For most of my clients, space is always a problem! Especially storage but what do you do when you have a very small area to work with? Very little natural light, funny shaped rooms? Want to pull your hair out, no idea where to start and how to make the most of that small space? Here are my simple top tips to create that flowing vibe to even the smallest of areas.
Make A Room Look Bigger Tip #1
If you have a window in the room, don’t go covering it up in heavy curtains. Use sheers/Voiles to soften the window allowing all of that natural light in. If you would like curtains, make sure you use tiebacks.
If you don’t have a window in the room there are plenty of options. Recessed lighting is one of the best options with a dimmer switch. You can get soft bulbs for these so, you don’t feel like you have walked into a room created by the FBI!!! You can scatter these lights on the ceiling, lighting up those really darker corners!
Floor lamps and table lamps will all help and can be strategically placed in the areas you feel they are needed.
Make A Room Look Bigger Tip #2
When choosing your paint colours, go for rich or warm colours. These will help soften the room a big mistake is to go for cooler colours. These can work well where there is a lot of natural light but can feel clinical and would have the opposite effect that you are trying to achieve. If unsure what colours are rich and warm, pop into your decorating store and they will gladly help show you the difference in these hues.
Make A Room Look Bigger Tip #3
Use lots of light reflective furniture, from; glass side tables, mirrors and chrome. When choosing sofas and chairs go for a style that has open arms and legs. This will visually create the feeling of more room.
Light will filter under and create a sense of space.
Make A Room Look Bigger Tip #4
Think about using similar colours in your furniture that you have in your walls. For example: your sofa, chairs or a chest. These will blend in and help to create that feel of a flowing space. Use accent colours on top of these, keep it simple and the space will feel tranquil even though it is a small area. It will be one you feel calm and at ease in. The ultimate goal in a small area! Make sure that the items you choose leave room for you to move around. Scale back if necessary and double measure your space before you buy any furniture!!!
Make A Room Look Bigger Tip #5
This is a very simple one but de-clutter!!! Get rid of anything that you really don’t need to be in this space. Hide items you do in that chest I mentioned or use a set of gorgeous storage boxes that compliment the room. Hide all clutter!!! If you are lucky to have high ceilings, floating shelves will work beautifully. Use them for the accessories that you would like to display, accent vases, glass picture frames. The more light reflective the better