Creating the illusion of more space in a small living area can make a huge difference in how you feel and enjoy your space.
With the help of a few clever techniques, you can make the most of every inch of your home.
Here are some practical tips to make your small space feel bigger.
1. Use bright colours on the walls and floors
Bright colours reflect more light into a room, making it feel brighter. Light colours reflect more light in a room and make the room feel brighter. These colours make the floors and walls recede, making the room feel larger and more open. As well as making the room feel bigger, pale colours such as cream and pastel shades create a sense of calm and tranquillity. This helps to create a relaxing atmosphere.
2. Mirrors and reflective surfaces
Mirrors help reflect light around the room, creating the illusion of more space and making it feel brighter. They can also create a sense of depth, making the room feel more open and airy. By placing mirrors strategically throughout your room, they can create a sense of continuity and flow that can make the room feel much bigger and more connected. Other reflective surfaces such as high-gloss painted ceilings, lacquered furniture and glossy tiles on a kitchen backsplash have a similar effect. They cast light and create the illusion of volume.
3. Multi-functional furniture
Using furniture that serves more than one purpose is a great way to save space in a small room. You can maximise the functionality of your space without sacrificing your style or comfort by using multifunctional furniture, such as a sofa bed or a bookcase that doubles as a room divider. It also creates a more efficient and comfortable living environment for you.
4. Keep your space clutter-free
When your space is free of junk and clutter, it feels more open and less cramped. It also helps to reduce visual distractions that can make a room seem overcrowded and overpowering. A clutter-free space also promotes relaxation and improves the air quality in the room as it is easier to clean and maintain, as opposed to a cluttered space where it is harder to clean.
Curtains or blinds: If hung in a certain way, curtains or blinds in a room can create the illusion of a higher ceiling. You can create the illusion of a higher ceiling by hanging your curtains or blinds very close to the ceiling. You can also use brightly coloured, vertical curtains, which naturally draw the eye upwards, making the room appear larger.
Furniture with exposed legs: Furniture with exposed legs creates visual space. This is because the legs allow light to pass through the furniture, making the room feel brighter, more open and airier.