Fitting everything you own into a small space is an all-too-common problem many tenants face. Here are some helpful tips to make your space look bigger.
From living rooms that have to accommodate a dining area through to bedrooms barely big enough for a bed, fitting everything you need into a small space is no easy task. But that said, there are plenty of easy solutions to help your small space look more inviting and increasingly multi-functional at the same time.
20 tips to make a small room look bigger
- Sit your furniture away from the wall to create an illusion of spaciousness.
- Choose a statement piece to fill your room. Having one couch rather than multiple smaller pieces can reduce the look of clutter.
- Invest in hidden storage and multi-purpose items.
- Think about buying a striped rug to elongate your space. Simply orient the stripes to the length of the room that’s the longest.
- Colour-code your shelves, it will create a look of structure. Anything that makes a group of smaller items look intentionally arranged will help to streamline your space.
- Replace dark shower curtains with a clear curtain.
- Ditch your window treatments to give your pad more depth and reveal the natural landscape outside. If you need privacy, buy some sheer white drapes for an airy feel.
- If you do want to keep curtains on your windows, hang them close to the ceiling, it will give a taller look to your house.
- Use dramatic art pieces to help your room feel more expansive.
- Invest in glass decor – it won’t take up a lot of visual space.
- Use rugs to separate one room into smaller, individual spaces. This can be especially useful in studio apartments.
- Show off your legs! Bigger furniture pieces with exposed legs are perfect for a small space.
- Strategically place mirrors to create the illusion of space. Mirrors sitting across from a window will reflect light and make your room feel larger.
- Take advantage of natural light – it will open up your space.
- De-clutter relentlessly. If you haven’t used it in a year – or wouldn’t buy it now – it needs to go.
- When decorating, choose a colour palette that’s light and neutral to expand your space visually.
- Multi-functional furniture, such as ottomans, can be used as a coffee table and extra seating.
- Furniture that you can fold or stack away is your friend. Just push it out of the way when it’s not in use!
- Don’t fill up every exposed shelf in a room. Leaving some empty space will give your room an airy look.
- If you can remove your overhead fixtures, add several lighting elements around your room – this will draw the eye away from one key spot
Have a favourite space-saving tip? Share your ideas in the comments below!