If you have recently moved this year into your own place, the most exciting prospect is likely doing some decorating and making that space really feel like your own.
Whether you decide to look for a 3 room apartment for sale, or a 4 bedroom house, it is always amazing to have your own space where you can really let that creativity flow.
However when you have a small space to work with it can be difficult to know where to start…
1. Paint or wallpaper on the ceiling
It might sound a little odd at first, but by drawing the eye upwards, you will instantly make any room feel much taller than it is.
This is a great way to add a little quirk to your design and you can really go crazy with the designs you choose for the ceiling, don’t be afraid to add a pattern or bold colors.
If you have a white wall to offset it, it can look stunning. You find this wallpaper backsplash idea
2. Light walls and floors
If you have a larger home, painting your walls with bold colors can add that feeling of cosines.
However, when you are working with a compact space it can make the room feel closed in and gloomy, try to stick to white or pastel colors for the walls and light colored flooring too.
This will open out space and allow you to feel as if you have much more to work with.
3. Have furniture away from the wall
Even though you might think having your furniture against the wall creates more space to move, it can actually create the opposite effect.
By bring your furniture away from the wall instead, you will create an illusion of spaciousness in the room.
4. Make use of multi-purpose items
Take a look at ways you can use furniture for more than one purpose.
By having less furniture in your home, your rooms will seem much bigger.
5. Hang shelves higher up
One of the great tricks you can do to draw attention away from the size of the room is to hang your shelves closer to the ceiling.
In the same way as painting your ceiling, you will be able to draw attention upwards and make your room look much taller by doing this.
6. The cantaloupe rule
There is a rule in design which says that you should not have any decoration which is smaller than a cantaloupe.
It can clutter a room to have lots of smaller decorative items such as ornaments and candles, so instead try to stick to a few larger pieces which will make a statement in the space.
7. Choose statement furniture
In the same manner, as the decorative items, less is more when it comes to statement furniture too.
Instead of having a small couch and chairs in the room, it is much better to have one large couch to give that feeling of spaciousness rather than clutter.
This will make your living space feel much bigger than it really is.
8. Use stripes
You may have heard 5at wearing vertical stripes can make you look taller and thinner: the same goes for your living space.
By laying a striped rug or using striped wallpaper on one of the walls you will give the illusion of space and make the room look as if it goes on for longer.
9. Color code your shelves
If you love color coding and ordering things by size, then this next tip is just for you. If you have a bookshelf in your living area, organize the covers by color so that it seems more structured.
It will give that feeling of space and organization which will, in turn, make the space feel bigger.
10. Use a clear shower curtain
Rather than going for a colored shower curtain to match all of your towels, it is much better to get a clear shower curtain which will allow more lift into the small space.
Or even better, you could go for a glass panel which will create even more of a spacious feel in the room and look much more modern.
11. Get rid of the curtains
By having chunky curtains or blinds on your windows all the time, you are sheltering your living space from light and making it feel more crowded.
Instead, think about just having blinds on the windows to give you the privacy you want but to also not use up all of that wall space beside the windows.
Take a look at this room with no curtains on the windows.
12. Big and bold art
To make your space feel much bigger and as if it goes on forever, choose a piece of art which is large in size and takes up a huge space on the wall.
The effect this gives is making the room feel larger to accommodate the piece.
13. Buy glass
If you want your home to feel modern and large, choose glass decorations to put around the space.
Because glass is clear it won’t take up visual space but you will still be able to have the effect you want.
14. Ditch the overhead lights
Rather than having one huge chandelier or light fitting leering down on your space, opt for a smaller fitting with a couple of lamps.
You will instantly make the room feel taller and give that open feeling.
15. Use rugs
If you have an open plan space in your apartment or small home, you can make the space feel larger by switching to a wooden floor.
Try laying a few different rugs to make it feel as if there are multiple rooms in one.
Place one in your living area and one in the dining area, it will make a big difference to the feel of your home.
You might also find this Area Rug Size Guide helpful.
16. Explore hues
Rather than going crazy with colors and picking a few different ones that you love, try utilizing different hues of the same color.
You will create a great effect in this way because you are still bringing different tones into the space without overwhelming it with too many colors.
If you have painted the walls a pastel grey, try buying a dark grey sofa and a marble grey table to give that accent and make the most of the color.
17. Furniture with exposed legs
If you have seen many contemporary designs, you will notice that they often use furniture with open legs rather than body ones.
Instead of picking a sofa with a boxy bottom, pick one with the legs exposed because you will create more visual space in the room this way.
Get rid of chunky coffee tables and instead pick out a table with thin legs.
18. Use mirrors
The ultimate way to make any space look much bigger than it is is to place mirrors around the space.
By placing a large mirror in your living area you will be reflecting light into the space and this will, in turn, make the area feel larger.
Plus having a reflection on the wall gives the illusion of the room going on for much longer than it does.
Try and place some sort of mirror in each room of the house and you will notice a massive difference when it comes to space.
I hope this guide has given you some ideas that you can use in your home to make it feel spacious even if it is not a large space.
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