Spending so much time at home this year has made us learn a few things about our homes – they always feel too small, no amount of space is ever enough, Marie Kondo’ing your home is way more difficult than we ever imagined.
But we’ve also learnt how important our homes are to us – a safe haven for when the world was falling apart. That’s why taking care of our spaces to reflect our mood is important – if your living room or your bedroom is too cramped up, the last thing you would want to do is spend time in there.
But, what if you trick your eyes into believing you are living in much larger space than what meets the eye? No, it’s not magic, it’s just smart styling your living space in a way it doesn’t shout
“in-need-of-an-interior-upgrade” all the time.
Seems too good to be true? Read ahead to find out:
1. Pick the right furniture:
Getting the right furniture is a key way to making a room look bigger. You can opt for multi-functional furniture, such as a chest that can be used as a coffee table, expandable dining tables, or folding tables that can be tucked away when you don’t need them, are great options to save
2. Look for smart storage options:
Nothing saves and creates space like a piece of furniture which can also double up as storage. A sofa or a bed that has storage space inside, a seating area that can have storage space hidden in it are just examples of how you can utilize your living space in a much better way.
3. Use collapsible furniture:
Collapsible furniture is a trend that is here to say and we sure can be more thankful about it, when it comes to space-saving furniture. From wardrobes to study tables to shoe racks and shelves – the collapsible furniture is flexible and perfect to create more room.
4. Mount up your furniture:
It’s always a good idea to mount things up. That is, when talking about wall shelves. We mean cabinets and floor shelves are both great options, but not of the best use in a small space as everything seems cramped up there.
Wall shelves, on the other hand, have their own charm. This way, you can store the same amount of things, without losing out on ground space. And they make good decor too! It’s a win-win.
5. Scale it down:
Furniture in a small space is all about proportions. Simply put, if it brushes up against the boundaries of the room, it’s too large. To create
more room, you can always opt to leave a little air in between the sides of your furniture and the walls.
6. Low profile:
Furniture that is kept lower to the ground will always create a feeling of openness in a room. For example, try opting for a loft bed or a bed that is very close to the floor for your bedroom and see the difference that it creates.
7. Mirror mirror on the wall:
Any discussion of small spaces needs to include the idea of using mirrors in your living space, as a way to create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect your view, thereby tricking your eye into perceiving more space.
8. Have a clear pathway:
When dealing with a small living space, it’s only natural to want to maximize the space by pushing all the pieces to the edges. Although, if this causes you to bump into your furniture a lot and makes you feel claustrophobic, you should consider changing the arrangement. Try and group the furniture on one side of the room, so you can pass through unhindered. And grouping furniture will also create a sense of openness in the room.
9. Use creative lighting:
Natural light opens up the interior of any room and makes it look larger. That’s great if you have natural light. If you don’t, though, don’t get discouraged. Add some creative effects using lighting fixtures. You’ll be amazed at how this small addition can make a big difference.
10. Above all, keep it simple:
Small spaces are all about editing. The more pieces, possessions, and patterns are there in a room, the more cluttered it will look. Avoid too many knick knacks or at least group them so they read as an installation. Same with art too; concentrate your framed pieces on one or two walls. Avoid busy patterns and overwhelming colors.