Maximizing a Small Space

Tue, Nov 10, 2015 at 10:33AM

Many homeowners have small spaces they want to feel bigger. Whether it’s a renovated child’s room, bathroom or guest space, no one ever wants to feel cramped in their own home! Fortunately, just because you don’t have lots of space doesn’t mean you can’t create the illusion, or feeling, of spaciousness. In today’s blog, we will be sharing a few ways you can get that open, airy feel.

Use light colors for the walls and ceiling.

While rich, dark colors can make a welcome impact in larger rooms, they can make a smaller space feel cramped and closed in. Instead, opt for light and airy colors for the walls and ceiling. White, light gray, beige and other similar shades are the best at creating a calm and open feeling in even small rooms.

Use minimal lighting.

By minimal lighting, we don’t mean keeping your room in the dark—on the contrary, lighting up a room is a great way to make it feel more spacious. But keep your lighting fixtures small, simple and attached to the wall or ceiling when possible. Wall sconces are perfect for achieving the lighting you want in a room without taking up valuable floor space, as are recessed light options.

Stick to light, simple window treatments.

Just like you should opt for lighter paint colors, you may want to use a sheer window treatment—or no treatment at all!—on your windows. This way, you can let in some natural light while still making the room comfortable and airy.

Get smart about your décor pieces.

While you may think that smaller décor pieces are better for smaller rooms, this is actually a misconception. Smaller pieces such as knickknacks, small vases or figurines can add up and create visual clutter on your room’s surfaces—while larger pieces, when used sparingly, can make the rest of the room seem neat and minimal, which add to the feeling of spaciousness!

Take advantage of hidden storage.

Don’t crowd up your coffee table or floor with books, linens and other items—instead, take advantage of hidden storage options to keep them accessible but out of sight. For example, you can pick up a hollow ottoman or bins for under the sofa to tuck clutter away.

Take the vertical route.

Anything that draws attention to the ceiling can make a room feel taller and larger. Build your storage up by adding bookshelves closer to the ceiling (as opposed to down by the baseboard). For an even airier feel, you can use floating shelves to house your books and trinkets.

Add elongating touches.

Some décor schemes add to the feeling of space in a room—like stripes, for example. A striped rug or other piece that has stripes running along the length of your room can appear to stretch out the space in the viewer’s eyes.

Go with glass.

Where and when you can, add glass furniture pieces to your room. One of the simplest and most common ways to do this is to add a glass coffee table—it serves its purpose but doesn’t take anything away visually.

Small rooms may pose a challenge to homeowners—but we hope that these tips will make designing them at least a little bit easier. 

Maximizing a Small Space

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