In a small space, every detail makes a difference, from the ceiling down to the floor. If you apply two key elements to every design decision in your room, your space will look much bigger… Spoiler alert! It’s all about creating illusions and bringing in the light.
White looks bigger than black. There is a visual perception called ‘irradiation illusion’ where we perceive white to be bigger than black even when shapes are the same size. In addition to irradiation illusion, light colours reflect light whereas dark colours absorb light, making an area feel small.
So here are 8 tips and tricks as to how you can bring in more light and give the illusion more space:
- Light wall colours:
As highlighted above, white looks bigger than black. White walls are more reflective, and they bounce light around a room whereas dark wall colours absorb light making a room look smaller. So for small rooms, it is best to opt for light wall colourings, use dark colours in little details like curtain rails, artwork and decorations to give the room more depth and a point of focus.
- Large Windows
The more light that enters your room, the better. Large windows are your best friend; they allow lots of natural light to enter the room and open up space to the outdoors leading the eye beyond the confines of the walls.
- High ceilings
Ceilings higher than 2.7m make a room seem much more substantial as the abundance of open space above the furniture accentuates the area, leading the eye up. Even without high ceilings, you can emphasise hight with ceiling height windows, curtains, and cabinets/ bookcases. As an added bonus, using tall cabinets and bookcases will give you more storage to hide clutter.
- Long curtains and blinds
Hanging ceiling to floor curtains accentuates a room like high heels elongate legs it instantly makes your room look taller, giving a sense of more space. Stay away from curtains and blinds with bold patterns and colours as they can clutter a room.
- Furniture elevated off the floor
Opt for furniture with exposed legs it will create the illusion of more space. Couches, chairs, cabinets etc. that meet the floor boxes in a room whereas furniture with legs lifts the large piece off the ground, creating more negative space.
- Avoid clutter
Keep your room tidy. There’s nothing that makes a place feel small more than lots of stuff. You might be thinking toys, electronics and other everyday items but too often people clutter by over decorating. When decorating create a focal point with one large object rather than many small accessories, keeping everything else clean and straightforward, you might do this with a large painting or decorative piece of furniture. Keep the embellishments to a minimum, and utilise hidden storage to hideaway other everyday objects.
A Mirror in the right place can make your room look much more substantial. Angling your mirror toward a specific focal point will give an illusion of depth, it’s great to reflect a window to see the outdoors or a glass tabletop. Mirrors also make a room brighter during the day and night by reflecting natural and artificial light back into a room. Mirrored cabinets and decorations can also have the same effect.
- Simple furniture
Some furniture can make a room look cluttered. When designing a small room, it’s best to choose simple furniture with clean lines, and when possible pick multiple-use pieces such as a sofa bed or storage chess that doubles as a coffee table. The exception to this is if the furniture is your focal point, aside from that try to select items that won’t distract from your focal point. Think of furniture as an extension to your walls, choose pieces that are uncomplicated and similar colours to your walls.