There’s a lot to be said for smaller living spaces. They can be easier to clean and maintain, have that cosy appeal you simply cannot recreate in a sprawling space, and don’t require so much expensive furniture to fill. But while we are championing the smaller space, that doesn’t mean it’s not important to make the most of what you have.
So with that in mind, here are a few design ideas you can use to make your small living space grow…
Use neutral shades
If there was just one tip we could give you to make the most of a smaller space, it would be to paint the room with neutral shades. Lighter, neutral colours help to expand the space by reflecting the light around the room, seemingly pushing the walls back and enlarging the area.
Some designers frown on the idea of painting one wall a deeper colour to create a focal point, but in a small room this can work wonders, giving the impression that the darker wall has receded and the space is larger than it is.
Aside from a focal wall, the colour scheme for small rooms should be neutral. That extends to your home furnishings and even down to your cushion choice. The furniture firm Oka has created this cushion combination tool to give you some idea of what will and won’t work.
Be bright with lighting
Lighting is one of your most powerful allies when creating the illusion of a larger space. In small rooms, don’t rely on a single light source as this will only cast a pool of light into the middle of the room. Instead, use multiple light sources located right across the room to open it up. Table lamps and floor lamps are just what you need to spread the light around the space. This will also give you more control over the type of mood you want to create.
Another popular trick for lighting smaller rooms is to light upwards rather than outwards. If you lack floor space but have high ceilings, you can draw attention to this enviable feature by using long pedant lights that hang from the ceiling. This will draw the eye upwards towards the high ceilings, rather than outwards towards the walls. Here are some more lighting ideas for small spaces you might choose to use.
The use of mirrors is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to making a small room look just that little bit bigger. One of the most effective ways to give the impression of space is to prop a large free-standing mirror against a wall. If such a big mirror is too pricey, smaller mirrors can be grouped together to create the same effect.
Floor length mirrors can also be used to make your space seem taller than it actually is. Their long, thin shape drags the eye upwards while reflecting light around the room.
What are your top tips to enlarge a small living space? Please share your ideas in the comments section below.
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