When you’re not happy with the amount of space you’ve been allocated, whether it’s at home or in the workplace, there’s often not a lot you can do about it except to try to create the illusion of having something much bigger. Small rooms are always a problem because they simply don’t give you enough room. The whole point of a room is that it is supposed to have room inside of it, which is why they call it a room!
If your room really isn’t up to size, you can still do a few things to improve it. Knocking down walls is not really an option most of the time, so here’s what you can do:
1. Go for light colours
When it comes to creating a bigger looking space the general rule is ‘the lighter, the better’. Light colours will make a space seem much larger and more open, which is why white is an excellent choice. Dark colours, of course, will have the exact opposite effect. Black is the worst choice because it not only makes a room seem even smaller, but it also doesn’t reflect light well.
2. If the small room hasn’t actually been built yet, skip the window
If the room only exists on a blueprint, you have the option here of not adding a window, and that is a very sensible idea. The reason is because windows are space-thieves. Where there’s a window, there’s a lot of space you can’t really use, because the window is in the way.
3. Choose appropriate furniture for the space and don’t overdo it
You need to be really confident that the furniture you choose is not going to make a bad problem worse. It’s important to know that everything will fit, and you don’t want to put too many different items in the room either. A great way to test what you can fit in the room is to take advantage of furniture rentals.
This is an inexpensive and simple way to furnish the room, and it actually offers a few advantages over buying if you’re not going to be living in the home long-term. One of these advantages is that you don’t have high moving costs when you move out, and it’s a much simpler and quicker process.
4. Mirrors can create an illusion of more space
When mirrors are strategically positioned in the right places, they really can make it seem like the room is larger. It’s just a bit tricky figuring out exactly where to place them.
5. Zen has quite a lot going for it
Zen is a minimalist approach, and it’s perfect for small rooms. You want to put only as much in the room as you actually need, no more and no less. It simplifies things for you and makes your life easier.
6. Stack up
Tall storage items are the sensible choice when you have limited space. The important thing is that they should have plenty of shelves, especially closets where folding and stacking is far better than hanging. Tall furniture also distracts the eye away from the smallness of the room.
7. Add a skylight
Natural light will make a small room seem larger. In fact, light and empty space are the most important factors in creating the illusion that the room is bigger than it really is. Installing a skylight helps to add more natural light to the room, without needing to add a window.
Making a small room appear larger and a lot more spacious is made easy with these simple interior design hacks. Have you any other suggestions that you’d like to add to this list?
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