Make a small room look bigger in 5 easy steps
One of the most common questions our stylists receive is: how do I make a small room look bigger?
Well, you asked and we answered. Here are five simple interior design tips to make a small room look bigger. Which one will you try?
Step 1: Refresh the paint job
It’s a given that lighter colours help rooms to appear bigger and airier. But there are other optical illusions you can use to your advantage that doesn’t involve painting your walls a shade of white. The finish of the paint is also important – while you want a matte shade for the walls, try choosing a gloss for accents such as door frames and skirting boards. The shiny paint will help reflect the light without being too glary.
Step 2: Choose furniture wisely
Furniture shopping isn’t always an easy job with a small room. First of all, get out the measuring tape and make sure you know exactly how little space you have to work with – there’s nothing worse than unloading or building the furniture and realising it doesn’t fit. Stick to low-lying furniture to open up the space, but don’t be tempted by lots of small pieces over a comfortable piece of furniture, as this will just make your home look dingy and cluttered. Positions are everything, and while you may be tempted to place furniture against the wall, “floating” furniture towards the middle creates a much better flow through the space.
Step 3: Double duty furniture
Clutter is one of the biggest reasons why rooms look more cramped than they really are. So while you should take stock of everything in your home and get rid of what’s not needed, some smart storage solutions can help. Opt for functional furniture that can do both – for example, a side table with a drawer, banquette seating, an ottoman or bed with hidden storage. Make this a priority when shopping for new furniture and you’ll never struggle for a place to put things again.
Step 4: Install mirrors
Mirrors are no longer a secret to interior designers – they help reflect light and create the illusion of extra space. But the trick is in how you use mirrors. For example, angle them opposite a light source (lamp or window) to make the most of their enhancing properties. Don’t be afraid to go big and pop a full-length mirror in not only the bedroom but the living room too. And remember that mirrored surfaces count – so polish up those counters, invest in glossy tiles, and shine on!
Step 5: Make a statement
Remember how we talked about the way small furniture can make a small room look… well, small. The same goes for decor. Miniature vases, lamps, pottery and artwork will all give your home an unwanted dollhouse effect. Instead, go for the statement vase or the sweeping artwork – trust us. One or two big-ticket items will draw the eye rather than crowd the vision.