Whether you live in a tiny New York City apartment or a room in your home that is just smaller than the rest, you will definitely have to put more thought into decorating it. If done the right way, you can make this room feel cozy and inviting. You won’t want to pack a bunch of items and large furniture pieces into this space, otherwise, it will feel cramped and stuffed.
Decorating a small space to make it appear larger may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! You will want to find the right balance for your room so that the eye perceives it as larger than what it really is. Lucky for you, we have all the tips and tricks on how to do just that. So, let’s get right into it.
1. Let The Light Shine In
If you have large doors or windows in your room, you already have a major advantage. If you don’t, that’s still okay, don’t fret, there are plenty of ways to bring light into your space. Light, whether natural or artificial, is going to make your space feel more open and airy.
Ceiling lights, table lamps, or floor lamps will all work if you are not satisfied with the natural light you have throughout your space. Be sure that the lighting works for the different times of days you will need it to. If this is somewhere you read at night, make sure the table lamp will give you enough light to see what you are reading!
2. Opt For White
White has a lot of power when it comes to making your room feel bigger. The white walls and white ceiling create a blur between the two, causing your eyes to travel up and not be able to distinguish where one ends and the other starts. This makes your room appear bigger because the ceilings seem taller than they really are. Using the color white on your walls essentially does the same thing as using tons of light. It makes the room feel open and airy. It also simplifies a room, and that’s exactly what you will want to do in your small space.
Of course, you may be worried that your all-white room may feel bland or boring. You can easily spice your room up with some accent pieces like colorful pillows or cozy throw blankets and of course, wall art! This may be the only time we don’t suggest going crazy with the wall art, only because you don’t want your room to feel like its closing in on you, but adding a picture frame or two will get the job done!
3. Use Mirrors
Sure, they’re great for decoration, but they can also make your room appear bigger. As the saying goes “the bigger, the better” and this remains true with mirrors. Mirrors can expand your walls, break up any clutter, and boost the light in your room, and they trick the eye to perceive more space. There are so many ways to add mirrors to your room. Wall mirrors, standing mirrors, a mirror above your fireplace or bedroom dresser — the possibilities are endless!
4. Go For “Light” Furniture
Sure, this can refer to the color of your furniture, as we mentioned before, lighter colors are better for smaller spaces, but really we mean the visual weight of your furniture. The visual weight of an object has to do with the way our eyes interact with the object and are attracted to it. In other words — how much your eyes think an object weighs. Bulkier items automatically are perceived as heavier in our eyes, whereas sleek, thin items, are considered lighter. But it’s much more than just how heavy an item looks, color, pattern, texture, shape, and proximity also play a part in how much an item visually weighs.
With that being said, you want the items in your room to balance each other out and create a comfortable room! Too many “heavy” items can make your room feel over cluttered and crowded, too many “light” items can make it feel like your room isn’t complete or bare. You want to get a nice combination of both. If you go for a bulkier couch, consider getting a sleek coffee table. Be sure to distribute items of different “weight” evenly throughout your room to keep it even.
5. Maximize Your Space
This tip goes along with the visual weight of your furniture. Since you are short on space, you will want to maximize your space by placing your furniture accordingly. For bigger furniture pieces such as a sofa or bedframe, you will want to place them against the wall, or as close to it as possible. Ottomans, chairs, beanbags and the like can be placed more in the middle of the room, as long as they don’t block any walking path.
7. Cut Out The Clutter
No one likes clutter, especially not in a small room. Try and keep your room clutter free and clean, to allow you more space for other essential items. One way to achieve this is by adding more storage to your room. Try to use storage pieces that double up their purpose. For example, look for ottomans that open up and double as storage. You can store extra blankets, decorative pillows, or even keep your games in there to whip for family game night. Find a T.V stand or coffee table that have drawers underneath for extra space. The less you have out in the open, the less congested your space will feel.
7. Avoid Patterns
Sometimes, patterns can be a great way to express yourself through home decor. Polka dots, stripes, chevron, there are so many patterns. And while they are fun, they could make your space feel overwhelming, and in turn, cluttered and smaller.
Instead, opt for solid colors to use around your space. Pillows, throw blankets, wall art, and other decor accessories can help bring your space together, without making it feel jumbled. There are tons of colors that are popular in 2021 for home decor. Sage green, cool blue, gray, and of course, beige, which has always been a popular color.
8. Use Transparent Items
The use of transparent items has the same effect as balancing out the visual weight we talked about in the earlier section. Consider purchasing a glass table for your dining room or a glass entryway table. The use of transparent items gives off an “invisible” look to your space, so while it is still there and is functional, it won’t be getting in the way of anything, so to say.
We understand that decorating your small space can seem tricky, but it doesn’t have to be! We hope that by following these simple tips and tricks, you can make the most out of the space you do have! Remember, try to keep your space feeling light and airy in order to achieve making your space appear larger. It’s all about how you can deceive the eyes.
If you followed any of our tips and added them to your space, be sure to share photos with us on social media. We look forward to seeing what you have created!