Decorating tips for maximizing small spaces present a luxurious impression on your home area, even though the available land is very limited.
Are you looking for ideas and tips for decorating small rooms and homes? Here’s a list of tips to help you make your home more spacious.
While some people live in huge, sprawling houses, many of us call a small abode homes. There are those who live in Tiny.
But expensive apartments in big cities, those who have chosen to rid themselves of chattels and cleaning by downsizing, and others who simply prefer living in a more compact home.
After all, it’s much easier to take care of a modest-sized space than a huge mansion.
Whatever your motivation for choosing a small home, there are certain things you need to consider when decorating.
You’ll also have to be rather well organized and make sure your lifestyle fits in with your space constraints.
Anyone who favors cozy soft furnishings, warm colors that give an intimate ambiance, and dramatic lighting will feel right at home in a bijou residence.
But if you prefer the feeling of light and space, it can be a challenge to fit out a small space, although there are ways you can use color, lighting, and furniture positioning to your advantage.
Here are some tricks of the trade you can use to make your rooms feel more spacious:
Get rid of clutter
Any small space will seem even smaller if it’s filled with stuff. Organize your things and find places to store them out of sight, on shelves, in cabinets, or under tables behind long tablecloths, and the place will instantly “grow” and feel more orderly.
Unblock access points
Your room will appear overcrowded if you have furniture obstructing the view into it, or out onto open areas.
Define clear walkways that are free of furniture and the space will instantly feel bigger and airier.
Arrange tall or bulky pieces along a wall and place lower, less cluttered items like a low table, armless chairs, or ottomans in the center.
The more of the floor that is visible, the larger the room will seem.
Pick light colors
While warm, rich shades bring a cozy, winter’s-evening feel to a room, pale, soft colors will open it up and expand it.
Light hues of green and blue are particularly effective for this.
Stick to one color family
Trick the eye with a monochromatic color scheme and supply plenty of interest with textured walls, tone-on-tone fabrics on sofas, chairs, or cushions, and toning curtain materials.
An abundance of cool colors makes the room look more open, as do certain warm colors as long as they’re not too heavy.
Match your furniture to the walls
Contrasting colors make a place look smaller, but you create the illusion of spaciousness if your chairs and sofas are upholstered in colors that belong to the same color family as the walls.
Light makes a huge difference
Let in some light-either natural or artificial-and the room will automatically appear more spacious.
Remove heavy curtains to expose more window space and bring outside light in.
Make sure you have lots of lamps or add recessed lighting or track lighting.
These are some other steps you can take to give your home a bigger feel without knocking down any walls:
See-through materials create a sense of space simply by enabling you to see objects that lie behind them.
Replace an opaque glass shower enclosure from a small bathroom with a clear one, and you’ll instantly “gain” a lot of space.
Or try putting a glass or Lucite tabletop on a wood, metal, or stone base in a cramped dining or living room. Now you’ll have an open view of the rest of the room.
Mirror, mirror on the wall
A mirrored wall might not be to your taste, but it really does create the illusion of a bigger space.
Instead, hang a large mirror with a frame that suits your style, or lean an oversized framed mirror against a wall.
The mirror will reflect the light and space, making the room look more spacious.
You can also cover the top of a coffee table, side table, bureau, or chest of drawers with a beveled mirror cut to size.
Use a few large pieces
You might be surprised to learn that a room will appear larger if you furnish it with a few big, but simple, items than with lots of little things.
In the living room, a large, modern sofa in a plain fabric will make the room look a lot less cluttered and fussy than several smaller chairs in a loud pattern.
No busy prints
Choose chairs and couches covered in a plain or discreetly-patterned fabric rather than bold prints, stripes, or checks. Neutral tones are good, and textured materials add interest.
Light, delicate fabrics
Use sheer, airy fabrics in paler shades that let the light pass through drapes, tablecloths, and bed skirts.
If you want a patterned look, pick a simple stripe, a soft floral, or a small pattern with only two or three colors for an uncomplicated but sophisticated look.
Utilize some of these tips when you decorate and furnish your small home, and you’ll be able to enjoy a space that’s cozy but not too confined.