points to the furniture. Furniture that is lower to the ground creates a feeling of open space in a room because they leave more space above them, unlike the pieces of furniture that have bigger legs and a small space above. You can use a loft bed or even put your mattress directly on the floor.
If you are a retro lover, go for 19th-century furniture because it has a low profile.
Use Floor-To-Ceiling Curtains
Hanging long curtains below the ceilings that sweep all the way down to the floor instantly makes the ceilings look higher, creating an illusion of a spacious room. You can rush to the nearest IKEA store to get the best prices on long curtains.
Mirrors Can Do Wonders
Did you know before today that mirrors can make your room look bigger? You can angle your mirrors toward a focal point to give the illusion of depth. Another best thing that mirrors can do is reflect both natural and artificial light, making your room brighter during day and night. You can place a large mirror just near the window to reflect the outdoors; it won’t just make your room look bigger but also enhance its appearance.
You can even use mirrored cabinet doors to make surrounding spaces feel larger and store your important things in them without cluttering the room.
Make Use of Artwork with Wide Frames and Mats
Just like using fewer but larger pieces of furniture, you should hang less but larger pieces of art in your room. You can use artwork to create a focal point. Put smaller pieces of art in larger frames as they create a sense of wide space. Instead of using several small pieces grouped together, you can use fewer pieces with wider mats. This might seem like the same thing, but after following this smart trick, your room will look less crowded than before.
Organize Your Shelf
It is normal for everyone to stuff their shelves with things like books, shopping bags, and decoration pieces, but you should avoid filling your living room’s shelves because this may make it crowded and congested.
You should leave some empty spaces on your shelves to show the depth of the room and create a clutter-free look. However, if you have a lot of books, you can replace your ordinary rack with a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf as it will make your ceilings look higher.
Keep Your Windows Cleaned
If laziness doesn’t let you clean your windows, then bear in mind that dirty windows do not just spoil the look of your room but can also prevent light from coming in, and you know how important natural light is for your room to look bigger and better. If you don’t have a window cleaner in your home, you can go for a cheap option – fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, spray it on dirty windows and dry them using an old newspaper.
Draw the Attention to an Ancient Piece
Go shop for the best antique piece and hang/put it on a point away from the door, but it should be visible from the entrance. Eyes coming in will be drawn to it, which will make your room appear bigger and spacious.
Mount your LCD
If you have a small room, you shouldn’t put your television on a table, instead consider mounting it on a wall. This way, you will free up floor space. You can then put a floating shelf just underneath your LCD that you can use to place television boxes or DVD players.
Above All, Keep it Simple
Small spaces, such as living rooms are all about how you organize them well to look spacious. The more artwork, possessions, and stuff you have in your room, the more cluttered it will feel. If you have several pieces of art around the room, you should group them together so they can at least look more organized and less crowded.
The better you are in organizing your room’s appearance, the spacious it will appear to you and your guests.
The conclusion of this guide is that you should restrict yourself and consider everything that goes into your room. If you are an art lover, you shouldn’t fill up your small room with artwork. Instead, you can hang a single large piece of art that you like the most and make your room much less crowded. Same goes to the colors in your room, be simple about them – even if you want to go for the wallpaper accent wall, you should keep the rest of the room simple. We hope you find all these tips informative and helpful.