15 Dec Making a Small Space Look Bigger
Living in a small space can be a truly wonderful thing; you save on energy costs, property taxes, rent, and a bunch of other things; in a lot of cases, it’s also good for the environment! That said, it doesn’t always feel like upside; when you and your guests are feeling cramped inside your home, it can be a bit upsetting! Fortunately, “feeling cramped” is a very subjective thing, and subjective experience can be influenced pretty easily by using some classic design tricks to make the space feel bigger. Unless your guests pull out measuring tape, they’ll never guess how small the space actually is!
One of the best ways of creating the illusion of space is by using transparent materials for your furniture, including Lucite and glass. Being able to see through the items makes them seem like they take up less room. This same logic can also be applied to a small bathroom, in which you might opt to use a clear shower curtain.
Decorating with light colours is incredibly helpful when trying to make a space look bigger; light colours don’t absorb as much light as darker colours, so they tend to make people feel less crowded. This rule can apply to the paint you use, the furniture you decorate with, or even the quartz countertops you might install in your kitchen and bathroom.
The furniture you use in your home will have a huge impact on how big the space looks. A good rule is that pieces that occupy a lot of space are actually better in a small space than a number of smaller pieces. That may seem counterintuitive, but the reasoning is solid: multiple small pieces take more visual processing, so they cause our minds to see the space as cluttered. Corner couches are particularly well-suited to this task; they free up visual space and physical space, by using the oft-neglected corner of the room.
There’s a classic trick to create the illusion of space you’re probably familiar with from dining out; use mirrors! Mirrors are especially useful if you don’t have as many large windows as you’d like; they reflect light nicely, brightening up the room. They also make it literally look like the room extends past its true ending point; a large mirror can make a room appear much bigger than it actually is.
In the same vein as mirrors, having your furniture face towards a window is a great way of adding space, because you and your guests will be focused on the vastness of the outdoors. This can be a great opportunity to encourage people to turn away from their screens and towards good conversation.
All of these tricks are handy, but the number one thing to remember when creating space in a small area is to stay organized. No place looks too big when there are piles of laundry on the floor. Staying organized doesn’t just make your space look bigger: it reduces your stress levels significantly. Declutter your home, declutter your mind and make space for what matters.