A tiny kitchen and washroom, low ceilings heights and restricted spaces — all these lead to a belief that you live in a smaller place and you stop styling your home exactly as you want it. HungryBoo brings you these hacks that would help you increase the space or perception of space to make a small room feel bigger.
To help give you some inspiration, here are 10 ways which can help to transform small spaces in your home.
#1: Choosing the right curtains
If you choose the same color for your curtains as you have on the walls, it will give a sense of volume to the room. Avoid selecting curtains which are thick, heavy and long.
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#2: As much natural light as possible
Don’t use window ledges as bookshelves, and don’t put flowers there either. The window panes should always be completely clear and clean. Even the smallest room, if filled with the maximum amount of natural light, will feel more comfortable, airy and cozy all at the same time, rather than cramped.
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#3: Furniture on legs
Whether it’s a sofa or a bed, a work desk, cupboard or chest of drawers, a great way to enhance actual as well as the perception of space in a room is to have everything on legs rather than pressed against the floor.
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#4: Order in the house
Think carefully about how best to store things in your home, and pay attention to always clearing away shoes, clothes and other objects so that they’re left only in their designated place. Avoid having too many cushions and other decorations. A sense of chaos in the home, whilst for some may feel homely, only increases the perception of a lack of space to live and breathe.
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#5: Neutral colors as your base colors
You can never go wrong in choosing light, warm pastel colors for your walls, ceiling, floor and some pieces of furniture. You’ll be surprised how much this enhances the feeling of space in a small room.
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#6: Use of mirrors
Mirrors placed close to windows are instrumental in creating a greater sense of space. Mirror-doors for a wardrobe or the door to a room are a great option here.
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#7: Multi-use furniture
It’s always good to have a preference for multi-use furniture — a sofa which turns into a bed, for example, or a fold-away kitchen table; a chair on wheels which can be used in various rooms. The space in a small room should never be static if at all possible. The more you can shift things into different rooms or change the position of furniture kept in one room, the more space you will have in it at any one time.
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#8: Use the height of a room to maximum effect
A great way to save space is to have a bookshelf (or any other kind of shelf where you store various objects) which stretches from the floor to the ceiling. They may seem overly large at first, but you will notice the difference in terms of the space saved and your perception of the room’s size.
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#9: Enlarge the windows
Hang the curtains high on the wall, and have them extend to the floor. Provided they aren’t too dark or thick and allow light through, this will create a feeling of greater space by making the window opening seem to cover the entire wall.
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#10: Don’t place all your furniture along the walls
Don’t be afraid to place a table or sofa diagonally in a room, or right in the middle of it. Create a comfortable, functional living space rather than a dance floor in the centre of each room. Placing everything along the walls has the effect of increasing your awareness of how little space you have, rather than increasing it.
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#11: A bright ceiling
According to one, erroneous piece of advice, the ceiling in a small room should always be painted white. This isn’t true. Try painting it a bright color, and you’ll be impressed how much more airy the room feels.
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