Not all of us are blessed with large open living spaces. But the good news is, if you are working with a smaller space, there are plenty of ways to make it feel a whole lot bigger.
From choosing light and bright wall colours to using mirrors and clever lighting solutions to open up your space, it’s easier than you might think to create the feeling of space in any living environment.
If you’re looking to make your room feel bigger and brighter, here are our top tips.
If you’re working with limited sources of natural light, it’s important to choose your lighting carefully. From lamps and ceiling lights to spotlights and floor lights, there are lots of ways to create the illusion of space using lighting.
By spreading the light evenly and highlighting your walls so that they appear further away, you’ll instantly illuminate a space, making it look and feel far bigger than it actually is. A quick online search will reveal a whole host of lighting options that will complement your living space while helping to add light and space.
It’s no secret in the interior design world that mirrors can make a space feel lighter and brighter. By reflecting both artificial and natural light around a room, mirrors are not only incredibly functional, but they can also enhance the aesthetic appeal of a space.
A clever way to make a room look larger is to always angle your mirrors so that they give the illusion of depth. And don’t forget, if you’re short on wall space, mirrored furniture can do exactly the same job.
Light colour scheme
Did you know that your choice of colour scheme can also have an impact on how big your room feels?
If your space is limited, steer away from darker shades and tones as these colours can make a room feel smaller. Instead, opt for lighter colours and neutral tones that will soften the edges of the room, creating a feeling of open space.
If you want to make your space feel larger, make sure you utilise as much of the available space as possible, including the walls. Hanging larger pictures and shelves, higher up on the walls helps to create the impression that the room is taller and less confined.
When it comes to choosing furniture for your home, you should always factor in scale. So, if your room is on the smaller side, opt for smaller items of furniture. A giant sofa in a tiny room will only make it feel even more cramped.
The way you arrange your furniture can also make a difference to how your room looks and feels. For example, if you have large pieces of furniture, these should be placed against walls to maximise floor space and you should never block doorways or pathways.
If you have limited space, it’s also worth exploring multi-functional furniture such as expandable dining tables, nesting tables, furniture with integrated storage and sofa beds.
Floor to ceiling curtains
Curtains are a great way to add function and style to any space. However, when hanging curtains in a small room, you should aim to hang them from floor to ceiling as this creates a feeling of space.
A room that is messy or cluttered will instantly feel a lot smaller. Don’t be afraid to embrace your inner Marie Kondo and clear out any objects you don’t use or love any more. Invest in clever organisation solutions that will allow you to get your home into shape while minimising clutter.
You should also aim to keep the floor as clear as possible and avoid cluttering surfaces with too many pictures, ornaments or trinkets. If you really can’t bring yourself to throw anything away, you can always put items and furniture in you don’t use in storage.
Quick home improvement tips
Make your room look bigger with our quick tips:
- Introduce plenty of light
- Hang pictures and shelves high up on your walls
- Use mirrors to reflect light around the room
- Consider multi-functional furniture
- Choose furniture with exposed legs
- Use light, bright colours and simple colour palettes
- Keep things simple
- Create a focal point
- Cut the clutter
Ways to make your place look bigger FAQs
What furniture should I use in my small room?
Always choose furniture that corresponds with the size of the room. Multi-functional pieces are a great option as they will reduce the amount of furniture needed in the space, without impacting functionality.
What colours make a small room look bigger?
Bright, light colours will help make a smaller room look more spacious. Opt for white, off-white, light blue, grey, sage green or other neutral shades. These will reflect plenty of light and help create a feeling of openness.
How can I make my living room look bigger and brighter?
The secret to making your living room look bigger and brighter is light – and lots of it! If there isn’t much natural light, add in lamps and light fittings. Mirrors will also help spread light around the room.
Here at Titan Storage, we have a variety of flexible storage solutions that are helpful and convenient. Whether you want immediate short-term storage, or long-term storage for those items that don’t have a place in your home at the moment, get in touch to see how we can help.