We are a big believer in making spaces feel as large as possible. As someone who has lived in small apartments, we’ve found that the trick to making a small space feel bigger is actually fairly simple. Below we’ve got some great tips from interior designers and decorators on how to make your home look larger than it is and enjoy its decorating potential.
The first thing you should do with your modern house design is declutter. Remove unnecessary items from your room, and make sure you have a place for everything. If you don’t, then it won’t feel bigger.
You can use storage containers to store things that are out of season or too small to keep elsewhere in the house (like blankets). You can use shelves to store items that are just not used enough to warrant keeping them on display around the house:
- Small lamps
- Picture frames with photos of family members or pets
Use Light Colours
Light colours can create an illusion of a bigger and brighter room as they reflect light. This is true for both the walls and the floor, but we’ve found that it’s best to use lighter colours on the walls while darker colours are on the floor. You’ll also want your ceiling (if you have one) to be white or light in colour.
Use Paint to Visualise Your Goals
It’s important to use paint that’s the same colour as the wall. The more contrasting colours are between your accent walls and windows, the less visible they will be on your walls. If you’re using white or cream as an accent wall, consider using a darker version of those two colours, so they do not stand out too much from their surroundings.
If you’re planning on painting over existing wallpaper, choose a light colour that compliments what was already there, so there aren’t any stark contrasts between the new paint job and old paper texture (such as yellow against blue). An analogous colour scheme works well here because it helps bring out details in both designs—it also creates depth by adding dimensionality instead of just washing everything away into one uniform shade.”
Strategically Place Accessories and Decorations
These tips will help you make your small space seem much larger than it is.
- Use accessories to draw the eye up to the ceiling.
- Use accessories to draw the eye around a room.
- Use accessories to draw the eye out of a small space.
- Use accessories to draw the eye inwards when you want people’s attention focused on your furniture pieces and decorating scheme instead of just walking by it all day long without stopping.
- Add more furniture.
- Add a rug or two.
- Hang some wall mural artthat is in different colours and patterns, so they don’t look too homogeneous (try finding one with an animal theme).
- Use bright colours and patterns on your pillows and blankets, so it doesn’t feel like you’re living in a cave.
Use a Monochromatic Colour Scheme
Using a monochromatic colour scheme can create an illusion of a bigger room. This means that the room will be unified by using one neutral or light colour, such as white, grey or black; one dark colour, like navy blue; and one bright accent. You can also use a pop of colour if you want to add some life to the space!
If you want to know which colours work best together in a small room, here are some examples:
- White walls with dark furniture pieces like wood tones (browns/black) against cream-coloured bedding and draperies (white). This combination creates an airy feel while still being warm enough for springtime weather outside! Another option would be using charcoal grey bedding instead of white since it won’t overwhelm so much space yet keep things looking clean enough without feeling cluttered depending on how much light your home gets through its windows or patio doors during certain times throughout the year.”
Avoid Dark colours, Patterns, and Textures
Avoid dark colours, patterns, and textures to make a room look bigger.
Instead of using a dark colour like black or charcoal in your wall paint or carpet, use lighter ones that reflect light and make the room seem bigger.
Dark colours tend to make rooms feel smaller because they absorb light and can make rooms feel closed in on themselves. A patterned floor or rug can also make any small space seem larger by breaking up the walls with colour (or even just making them less boring).
Choose a Few Statement Pieces
Statement pieces are the focal point of a room. They help you to create depth and texture in your space while also commanding attention. But what if you have too much furniture? Or is that not enough? Here’s how to choose the right amount:
- Choose one statement piece for each wall and place it at eye level (on an end or side table). This will anchor your design with an anchor point, ensuring that guests can easily see your decorating choices from across the room.
- Don’t use too many statement pieces—it can look cluttered! If there are too many items on display at once, then they won’t stand out as much as they should because there won’t be any contrast between them; instead, everything will blend together like one big colour palette during daylight hours when natural light hits everything evenly but dims down dramatically once night falls overhead.
Go for Glass and Mirrors
Glass and mirrors are another great way to make a room appear bigger. Mirrors reflect light, so they’ll brighten up dark spaces and make them feel more spacious.
But remember that glass can be dangerous for children, especially if you use it for decoration (or if you have small children). And it can also pose some fire hazards.
Use the Right Furniture for the Space
The first and foremost thing you need to do is choose the right furniture. Several factors will determine how well your space looks when it’s furnished, including:
- Size of the room
- Height of the room
- Design and style of the furniture
Opt for Multifunctional Furniture
You’ll have a lot of furniture in your home, so it makes sense that you want to use pieces that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, this dresser has two cabinets and four drawers—one cabinet holds extra clothing, while the other holds shoes and accessories.
The top drawer is great for storing folded laundry when guests come over! It also doubles as a nightstand when guests sleep over (or if there’s too much stuff on your bed). You can put books or other small items inside along with whatever else needs storing on top of it.
This way, instead of having piles of things everywhere in the room like an earthquake-level disaster area after an earthquake hits California—which would cause them all to fall off their shelves onto our heads while we sleep—we’ll only have one place where all these items will stay safe until we decide which ones need replacing later down the road when our budget allows us to go buy new ones (or maybe even donate them).
If you’re having trouble making your small space seem bigger, keep these tips in mind. These essential tips will help you make effective use of every inch of space, no matter how small or big.