Whether you live in a smaller home or have a large home with smaller rooms, almost everyone knows the struggle of trying to make small rooms seem larger. People are buying smaller homes these days for a number of different reasons. From rising housing prices, to retirement, to adopting a more minimalist lifestyle, it’s no secret that many homeowners are moving into smaller, cozier spaces. The thing about small spaces is they don’t have to feel small. The goal is to give your small rooms more openness and flow, and you can do that with a few simple tips and tricks. Here are my top 6 ways to make small rooms seem larger.
1. Create Contrast with Light and Dark Colours
When you’re painting a small space, stay away from medium coloured paint hues. Using light and dark colours together creates contrast, giving the illusion of a larger space. You can do this in the living room and bedroom by painting three walls a light shade with a dark accent wall, or in the kitchen with dark bottom cabinets and light walls and upper cabinets. It’s a great way to give any room more depth!
2. Decorate with Furniture That Has Exposed Legs
A small detail that makes a huge difference, furniture such as accent chairs, beds and sofas should have exposed legs. This creates the illusion of extra room, making your space look more open. Chairs, sofas and beds with skirts can end up looking stuffy and close your space off.
3. Use Mirrors to Trick the Eye
One of the best things you can do to make a small room seem larger is to hang a mirror. Mirrors create a greater sense of openness and since they reflect the view of the room, they trick the eye into perceiving more space. When you’re positioning your mirror, think about the part of your room you want reflected to give your space maximum flow and openness.
4. Decorate with a Few Larger Decor Pieces
Many homeowners tend to think that you have to fill a small room with small decor pieces and accessories. However, lots of small knick knacks will make your space look small and cluttered. Use larger pieces like dressers and cabinets to fill out your space. Keep in mind, you don’t want to overstuff a room with large pieces, just use a few bigger pieces to create a stylish and roomy space. In a small room, a couch with one accent chair will work much better than four accent chairs.
5. Create a Pathway
When it comes to small spaces, it’s natural to think you should be pushing all the pieces of furniture up against the wall to maximize the space. Pulling your furniture away from the wall gives more openness to the space, making it seem larger. If you have a dining room, clear a path by setting your dining room table over to one side rather than centering it. This will give your room less of a claustrophobic feel.
6. Buy a Gorgeous Light Fixture
A light fixture with pretty details draws the eye upwards, adding height to the room. From vintage light candle chandeliers to rattan drop pendants, wood beaded fixtures, and more, a visually interesting ceiling light will make your small room look larger while adding beauty to your space.
These 6 simple tricks are sure to make your small rooms seem larger! Try them out and watch your room transform!