After just a week of being forced to spend every hour of every day at home, you might notice that your living space appears just that little bit smaller than it once did. In some cases, it might be possible to literally expand a given room by knocking a wall through; if you’re renting, on the other hand, or you don’t have the budget to carry out extensive restructuring, then you might not have this luxury.
Fortunately, there exists a range of simple tricks that will help you to get the maximum impression of size from a smaller space. Let’s take a look at some of the more effective ones.
Take Storage Seriously
The more ornaments you have cluttering up a given area, the less spacious it will appear. Fixing this problem might mean throwing a few of these items out. On the other hand, it might mean consolidating your storage into a few hubs elsewhere in the property, or incorporating hidden storage in several different places in the room. The underside of beds and sofas might provide a little bit of wasted space that could be put to good use.
People living in a small suite or apartment usually look for different ways to make it look like it has more square footage than they do. While some use floor coverings, furniture, and artwork, using roller blinds remain a surefire way to make the space seem larger than it is.
You may browse online or go straight to a local home improvement shop and go through endless roller blind options. Apart from having the freedom to choose between vertical or horizontal blinds, you may also pick from different materials and colours, which can go well with every room in your home.
If you want to make the room feel larger, it would be wise to stick with a lighter colour. A darker colour tends to make rooms feel more enclosed. Though choosing a cream, white, or eggshell type colour will enable your blinds to lend an airy and peaceful feeling to all rooms.
How you cover windows using blinds may also dramatically change the entire look of small rooms. For an air of sophistication and elegance, consider installing a roller blind, which hangs from your rod above the frame of the windows all the way down to your floor. You may as well replace your Venetian blind with a vertical to maintain the functionality of the windows.
Mixing and matching different colours will break apart the room, which in some cases might be desirable. But if you’re looking to maximise the impression of space, then it’s worth making things as continuous as possible. Install curtains of the same colour as your walls.
You might have heard that darker colours can make a room look smaller – and there’s something to this. So why not look at lighter colours, instead? Choose pastel shades of blue, off-white and green for the greatest possible impression of size.
The more natural light can get into a given space, the larger it will look. With that in mind, you’ll want to ensure that any light that reaches the interior is distributed as widely as possible – and that means installing mirrors. Mirrors have the added bonus in that they can make the walls appear further away than they otherwise might be – larger ones can make a great match for smaller bathrooms.
At the same time, you’ll want to also ensure that your light fixtures are able to reach every corner of the room. That means installing several of them. Standing and table lights can be extremely useful, here – look for slender, lightweight ones that won’t contribute to that feeling of clutter.