How to Make Your Small Space Feel Large
Small space living is the focus of many of today’s interior design discussions as people gravitate toward living in apartments or smaller homes. The design world is identifying ways to optimize the use of space by providing furniture and decorating ideas that let you live large in a small space.
"Living Large" SolutionsDecorators and do-it-yourselfers who are accustomed to working with limited spaces know that following some basic guidelines will help you furnish your small spaces with confidence.
Keep It Light
Small spaces feel larger with a light color palette. White or light-colored walls give the illusion of more space by reflecting natural light, which also makes the space feel warm. In addition, when you use the same light color throughout the home, it makes rooms seem larger.
Keep It Clean
A room filled with several types of furniture or pieces that feature intricate designs will appear more crowded. Additionally, the use of different patterns or colors can make the room look too busy. Decorating with only the necessary pieces that display simple, clean lines creates an open, visually larger space.
Keep Wall Decor Large
You’ll find that using one large painting looks much better than two groupings of small art pieces. The room will appear smaller when there are many things present to draw the eye. In addition, a number of small pieces will make the room look crowded.
Keep Furniture in Proportion
Many people assume that small spaces will look bigger with small furniture. That’s not entirely true. While you don't want to overwhelm the room, a statement piece, such as a larger sofa, will visually extend your space.
Keep Window Dressing Expansive
Try using drapes that run from the ceiling to the floor. In addition, don't stop the drapes at the edge of the window - make them wide enough to cover as much wall space as you can on either side of the window frame. The height will make the ceiling seem higher and when you open the drapes, you’ll expose more of the window due to the width.
You need to make the most of every square foot and choosing furniture that serves more than one purpose is an excellent way to accomplish that. Following are some examples:
Acquire Furniture That Does More Than One Thing
Use a Futon for Sitting and Sleeping
The Calam futon, with clean and interesting lines adds flair to your room. The fact that it can quickly be turned into a relaxing bed makes it an ideal piece of space-saving furniture.
Use a Coffee Table With Storage
Another small space living solution is to use a dual purpose coffee table. The Tudley coffee table, for example, is the perfect piece of furniture for smaller rooms. In addition to acting as a coffee table, it has space for storage.
Use an Ottoman With Hidden Storage
When you're looking for an ottoman, look for a design that offers more than one function such as the Pauline storage ottoman. Besides functioning as a footstool, the cushioned top lets the ottoman act as additional seating and the lid lifts for easy storage.
Use Nesting Tables
Nesting tables are very functional in a small room. When the tables are "nested," they're very compact, but still serve as a side or coffee table. When you need more side surface area, use the nesting tables separately to double or triple the space you have available.