There are a ton of reasons to want to make a small room look larger. Maybe you’re tired of feeling cramped in your tiny living room or want to make the most of your studio apartment; maybe you’re trying to sell your home and want to make the guest bedroom look more spacious to entice larger families. A large room conveys openness, warmth and a sense of welcoming. With a couple of strategic tweaks, you can make a small room do the same while maintaining a cozy feel!
Keep it proportional.
If you have a small space to work with, you’re going to want to scale everything down. Use sleek, smaller-scale furniture to keep the room from feeling crowded. This will help you optimize your floor space and traffic flow as well. Are you the kind of person who lives by a “go big or go home” mantra? Then if, for example, you have a large sofa in a small living room, make that the focal point and limit the use of a lot of additional furniture pieces so as not to clutter the space. Since multiple pieces of large scale furniture can often overwhelm a small room, you can try a large statement piece of wall art as your one large piece instead. It will stand out and make the room feel larger!
Keep it light and airy by allowing some breathing room between the furniture and the walls. Avoid pushing all of your furniture right up against the wall—give your pieces some space (like end tables, for example) from the wall.
Plan out your colors.
Color is an extremely powerful tool in all types of art, and interior design is no exception. Stay away from medium shades and tones that wash out a room. Sticking to either very light or very dark colors will produce contrast and add depth, which creates the illusion of space—and this job is all about illusion.
A general rule of thumb is that dark colors work best in rooms facing north, and light colors look better in south-facing areas (because of the natural light). Keeping the color of the ceiling, trim and doors the same is another easy way to make a room look bigger. Try a softer color if the room has more natural light. For those spaces lacking in sunlight use darker hues to enhance the perception of depth.
Home décor is a lot of fun and used strategically it can also be very effective at shaping a room. To make the most of your space, find creative ways to incorporate storage. Use multi-functional furniture to kill two birds with one stone; fill the space without overcrowding it and cluttering it with eclectic stockpiles—try an ottoman with storage inside or drawers for under the bed.
Keep accents simplistic and minimal; choose a few pieces of medium to large scale art, rather than copious smaller decorations. This will make the room feel full and rounded without crowding the walls. You could also try long curtains on the windows to make the ceilings look higher; it’s like grabbing your favorite pair of wedges to make your legs look just a little bit longer in that flirty summer dress.
When possible, always take advantage of a room’s natural light. If your small room is lacking sunlight, then your best bet is to use lamps to spread the light evenly throughout the room and highlight the entirety of your space. Let’s not forget rule number one though: mirrors. Mirrors are your go-to décor item for creating the illusion of openness because they reflect light and other views of the room, leading the eye to perceive more space.
These are just a few of the many clever ways there are to make a room look bigger. If you’re trying to trick the eye of potential buyers but you don’t know where to start, don’t waste time and money trying to figure it out; enlist D.C.’s premier home staging firm. At Red House Staging & Interiors, we have a package that suits your needs and will get you ready to practice your new room augmenting skills on a brand new home!