10 Clever Ways To Make a Room Look Bigger
With apartment living on the rise, and people choosing to live in more urban environments, comes the big change from living in a spacious house to a convenient apartment that’s all about lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle.
Here are our top ten tips to show you how you can avoid cramping your style during your big move.
Space It Out
Shoving furniture against the wall doesn’t guarantee a larger room. Try angling your bed, or a favourite trick of stylists is to float the sofa in the living room with a skinny console behind it. Breathing room around your furniture lends the appearance of more space. Added bonus if your sofa has exposed legs – another clever technique for the illusion of space.
Paint With Light Hues
Dark colours are definitely design-friendly, but they make a room appear smaller. Stick to pale colours such as white, cream, pale greys and blues to keep it light, airy and open. Opt for lighter coloured flooring for added depth too.
Make A Statement
Investing in furniture that serves many functions while making a statement is a simple way to streamline a room. Try a vintage steamer trunk, a designer coffee table or an ottoman with built-in storage to tuck away blankets and books for a clean look.
Mirrors are the quickest way to make a room appear larger. While you may not want wall-to-wall, lean an oversized full-length one against a key wall or hang multiple ones salon style to create a statement wall.
By purchasing a few glass or Lucite pieces of furniture you can quickly transform the sense of space in a small room. Glass and Lucite pieces such as Ghost chairs are totally in style right now, and can provide added function while not taking up too much visual space.
M Is For Monochrome
Paint your walls, trim, and detailing in different shades of one colour, such as white, off-white, and beige to expand a room. You can also try pairing gallery white walls with a very pale grey on trim and detailing for an open-air French-inspired room.
Skip Window Treatments
Skip the dark-inducing drapes and leave your windows uncovered. This will trick your eyes into thinking that your pad’s got depth — and reveal the natural landscape outside. If your room requires some privacy, try gauzy sheer white drapes for an airy feel that will keep prying eyes out.
It’s easy to assume that you should decorate a small space with small furniture, right? But one prominent furniture piece such as a statement armchair or sofa will keep the space uncluttered and open. Play with textures, lighting, and artwork for added dimensions and sophistication.
Allow the great outdoors and natural light inside by opening up glass terraces and winter gardens – this further expands the sense of space in your apartment. Decorate with clever yet durable furniture that seamlessly blends in with the look and feel of your home.
Colour Code Clutter
Whether it's with size or colour or type, anything that makes a group of smaller items look intentionally arranged will make it feel more streamlined. This works for books, shoes or anything else that is visible in your home. Give your favourite items a little structure by arranging them by colour and height to turn a potential clutter disaster into a streamlined display with personality.
Bonus Point - Use Art Pieces
Why not use a large painting or a variety of mixed sizes of artwork to make your room feel more expansive? Instead of a gallery wall, prop the pieces against the wall, on top of drawers or bench tops. Make that the talking point of the room!
A small space doesn’t mean you have to be cramped. Try these room-expanding tricks and see!
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