When you have only a small space to work with, everything from furniture arrangement to color will count. Rooms that feel small can give an uncomfortable and confining feeling. Luckily, there are specific design trends that can fool the eye into thinking the room has more space than it actually does.
Using a room design that’s monochromatic – meaning that you will use different shades and tints of one color – helps the room feel larger rather than one with varied colors. Color consistency reduces your eyes’ capability to observe the room’s spatial dimensions and can result in an optical illusion of spaciousness. Since there isn’t as much contrast in color, it can yield a much more peaceful vibe.
Open your room interior by allowing natural light inside. Large windows can instantly bring the spaciousness of the outdoors inside. Sheer window coverings are a great option and when you prefer to let more light in, you can just pull them back fully. The view may be bad but the area can be spruced up by placing flowers or plants near the windows. If natural light isn’t an option, there are other ways of using light fixtures to add the effect you desire.
A small space can feel jammed when there is too much stuff present. A tidy, organized room tributes to an open and orderly feel. Walls shouldn’t be covered with too many pictures. A large painting can work better in a room, rather than use a bunch of small portraits or paintings. Rooms can become too busy and crowded if there is too much going on with the furnishings and décor. Don’t forget to keep your floor as clear and clean as possible. This is also a vital way to help preserve the sense of openness.
When taking on the challenge of giving a small room a makeover, try to find the focal point that will catch one’s eye. Since the focal point is the star of the room, furniture should be arranged so that focus will instantly be drawn into that area. Décor in the room should also be kept to a minimum.
Furniture can often take up most of the space available in the room. There are multi-functional furniture pieces that can help avoid taking up a lot of space. For example, use a chest as a coffee table or a bed that has drawers for extra storage.
Try to be sure that some of the furniture is the same color as the walls. Furniture that is larger should be placed against the room’s walls and make sure you don’t block any pathways. This will maximize any open space. When décor or furniture blocks a view into a room, it can look cluttered and cramped. If you rearrange your furniture out of the way from walkways, you can make space seem larger.