Limited space always seems a problem when decorating a small room. Yet there are several reasons why small is better. Small rooms are easier to clean, organize and decorate. However, your family room, living room, or sitting room won’t be very appealing to spend time in if it feels cluttered and cramped for space. But what if you could trick your eye into thinking it’s bigger than it is? Magic? Certainly not! All you need is to be clever with your layout, furniture size and overall use of space. Here are some practical ways to make your small room look bigger than it actually is. 

Scale down your space

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The law of proportion plays a significant role when dealing with furniture for your small spaces. In simple terms, assuming a single piece of furniture catches up against your room boundaries, let’s say sideways or around it, then it’s probably far too large for that room. It is essential to leave a little space between your furniture and the walls in order to create a greater sense of roominess. 

However, for your bedroom, there is one exception – having a queen bed pushed against the wall, for example, makes for a comfortable sleeping cavern. Likewise, stay away from heavy, profound pieces that may take a lot of usable space. For instance, a sleek couch or single seater sofa will take up substantially less floor space within your room. If you have a taste for large mirror pieces, hang them on your wall.  Placing it on the floor will take up too much valuable space.

Keep it simple and low profile

Low grounded furniture creates a sense of more room due to the enormous space they leave above them. For instance, select a loft bed or position your mattress lower towards the ground in your bedroom. You can go for mid-century pieces or a 19th-century furniture design style for your lounge or living area if you have a taste for romance or ornate pieces. Additionally, this low profile look makes more space available for other essentials within your room.

Avoid high-legged furniture pieces

Creating the illusion of more space is tied in with creating a feeling of openness and movement. Streamlined furniture allows more light and air to flow not only above it but beneath and around it. This makes your furniture create a floating illusion. If possible, choose mid century contemporary low leg furniture pieces or an ideal soaring furniture piece like the butterfly chair.

Mirror your wall

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Every discussion centred around small spaces needs to include mirrors to create a superior sense of openness. Mirrors do reflect the light and create an illusion of more space in your home interior. Mirrors can make your room appear larger and more spacious. Establish a central point and position your mirrors in a way that creates a depth illusion. Your wall mirrors will reflect natural and artificial light during night and day for a brighter interior. Functional and decorative mirrors are easy additions for any room and can trade minimal effort for the ultimate impact.

Select contrasts and light colours

It is established within the design world that lighter paint colour choices can make your room appear bigger and brighter. Reflective light and bright walls create an open and airy space which maximizes the natural light effect. Dark colours tend to absorb light to make your room appear smaller. Accenting your walls is another approach for creating a more prominent room appearance. Accent walls can additionally add to your space colour decoration without overpowering it.

But which colours are best for making your room seem larger? Select soft tones such as off-white, greens, and blues for optimal effect. Likewise, you may want to paint your mouldings and wall trim with a lighter colour than your wall. This makes your walls seem farther back and create an illusion of bigger space.

Remove the clutter

This is where you need to bring out your inner Kondo and make your room spotless and well organized. A clean and organized room won’t just produce more euphoria indoors, but nothing causes a room to feel too confined than one excessively filled with clutter. Keeping your belongings organized and out of sight will create an open and more orderly space. Minimalism also applies to your walls. Avoid covering your walls with many pictures. A large painting works better than hanging several pieces if you want to create ample space. If you have any items you need to keep but rarely use, you might want to find the best affordable storage option available to hold these items to allow for extra space in your home.  

Have a focal point

Figure out how to make your small space look larger using a focal point – one region or highlight that effectively draws the eye’s attention. For your bedroom, it could be the bed or a snazzy headboard. Make that focal point the highlight of the room. Organize or style your furniture in a way that attracts attention and keep the style of the remaining space to the barest minimum.

Keep your room simple

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Tiny living spaces require creativity and modification, therefore, you simply cannot have too many pieces, patterns and possessions in that space. Do away with specific furniture items that offer so little yet tend to take up the most space. Keep away from overwhelming colours and busy designs, however, if you are keen to use a particularly loud wallpaper, be sure to fix it on an accent wall. Do the same with your colours and paint only a wall or door with one colour to make it stand out.

In conclusion, you need to be disciplined and purposeful about everything you keep in your smaller spaces. Assuming you are going for wallpaper to accent your wall, then leave the rest of the room alone. If you are going to hang that large oil painting in your room, ensure it remains the only piece in the room. These tips should make your space work and feel expansive.

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I'm Stacey, in my (very) early 30's, from a small village in North Lincolnshire. I'm a stay at home mum to two boys and a mental dog. You'll find me blogging mainly about food & lifestyle with a bit of random thrown in.

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