While smaller homes have their advantages in terms of smaller housing payments and more affordable utilities, they can quickly start to feel cluttered, cramped, and constrained. Luckily, there are some specific physical and aesthetic things you can do to help your smaller home look and feel much larger.
How to make small homes feel and look bigger?
The room seems larger, thanks to the play of colors, light, cleverly chosen accessories, and arrangement of the furniture. If you learn the basic principles of interior design, you can easily transform and visually enlarge your home.
The strategically done makeover will definitely surprise you, and you will enjoy living in a transformed and more spacious interior.
Whether it’s a one-room condominium or a small house, use these tips to help any space look and feel more spacious, instantly!
While light-toned, bright, and sunny wall paint colors can really open up space, the strategic use of dark colors can also bring about a more spacious effect. Paint the far wall of a small kitchen, living room, or hallway in a darker color to help it recede in space and seem much larger than it actually is.
Use consistent colors and choose materials and furniture in shades similar to the color of your walls so that the whole arrangement is consistent and fluid. Thanks to this, you will get the effect of a harmonious space that seems larger than it really is.
On the color painted wall, leave a space of about 4 inches (10 cm) from the ceiling or the edge of the cornice, and then paint it white. This additional white strip will visually increase the ceiling height, thus optically increasing the size of the room.
Select Wall Hangings
Even if you love artwork and photos, it doesn’t serve your space-optimizing agenda to have too many pieces. Artwork in fact can visually open up a room but you must be specific and selective about the art you choose to hang on your walls.
Instead of a few small ones, stick with one or two large pictures per wall, and have them professionally framed and matted to promote a neat, clean, and organized effect. Paintings on the wall add depth and seem to widen the room.
If you are decorating a smaller room or space, try to incorporate mirrors into your design. If the walls are painted, hang large mirrors on them. Mirrors will not only create the illusion of a larger space, visually enlarging the interior, but will also "spread" the light around it adding depth and beauty to the room’s design.
What's interesting, unique frames can also enhance the decor of the space, turning a mirror into a work of art.
Have a look at our article to learn more about how to use mirrors effectively in your house.
In order to keep avoiding a cluttered look on your walls, take the same approach with your furniture, window treatments, and other home accent choices. Decide on a look and theme, and carry it through. Too many contrasting styles in one space can cause a confusing and cluttered feel.
Give up heavy, long curtains. Blinds will look much better, taking less space and making the room look not cluttered. If you do not want to part with curtains, choose the ones that are short, reaching the window sill.
Expand the Corridors
If your apartment has a long and narrow corridor, try decorative walls. The dark color on each side will catch the eye and eliminate the impression of excessive length.
Interesting effects can also be brought by the use of geometric patterns, especially the simplest ones such as stripes on the wall. They will allow for maximizing the potential of optical illusions.
Lights are very important because the rooms with a lot of natural light seem to be the most spacious. So don't cover the windows with thick and dark curtains. As far as artificial lighting is concerned, both top light and smaller spotlights are important. The upper should be quite strong and ideally with a warm glow because it will illuminate the warm and bright colors of the walls.
Get rid of the large, heavy chandelier. A light and a transparent lamp are preferable. Also, spotlights can be placed in several places on the ceiling. The lamps, however, must be mounted symmetrically and in one string. Sconces and lamps will also look nice standing, e.g. on a table.
Learn more about lighting from our article: lighting ideas for the bedroom.
One of the easiest and most liberating ways to make an interior feel bigger is by simplifying your life and scaling back on your belongings. Get rid of unwanted or hardly ever used items that you have laying around the house.
Take the time to sort through your things and designate them by category: save, discard, recycle, donate, or give away. If you don’t want to completely part with your possessions, you may also put them into a self-storage facility or mobile storage units in your area.
Equipment and Furniture
Small homes shouldn't contain too much equipment and furniture. Light, small pieces of furniture without upholstery or upholstery which doesn't take up much space, look best.
The closet doors with mirrors are also perfect for small rooms.
Preferably, place the furniture against the wall or in the room corners, especially the larger and heavier pieces. However, do not place them side by side as there should be space between them. The center of the room must be empty so that the room will appear larger.
Remember that the shelves should not be overloaded. The less unnecessary items and clutter, the better.
These days, there are a number of furniture options that can contribute to your sleek, space-saving goal. Choose equipment that is functional.
Consider buying multi-purpose and/or folding furniture that can be easily converted or put away to make more space. For example, if you live in a studio apartment or efficiency-style dwelling comprised of one room, a kitchenette, and a separate bathroom, look for a couch that has a hideaway bed.
Another space-saving sleep option is having a Murphy bed installed so that you can fold it up into the wall when not in use. A sleeper sofa, a futon sofa bed, or any folding sofa bed is just perfect for compact spaces.
To save as much space as possible, you should get creative with storage. There are a number of furniture items on the market that include built-in drawers and hidden storage. Look for a bed, coffee table, stool with storage, and couch that have drawer space included. The dining table should be folding, and the corner table should have shelves for newspapers or other small things.
Another clever idea to maximize space in your small home is to get a wall hanging organizer with pockets. A wall organizer like this, which is made of fabric such as cotton, will be really handy for keeping your small items in one place.
A rug or carpet on the floor will optically reduce the room so show as much floor as possible! It should be covered with light tiles, alternatively, you can put a small rug that will reveal a lot of the floor.
Use Wood Paint
In a small room, wooden elements and strips should be one degree darker than the color of the wall. This way, the created contrast will allow you to emphasize the architectural qualities of the room, and the walls themselves will seem a bit withdrawn, so the room will gain in optical space.
If you are looking for a sophisticated arrangement, combine lighter shades of gray on the walls and darker on the woodwork. If the gloss of the wood paint is different from the gloss of the paint on the walls, the effect will be really spectacular.
As you can see, a small living space doesn’t have to feel cramped or uncomfortable. Use these tips to create the illusion of space and help your small home to visually feel more spacious.