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.
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.