If you have small rooms–or a small home–it can be difficult to appropriately decorate them so that you don’t feel even more squished within them. Luckily, there are a few tricks that you can take advantage of to enhance the visual space of the room. This photo from Martha Stewart shows what you can do to free up space in a tiny place.
- Less truly is more | The more furnishings and knick-knacks you put in the room–even if the pieces are small–the more cluttered and smaller the room will appear.
- Take advantage of the light | Enhance the natural lighting by hanging sheer curtains, while installing lightweight shades for privacy at night.
- Reflect the light | Hang mirrors as both decor and as a way to expand the room’s size. Those transparant surfaces seem to fade away, while making the room seem larger than it actually is.
- Use small scale furniture | If you are limiting yourself to a few pieces, it’s tempting to use overstuffed sofas and chairs in order to fill in empty spaces. But don’t do it! Instead, choose sleek pieces that also provides storage–allowing for even less clutter.
- Use multi-functional pieces | If you dont’ have the room for a spare bedroom, choose a sleeper sofa for the area. Use an ottoman that has tucked-away storage, and sleek cabinets with doors to hide more of the storage.
- Brighten the area with lamps | But be careful not to use large table lamps that once again defeat the object of a more spacious-looking room, but instead take advantage of recessed and small-scale lighting. Like the natural light, the lamps will reflect in mirrors and windows, working to enhance the brightness and size of the room.
- Choose the appropriate paint color | Light, bright colors lend their attributes to the walls, once again helping with the appearance of the room’s size.