Why do you want to achieve the look of a bigger space?
Rooms that feel large invite a sense of relaxation, of having a dedicated area to unwind after a long day – we enjoy the feeling of spreading out, and of having room.
However, for many of us, the reality of owning or renting properties is that our dreams often conflict with our means. But rather than despair if your space is feeling a little cramped, this is where you can put into practice some easy tricks to create the illusion of space in no time!
We’re exploring three key methods you can use to transform a space from small and confining to spacious and fresh. Whether that’s decorating creatively to add to the illusion or using your space smartly with handy storage solutions, these are easy ways to create the feeling of more spacious rooms without costing the earth.
Use A Neutral Colour Scheme
An important starting point is your colour scheme; using dark colours is the biggest no-no for creating a greater sense of space. Instead, a neutral colour scheme can bring a feeling of lightness that draws the eye outwards.
Bring the colour scheme together using accessories, soft furnishings and wall features like shelving and wall art prints.
By adding accessories in the same colour palette as your walls, you can create a cohesive scheme that feels welcoming and relaxing. Shelving can serve to move clutter from your other surfaces, making the space feel less hectic.
Neutral wall art can add personality and intrigue to blank walls without dominating a small space. By maintaining the same colour scheme throughout, you can ensure that no singular focal point draws the attention from the rest of the room.
Plus, if you find the right decor for the room, having shelves or art on the walls can draw the focus from the room’s dimensions and create a more dynamic space that feels larger than in actuality. But be careful; it’s just as easy to go overboard and fill the room too much with accessories. Everything in balance!
Declutter Your Space
Possibly the most essential factor in making your space look bigger is keeping it free from clutter and maintaining a well-organised atmosphere. There’s nothing more shrinking than objects taking up space that don’t serve a purpose.
Besides, we’ve all been in a room which just has too much going on. Clutter can lead to an unorganised, haphazard state of mind within that particular space, resulting in stress, anxiety and a crowded environment both mentally and physically.
Go through everything in your room and determine whether you need this in the space for a specific purpose or if it might be time to let go of it or move it into a different area.
Whilst decluttering and arranging your space, you should make sure that your furniture isn’t sitting too close together. By blocking together furniture, you can block all views to the bottom of the wall and therefore bring the edge of the room inwards.
Furniture and objects with clean lines can make your room feel more minimal and result in a more effective use of space.
Keeping your furniture as spacious as possible also creates more accessible walkways – if you’re banging your shins on that footstool every time you walk past, that’s a one-way ticket to feeling irritated and cramped within the room. Not everyone has swathes of space to play with, so be smart about your layout! Create a route that brings an element of the feng shui ‘flow’ with it.
You could also consider using smart storage solutions to make sure belongings are hidden from view or kept in one place. If you’re trying to improve a lounge area, using footstools with built-in storage or stylish storage units can turn your living room storage from chaotic to clever.
Open Up Your Space With Creative Lighting
Additional layers of lighting can give rooms a sense of depth and create zones that divide the space.
Using a softly lit lamp in the corner of a room, you can create a point of focus that both zones the room into ‘sections’ so the space feels more dedicated to differing moods or purposes and can also extend the corners. Tall floor lamps or hanging ceiling lamps are helpful to draw the eye upwards.
Reflective surfaces like mirrors are a simple way to trick the eye into thinking the space is more expansive than it is. By tactically placing mirrors in a place that can reflect light, you can also bounce the light around to make the room appear bright and airy.
When decorating a small room, most of the time, less is more. Not being overly ambitious with your decor ensures you can keep the room feeling uncluttered and not overly stimulating. Keeping large furniture to a minimum can open up the walls and feature the walls themselves.
Meanwhile, wall features like framed wall art and shelving draws attention upwards to create a greater sense of space that feels open and inviting.