When you live in a small space or you’ve got a troublesome smaller room, it can be difficult to fit all your possessions into it without it feeling or looking cluttered. But there are some sneaky ways to make your space appear bigger and brighter. Read on to find out how.
Not only are mirrors great for reflecting the light back into a room, they also help to create the illusion of space. Placing a full or floor-length mirror behind a piece of furniture is a classic trick to make a small room feel bigger. Or hang a mirror opposite a window to create another window in your room! Another tip is to place a mirror by a table or bedside lamp, which will maximise the light and create twinkling patterns on your walls as well.
Make the most of the walls
If you’ve got a small room, then limiting what you have on the floor will help make it feel bigger. Instead of sideboards or drawers, make the most of your wall space and hang shelves instead. Get rid of your media console and mount your TV onto your wall above your fireplace to claw back some much needed floor space.
Be clever with storage
Not all storage is made equal. In a small bedroom, for example, a freestanding wardrobe won’t offer you the same amount of clever storage solutions that a fitted wardrobe can. A wardrobe with open backs and sides, for example, makes the most of every inch of space and you can also think about corner wardrobes, pull-out shoes racks and jewellery drawers. Have a look around your house and see if you have any extra space that you can utilise. Could you add some drawers or a desk under the stairs for example, or add shelves above doorways?
Look for multi-taskers
Double (or triple-up) furniture can help cut the amount of things taking up precious floor space in a small room. Or an ottoman that can work as a table, a seat and with storage to boot is a hard-working multi-tasker that will be a welcome addition to any cosy-sized lounge. Or instead of a coffee table in the middle of the room, go for a couple of side tables with legs that slide under the sofa.
Keep the décor neutral
Light, neutral tones fool the eye into thinking the room is more spacious than it is. That doesn’t mean you can’t have colour though – duck egg blue, light greys, neutral tans and mint greens are good choices for small rooms. You can add a pop of brighter colour and texture with velvet cushions or a woolly rug.