Small space designing is something challenging and exciting at the same time. Today’s day and age demands for space saving solutions as we are a large population living on a small piece of land. Making the most out of your space is very crucial. I have discussed a few easy ways to do that in S- Space saving ideas, but with that, it is also important that the room looks and feels larger. In this post I am going to discuss with you my top 8 tricks to make your small room look and feel larger. So, are you ready to have a larger room for yourself?
1. Lighter colors.
Now this is something that everybody knows, lighter shades make rooms appear larger. But there are certain hacks that will create even better impact, Using deeper tones in furniture – like an espresso toned wood finish console against a pale wall creates contrast and depth making the room feel larger. I won’t advice to have all furniture in deeper tones but having chief pieces like the sofa and the wall unit or bedroom, the wardrobe and the desk will do the job. An additional trick would be to leave a space of 2″ to 4″ (which is quite nominal) between the furniture and the walls which will create a false visual of a lot of space within the room.
Using mirrors to bounce light is a designer trick that has helped many spaces to look more open, light filled and larger than what they were before. Having a large mirror above the sofa or the dining table works really well, it tricks your eye to think that the room extends even beyond the wall that the mirror is placed on. If you have a room that is rectangular and is very short one way compared to other, getting one of the long wall completely mirrored will do magic. It doubles the length of the shorter wall visually, without actually increasing the area.
When you think of a small space, you might think of small furniture; but let me stop you right there. If you use tiny furniture in a small space you might end up shrinking the space visually even more. Don’t be scared to go big, just remember to balance things. When you have a huge sofa, ditch the matching arm chairs and go for thinner ones instead. You may also go ahead and make a statement with a large coffee table, but again balance it out with slim side tables. Just remember, no two pieces of furniture should stick to each other unless it is aligned in one line. On the other hand they shouldn’t be so far that they look scattered, they have to look like one whole set. So always measure the space that you are buying your furniture for and choose accordingly.
4. Go high with shelves and cabinetry.
When you are short of floor space it is always wise to make full use of the lateral space available. Using floating shelves can be a great option. Even with wardrobes and other cabinetry remember to go higher right up-to the ceiling that draws the eye upwards making the room look taller than what it actually is. It is a win-win situation as you get extra storage too. When cabinetry stops somewhere in the middle of the wall, it gives a feel of in-completion; which can also be avoided by extending it to the ceiling.
5. Use furniture that doesn’t block vision.
Another very important and foolproof technique to make your room look and feel larger is to use see-through materials like glass or Lucite in furniture. Other than that a simple trick is to avoid anything that creates a visual barrier. Having sofa and chairs with low arm rests, using dining chairs with no arms or see through arms, accent chairs with see through arms, etc. work well. When you can see the whole room without any huge visual barrier, you tend to thinks the room is spread on a larger area than what it actually is.
6. Have floating furniture.
We talked about floating shelves, but what exactly is floating furniture? It is just normal furniture with thin legs that lift it up. What these legs do is, they raise the furniture creating space for air to flow. This makes the room feel airy and light which would otherwise look really occupied and dense. This small trick can help you with choosing the right kind of furniture in your space. Adding legs to your existing wardrobe will instantly give it more height. When you have all the furniture that rests completely on the ground, the room looks like it is filled with blocks and you certainly don’t want that.
7. Layer in limits.
I am an advocate for layering, but not when it comes to small spaces. The cleaner the space, the larger it’s going to look. Layering really makes a space cozy, but it does that by adding a considerable amount of bulk. The bulkier the room the smaller it’s going to look. In fact, I would go a step ahead and ask you to not have bulky furniture as well; furniture with sleek edges is your way to go. Using light weight drapes and few pillows is just enough layering for you.
8. Avoid too many prints and colors.
Solid colors and a monochrome pallet is the last trick that will give you a larger looking space. Too many prints and colors make a room look very busy; and when you are dealing with a small space it just has to look very calm to make it look and feel larger. Use different materials to add dimension, that will break the monotone without creating visual chaos.
What tricks are you going to use in your space? Will you go for higher cabinetry or will you add some mirrors to create an illusion of larger space? Do let me know in the comments below. I think creating gap between the furniture and the wall is the easiest to start with, try and see how you feel.
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