Many of us who live in metropolitan areas inhabit spaces that are a bit on the minimal side when it comes to spaciousness. Small spaces can be just as chic as large single-family homes or sprawling abodes. There are tricks of the trade that you can use in order to give off the impression that your efficiency apartment or one bedroom condo is actually larger than life. These interior decorating tips will help to make the most of your minimal space and help guests to feel that they are being welcomed into the likes of a mansion.
You can use strategically placed mirrors in order to make your space look larger than it actually is. We recommend placing mirrors on the living room walls in order to reflect large pieces of furniture. You can also put your mirrors in the hallways. There are various designs you can use for your mirrors, including a barn door mirror. Make sure that your mirrors cover the entire wall upon which they are being placed for larger than life effects.
Use Smaller Furniture
By using a loveseat instead of an enormous couch for the living room, you can help your space to appear comparatively large in relation to the smaller furniture. Keep all furniture close together and avoid solo pieces.
Use Smaller Decorations
Another way to make your space look bigger than it actually is is to use small decoration pieces. For instance, you can use a vase with false flowers that sits atop the living room table, rather than using a large standing vase that sits beside the couch. Additionally, small bedroom decorations can be used. Rather than using a huge wooden bedframe, consider using a flat headboard made of textile. This allows for more open space in the bedroom and gives the appearance that the room is much bigger than it actually is. Minimalism is the key in bedroom design.
Use Transparent Tabletops
Using transparent tabletops is another way to make the most out of a small space. This can include using a glass top table in the living room or a glass top dining room table. It is necessary to ensure that these types of furniture pieces are properly and stably affixed to the base of the furniture piece. Using a glass top dining room table goes a long way in making a kitchen appear larger. You can embellish a clear kitchen tabletop with glass decorations, such as a glass vase or blown glass artwork. Any decorations that are transparent or semi-transparent in appearance appear to take up less space than opaque decorations and therefore help the space to appear larger than it actually is.
By far one of the best ways to make sure that your space appears spacious is to use blinds or leave your windows bare. By all means, avoid using drapery. Using curtains and heavy linens around the windows not only scales down on the space in the house, but it is also an outdated look. This look is to be replaced with window outfitting that maximizes the spaces taken up by the window. Alternative options to drapery include blinds and shutters. Wooden shutters are an excellent way to help the space appear larger because they are made to fit exactly to the dimensions of the window, and not more. Shutters are flat in dimension so they don’t crowd an area.
Use Light Paint Colors
Make the theme colors in the room and the paint colors that you use light instead of dark. Dark colors can be used for trim and accents, but if you use them as a base color for the walls, this can make the room seem smaller. Light paint colors will make your home appear more open and spacious.
You can also use ambient lighting to reflect these lighter colors. It is necessary to choose lighter shades that will reflect the light in the room in order to give the illusion of wider space.
You can use the strategies stated above in order to make your living space appear larger than it actually is. You can use light colors, smaller decorations, clear tabletops, and modern window fixtures to make the most of your space.