Although small rooms may seem cozy and fun, they can be suffocating at times. As you fill your home with all your belongings, storage space becomes an uncommon commodity as your trinkets seemingly begin to pile up on all the surface area in the house. This can leave the house looking cluttered and even more closed-in. We get it, not everybody has the luxury of having that extra square footage. However, rather than settling for your dysfunctional space, here are three easy ways on how to design your own house to appear more spacious and open.
Small Room Design Ideas
Whether you live in a house or a small apartment complex, there are easy tips and tricks to create the illusion of a bigger and more spacious home. This can be done by purchasing the right furniture, artwork, and ornaments.
1. Statement furniture with a dual purpose.
- Low and high: Sofas with low arms add room height and make the room feel bigger by allowing an overall view from multiple angles. This can also create movement in the space.
- Select furniture with a “wow” factor: The “wow” comes from small characteristics such as materials used, accents, details, and patterns. This will enable you to style a room that reflects your personality. Have fun and show off your individuality!
- Multi-purpose functionality: Selecting furniture with a dual purpose allows flexibility in life whilst removing the need for excess furniture. This also can improve overall traffic flow, so that you do not have to worry about weaving and navigating through furniture.
- Show off some leg: Forget skirted sofas with or boxy chairs. Instead, opt for height and sleek lines which reflect light and create a sense of space
- Avoid small furnishings: Multiple pieces of small furniture can reduce the flow of movement in the living room. Large sofas that fill the room give the illusion of space whilst maximizing comfort.
2. The ABC of artwork.
- Arranging smaller artworks or photographs can be grouped together neatly to replicate a single piece.
- Oversized, Bold artwork will draw the eye upwards, becoming the focal point of the room and give the appearance of a bigger space.
- Create unity by coordinating Colors of the Artwork with soft furnishings like cushions and throw rugs.
3. Ornaments styled right.
- Larger ornaments provide more impact, creating a sleek and modern sense of style. As a result, rooms appear clean, crisp, brighter and bigger.
- Reduce the number of ornaments on your shelves by only displaying a few of your favorites. By keeping a few pieces of furniture or a few shelves clear of ornaments, the number of ornaments is reduced. Therefore, and appear less cluttered
- Excess ornaments can be kept in boxes or in a cupboard and rotated every season for a fresh look, allowing you to still enjoy the benefits of those treasured belongings.
- Place items on furniture with less use. This reduces breakage and increases functionality and comfort.
- Add depth with items of varying heights and in groups of two or three. (The vase displayed has two stems of orchids in varying sizes).
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