Lately the hottest trend in living is to downsize our living space and maximize our actual living. Whether you live in a trendy tiny house, a studio apartment, or overall just have a small space, there are things that you can do that will help make your space look and feel larger than it is. We’ve gathered a list of our favorite suggestions of simple things you can do to really maximize your small space!
CLEAR CLUTTER AND ORGANIZE
Having too much stuff in your space will make your room feel small no matter how big it is. When you are already starting out with a small space you want to make sure that you are careful not to overcrowd it. Organization is key! Everything should have its own space and be neatly organized in a manner that will not crowd the room.
USE COLORS TO YOUR FAVOR
If you have a small space that you want to make feel larger you will want to make sure you use light colors on both the walls and the floor. Darker colors make an area feel closed in and smaller, while lighter and brighter colors make the room feel more open and airy.
Have you ever noticed that when you wear clothes with vertical stripes you look taller? The same thing applies with using stripes in a room. Using a striped rug will make your room look and feel longer than it is!
FIND WAYS TO DRAW THE EYE UPWARD
If you can find a way to draw attention upward within your small space, it will make your room feel like it is taller and larger. There are a couple different ways you can do this. One idea is to paint your ceiling or use a printed wallpaper on it. Another way to draw attention upward is to hang shelves near the ceiling.
PLACE FURNITURE STRATEGICALLY
How you place your furniture can really affect how the room will look and feel. If your furniture is all placed up next to the wall and takes up too much space in the room, then the room will quickly begin to feel cramped. To open your space up, place furniture in the middle of the room or at least a few inches off of the wall and make sure that walkways are clear around other open spaces. You don’t want your furniture to block the view to the doorway leading to other open spaces as this extra view can help make your space feel larger. You also want to make sure that your furniture is not too large for your space. Surprisingly when it comes to furniture in small spaces, bigger is actually better. It is better to choose one or two simple but larger furniture pieces than it is to overcrowd the room with multiple smaller pieces of furniture and accessories.
This is an old trick but for good reason. Mirrors will reflect light throughout the room and make your space look and feel larger. The larger your mirror the bigger the impact it will have in your space. It is also a good idea to place the mirror strategically across from a window, so it will reflect not only the natural lighting but also the outdoor space which will give the added benefit of adding more scenery and depth to your space and making it look and feel even larger!
KEEP WINDOWS OPEN
While adding curtains and drapes to your space is usually a great means to decorating a room, they can also make a small space feel cramped and smaller. In small spaces, it is better to keep your windows exposed so you will get the natural light flowing into the room and the additional scenery to add depth to your space and make it feel larger and more open. If you are worried about privacy you can also add shutters or blinds instead of curtains or drapes. However, if you absolutely want to add curtains or drapes for a decorative touch, get them long enough that you can hang them all the way to the ceiling which will draw attention upwards and make the room feel larger.
By using these tips, we are sure that you will be able to maximize the space in your current home and make it feel larger, more open, and more inviting for you and your guests!