It’s not the size of a room that counts but how you make use of it. Some simple decorative hints and tips can help you make the most effective use of the smaller spaces in your home.
1. The Walls
Choose lighter color paint on the walls to make a small room appear larger. Try to stay away from wallpaper prints that are busy or colorful and don’t add any borders or fancy trims that will break up the wall. Horizontal stripes are a good way to give the impression that the ceiling is higher.
Don’t decorate the walls with a plethora of small pictures. Rather select one large painting to adorn one wall that is set in a simple frame. Adding mirrors to the room is a great way to create the illusion of a larger space.
2. The Lighting
If the room is devoid of windows or natural light, it is important to add your own light. Bright lighting is recommended to give the space a lighter and more spacious feel. Wall lights are ideal in rooms with low ceilings where the upward projection can lengthen the look of the walls. Use table or upright lamps to illuminate dark and dingy corners.
3. The Floors
Don’t lay carpets or use rugs and mats in small spaces. Rather use tiles, wood or laminate flooring. The natural lines of these floor coverings will create a longer or wider look depending on the lay. Use larger tiles or floorboards in light colors. Laying tiles on the diagonal can also enhance the spacious look of a room.
4. Window Coverings
Your window coverings are a great way to add some color to your room. Use plain, solid colors for curtains or drapes rather than patterns or print. Buy a curtain rail that is longer than the window and place it nearer the ceiling to make the window appear larger and the walls look longer. Your drapes should always reach the floor. Don’t use pelmets or other window decorations.
Blinds are great for small windows that are placed high above the floor, near the ceiling or in an awkward position.
5. The Furniture
The minimalist approach is advisable when selecting furniture for a small space. Stay away from large or bulky furniture and try avoid prints or patterned fabrics and upholstery. Remember to measure the space and buy only items that will have an essential function in the room. If the room looks bare after the furniture has been placed, decorative items can be added.
It is important to decorate sparingly and make sure that the space is not cluttered with small items and belongings. These items should be stored out of sight. Make use of tables, chairs and sofas that will allow you to store items underneath. Fold-away beds and furniture items that have dual uses are a great additions.
Furniture placement is very important in small spaces. Large items should be placed against walls rather than in the middle of the room. Move your furniture around until you find the most suitable placement in your small space.