If you have a small house that you would like to enlarge a little, adding a large extension to it could be tempting, but it is a costly task that takes a lot of time and effort.
Instead, we want you to consider something smaller and more profitable that will open your home in a nice and effective way, but will cause minimal disruptions during the construction process. Your architect can suggest many fantastic options to give your home a little more living space, but before you ask, take a look at our fabulous decorating tips and tricks, as we may have found something that suits you and your home ,
Tricks to enlarge spaces
The good news is that the tricks for a successful small space life can be easier than you think. It is important to trick the eye into the perception of more space by using three simple concepts: scale, light, and movement.
The furniture for the small room must react to certain proportions. In short, when a piece touches the boundaries of space, either up or down or sideways, it is too big. To create a feeling of spaciousness, always leave some air between the sides of your furniture and the walls. (The only exception is a bed, a queen between two walls, for example, creates a cozy den for sleeping).
Also avoid heavy and bulky parts that consume too much space in the room. If you are longing for a big accent (artwork or mirror), hang it on the wall. Do not consume valuable habitat by laying it on the ground.
Furniture that is lower than the floor creates a sense of opening in a room simply because it leaves more space above them. Choose a loft bed in the bedroom or even try to put a mattress right on the floor. In the living room, embrace your interior design style with pieces from the middle of the last century. Or, if your tastes go more to the romantic and decorated, 19th century furniture also has a low profile.
To create the illusion of more space, it is again about creating a sense of openness and movement. The furniture, which is aerodynamic, not only lets light and air flow over but also under and around it so that it seems to float in space. Think back to mid-century modern pieces that are short and long. Or consider the perfect piece of lofty furniture: the butterfly chair.
Any discussion of small spaces should include the idea of using mirrors to create a greater sense of openness. They not only reflect the light, they also reflect the view and deceive the eye so that it perceives more space.
Tricks to gain in breadth
As we have seen with the mirrors, it is about tricking the eye. The curtains prevent the interior from looking outside, even if they do not cover the entire window. However, the curtains only add more things to the room. Eliminating them keeps the space simple. If you want privacy, consider using blinds, light mesh or fabric curtains. If the curtains are important to you, use a bar that extends beyond the window frame so you can fully expose the window.
We all know the reflective properties of white. It opens a space, makes it airier and lighter, calmer and more relaxed. The simultaneous painting of the walls and the ceiling in the same white enhances this effect and blurs the boundaries between the wall and the ceiling so that the eye moves upwards and thus the ceiling is essentially larger. After all, white is a good choice in small spaces that can be confused quickly, as it simplifies the space and emphasizes the architecture. (That’s why the architects love it so much).
If you’re worried that a completely white room feels too cold, combine it with warm elements like wood or textured elements like a knitted blanket. And remember that you do not have to choose an absolute destination.
It is important to create a sense of movement. Like leggy furniture that creates a sense of dynamism, or mirrors that reflect light and a glimpse back into the room, anything that your eye intentionally travels through a room will make you feel bigger.
When it comes to a small room, of course, you want to maximize the space by pushing all the pieces towards the edges. But when you stumble upon things, you can improve a claustrophobic feeling. Sometimes it is better to group the furniture on one side of the room so that people can pass without obstacles.
If possible, avoid heavy materials and fabrics that absorb light and weigh your space. Linen is a perfect example of a lightweight material that enhances the feeling of lightness in the room.
Small rooms must be ordered. The more pieces, possessions and patterns you have in a room, the more messy you will feel. Avoid too many ornaments or at least group them together to look like an installation. Ditto with art; Focus your framed pieces on one or two walls. Avoid busy patterns and overwhelming colors. Or, if you absolutely must have this William Morris wallpaper, consider putting it on an accent wall. Same with color, just paint a wall or door and follow a single tone. Now is not the time to cover the whole spectrum.
The conclusion is that you have to be strict with yourself (in reality this concept applies to all spaces) and intentionally to everything that enters the room. If you choose the accent wall wallpaper, keep the rest of the room simple. If you need this large oil painting in your living room, try making it the only piece of art in the room.