We can’t always get everything we want. We may find the perfect house in the perfect location, but not every room is perfect. Sometimes rooms are snug. Cozy. Old-world. In other words, small. A small room doesn’t have to be relegated to empty space or some half-used, half-decorated nook. With just a bit of planning and ingenuity – and a modicum of design advice – a small room can go from squashed to splendid.
Make Your Small Room Big With These Design Tricks
If you’re trying to fit a big design into a small space, consider these tips:
1. Make the Pieces Work.
In fact, make them do double- or even triple-duty. Instead of a coffee
table, use a storage ottoman or a small chest with a tray on top – and blankets stored inside.
2. Eliminate the Additional.
You need to be selective when using space in a confined area. Your multi-hued collection of Murano glass might look glorious in a large room, but a big collection can be just too much for a small room. Design experts suggest that you keep the clutter to a minimum – and this includes cluttery decoration.
Does this mean your space should clean to the point of asepticism? No. Just be aware that your use of colour – or your use of many colors – will be magnified in a small room. What is cute and eclectic in a big space can be unorganized and overwhelming in a small one.
3. Bring in Light.
Light seems to counteract that claustrophobic feeling. Make the most of your windows. Opt for sheer or light-coloured curtains, or leave the curtains out altogether. While you don’t have to stick with a whiter shade of pale on the walls, consider a monochromatic look that lightens as you go toward the ceiling. And learn to love mirrors – they give the illusion of doubling space and light in a small area.
4. Pay Attention to Your Furniture.
Can you bring a large piece, say a regal sofa, into a small room? Sure. Just don’t crowd it with end tables and other sidekicks, and match it to your colour scheme. If a statement piece is not in your budget, than try to scale your furniture to your room’s size. Instead of a sofa, a loveseat, two oversized armchairs, and a brace of tables, can you be happy with one loveseat and two small armchairs? Oversized furniture in a small room usually says overstuffed, not inviting.
Rooms don’t have to be large to accommodate your style – or your comfort. With some imagination, you can make a small room feel positively airy.
Are these tips helpful?
Good luck with your renovations!!