If you’re reading this article, chances are that you have recently moved into a new apartment or are planning to updo your current one and are dissatisfied with the amount of space you have to display your décor. Worry not as you’re definitely not alone in feeling frustrated by the size of your room. No matter what you do, everything just looks cramped and huddled together!
Well, here are a few simple tricks and décor ideas to create the illusion of a bigger room. Go ahead and try out to see which one works best for you –
1. Color is Key-
The first thing you should focus on is choosing a color palette for your room. Check out the color wheel if you are confused about which colors go well together. Choose a maximum of three colors for your entire room and play around with them. The moment you bring in multiple colors into the same room, you are creating multiple focal points and therefore a very busy and cramped space. Keep one neutral color like white, grey, or brown and two other analogous or contrasting colors.
Minty green pastel color such as this can make your room seem bigger
Next, zero in on the color of your walls. This is what covers the maximum space in the room and, naturally, draws the most attention. Deep and dense colors that absorb light make a room look smaller and darker than it is. Pastel shades are your safest bet. Go for colors like light yellow, mint green, sky blue, blush pink, mauve, beige, etc. Alternatively, you could leave your walls stark white and add color through other objects in the room. Lighter hues reflect more light and therefore tend to make the room appear spacious.
Use the darker color of your palette for statement pieces. It could be in the curtains, bedsheets, or even a large piece of furniture. So, if you have light yellow walls, your statement color could be a mustard yellow, bright red, or a moss green or even a deep purple. As I said, this color will make a huge difference to the dynamics of your space by adding visual depth but be sure not to go on an overkill.
2. Wall Décor-
Wallpapers are a great way to add texture and excitement to a room. For a small room, however, choose a single wall for the wallpaper and keep the color either the same or similar to the other walls. The lesser breaks your eyes have, the lesser cramped the room will feel.
Don’t create a gallery wall with multiple frames of varying sizes in a small room. It will look cluttered and too busy for space. Choose one or two large photos and place them in a spot where you have light falling on them. Go for pictures with a lot of negative space, that is, empty or color-blocked spaces. A close-up of a face against a stark background, a quote with very little images, or a landscape are better options than images with a lot of details, like a busy market or a group photo.
3. Minimalism is the Mantra-
The less cluttered your room is, the emptier space it has, and the larger it will look. Don’t have too much furniture shoved against each other. Definitely not two or three large pieces of furniture. If there is a bed, avoid installing a large wardrobe. A small bedside table and a small cabinet are what you should aim for instead. Leave as much blank space as possible. In small rooms, less is certainly more.
4. Multi-Utility Furniture-
Ok, no big furniture! Then where do you keep all your stuff? This is where you need to get creative with the style of your furniture. Choose a bed with box-storage underneath. Or a bed that can be made to stand upright against the wall, giving a lot of floor space. A study table that can be folded up to look like a wall poster. An ottoman with storage space inside. The trick is to buy furniture that has multiple uses and is easily foldable. Choose decorative baskets instead of regular plastic ones to serve the purpose of storage and décor together. Also, opt for taller furniture rather than broad ones. Cover up wall space instead of the floor.
5. Shine on With Mirrors
Just like lighter shades on the wall, a mirror placed directly opposite a light source will enable more light to flow into the room and automatically make the room look brighter and bigger. This mirror could be a stand-alone framed piece or the doors of your cabinet. If there’s a balcony outside your room, or if the view outside is open and clean, make sure your mirror reflects that. This will connect the room to the outside and create the optical illusion of a larger space.
6. Ceiling-to-Floor Curtains-
This is not just for small rooms in terms of area but also for larger rooms with low ceiling. A floor-to-ceiling curtain in colors similar to your wall will create the appearance of a larger window or door and add the illusion of height to your room.
7. Light it Up-
We cannot emphasize enough the role that light plays in opening up a space. You’ve put a light hued wall paint as well as a mirror? Great! Now, make sure every part of the room gets light, whether natural or artificial. Don’t go for gaudy chandeliers; instead, bohemian-style or modern minimalist lampshades or ceiling lights will make your room look spacious and well-designed.
8. Avoid Bold Patterns-
For the curtains, bed covers and other upholstery, choose light fabrics that allow air to pass through easily. The other key is to go for solid colors or small patterns instead of busy patterns. Don’t go for multi-colored upholstery, especially on sofas and larger pieces of furniture. The closer they are to the wall color, the better. Add variety in the form of tone-on-tone designs.
9. Line of Vision–
Don’t block the entryway with furniture. As you enter a room, you should either see the wall or mirror. This creates the first impression of size which is then easily adjusted with the rest of the furniture.