There’s certain undeniable charm and challenge in small, cosy spaces and when they’re tastefully designed, they become zen-like retreats. However, if you over cram them with your possessions, they will appear claustrophobic and anxiety-inducive and will surely be anything but restful.
Making the most out of your small room and designing it to seem bigger than it is, takes some conscious effort and creativity in tricking the eye. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to enjoy in your tiny but open and airy room.
Go lighter and brighter
Colours have a powerful impact on both how humans feel and how the room appears. If you with a lighter colour palette, the room will certainly seem much lighter, more open and bigger. Expend the palette to your key furniture pieces and limit dark or strong, vibrant colours only to accent pieces that will not take away from the overall appearance but will add a pop of freshness to the room. If you need more warmth in the space, introduce more wooden and textured elements such as raw repurposed wood pieces and woollen throws and cushions. By adding reflective surfaces, you’ll allow the light to bounce off objects and illuminate the space making it seem brighter and larger. You might dislike the idea of a mirrored wall, but you can go with a larger, framed mirror that you can hang or leave leaning against the wall. Shiny surfaces are great when it comes to reflecting light so include objects like glass table tops, crystal chandeliers, brass lighting, silver photo frames, shiny candlesticks and acrylic see-through furniture that effectively bounce the light around the room.
Get rid of rugs and drapes
The whole deal in making a room appear larger is tricking the eye so with heavy drapes will stop the eye from gravitating to the outside even if the cover the window only partially. All drapes and curtains do to a small room is add more layers and make it seem overwhelming. To protect your privacy, simply switch to cloth blinds or shutters. The same rule goes for rugs. Although lots of layers make a room feel cosier and comfier, in a small room, you get the feeling it’s limited and crowded. Without rugs, the room will appear cleaner and more minimalistic so turning to the experts for laminate flooring in Sydney for installing seamless new floors that will be aesthetically pleasing, durable and easy to clean.
Pick different furniture
By creating a sense of movement and openness you’ll create the illusion of spaciousness and the best way to start is with furniture. Pick your pieces carefully and go with those that allow air and light to flow over, under and around it such as the mid-century modern pieces. They all have low profiles and lanky legs which make it seem they almost float.
Keep it simple and clutter-free
Designing small rooms is about editing and maximizing the available space which can mostly be done by clever furniture choice and layout, and downsizing the possessions. Pick your favourite decorations and knick-knacks and pair them in groups of three so they seem like a purposeful installation. Don’t fill every wall with art and photos and avoid overwhelming colours and busy patterns – stick with one feature wall per room.
When you’re designing a small room the key is being consistent and strict with yourself. Make your every move intentional, pick your details carefully, focus on certain areas and leave the others simple and open. This will create an illusion of a larger and brighter space.