Go from tiny pad to luxurious penthouse in 10 simple steps.
1. Don’t Crowd The Walls
It’s fun to have your photos and art pieces up a wall, know that clusters of things create visual chaos. This is the last thing you should do to a small room. Consider having just one outsize piece of painting, instead of a group of smaller ones.
2. Go for neutral paint colours
While dark walls make a room dramatic, they can make a room look smaller. On the other hand, light or pale rooms have a more spacious and airy look. Go for off-whites or light greys and the lightest of pinks to make a room feel cosy.
3. Keep your windows bare
Time to keep those curtains away and let the sun in. Rooms with an abundance of natural light will feel more roomy. You can even save electricity! But if you covet privacy, go for blinds; they’re less voluminous, and so take up less space.
4. Create clear pathways
When you don’t have the luxury of a spacious room, it’s important to get from one point to another without any obstacles to block your way. If you can’t walk around freely, then it’s time to rethink your layout and choice of furniture.
5. Use multifunctional pieces
Invest furniture that can serve as many functions as possible. It is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to streamline a room. Or you can upcycle an old piece of furniture and make it into something still usable. How about using your old chest of drawers in the kitchen to store crockery? You can also use it as a countertop!
6. Place mirrors on the wall
Want an instant way to make your room appear spacious? Hang a large mirror in the room. Or, better yet, get a full-length mirror and lean against a wall. Alternatively, you can also place it opposite a window, to reflect the view outside and make the room feel brighter. You can also create a statement wall by hanging multiple mirrors.
7. Show off your legs
The next time you go furniture shopping, look out for couches, tables or chairs with visible legs. When your furniture is covered up with tablecloths or drapes, it blocks your line of vision. Give the legs a little room to breathe and you’ll see a big difference. Besides, it’s easier for to vacuum and clean the room this way.
8. Spring clean regularly
Declutter relentlessly if you live in a small space. If you haven’t used something in half a year—or wouldn’t buy it now—get rid of it. If you need any help with decluttering your room, here are some amazing ideas to try. After getting rid of the stuff that you don’t need, your space will have room to breathe. Feels amazing, doesn’t it?
9. Go from floor to the ceiling
Consider adding floor-to-ceiling or wall-to-wall bookcases or wardrobes. This trick will visually heighten your walls, and is a great way to add storage (crucial for decluttering). But at the same time, don’t fill every exposed shelf in a room. Leaving some empty will give your small space an airy look.
10. Paint your ceiling
One unconventional but effective way to make your room bigger: paint your ceiling in a bright colour. Making your ceiling pop will drive the eye upward, and create the illusion of high ceilings.