The struggle of finding room for all your stuff is real. It’s true. Organizing a small apartment involves a lot of hard work. You not only need clever design solutions, but also a lot of perseverance to see the fruition of your efforts. Whether you live in a studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room, these small space design ideas will save your life. Try some of these clever tips and it’ll be unrecognizable before long. No matter how big our homes are, they never quite seem big enough!
Choose Cool Colors
We all know that white makes everything look bigger, but if you can’t face up to such a cold, blank canvas, opt for light, soft colors. Replace dark blues and greys with light greens and blues to brighten up your living room and make it instantly feel more spacious. Pick monochromatic colors are easy on the eyes, so you’ll be able to take in the whole room without being interrupted by contrasting colors.
Go Crazy with Mirrors
The benefit of mirrors is two-fold: First, they reflect light, which brightens rooms. Second, they give the illusion that the room is doubled. Choose large, vertically hung mirrors with thin or no frames.
Pick the Right Dining Table
If your living room also acts as a dining room, be cautious when picking your table. Ideally, you want something that gives you the most space to use whilst taking up the least.
Blur the Lines
Using a patterned wallpaper and continuing it on all walls can blur the illusion of where one wall stops and another one begins, thus making the room appear wider. In this petite powder room, a busy psychedelic wallpaper hides how narrow the vanity space actually is.
Take Advantage of High Ceilings
If a small space, you might have higher ceilings that can be a major advantage for enhancing a room’s layout. An extra sleeping or storage area is practical and can make the whole home feel larger than it really is.
Use Decor to Add Visual Interest
Having several different lighting sources at different heights will draw your eye to different areas of the room, making it feel bigger and more interesting,” says Murphy. She also recommends adding a larger attention-getter to balance scales, such as a piece of art or built-in bookshelves. Try an eye-catching gallery wall or artwork or mirrors, or add a bold accent wall or wallpaper.
Switch up Your Approach to Hanging Curtains
Hanging curtains from the ceiling instead of the top of the window frame will make a smaller space appear bigger by creating the illusion of height and depth.
Get Rid of Clutter
The number one rule, of course, with any small space, is to remove as much clutter as you can. Leave at least half the space on shelves and tables empty for a more spacious and dramatic look. Decluttering your living room will instantly make it look roomier. Plus, you’ll have less to clean and less to worry about.
It’s tempting to stuff your shelves with everything from books to last month’s shopping bags, but you should avoid filling up your living room shelves Leave some empty spaces to show the true depth of the room and create an airy look. Save floor and surface space by choosing a wall-mounted lamp, rather than floor or tables-standing. If you have lots of books you need to house, pick floor-to-ceiling bookcases as this will make your ceilings look higher.
Keep Your Floor Visible
Have a clear floor as much as possible by choosing sofas and TV stands with legs. Your room will feel instantly more open as light will be able to flow underneath. Glass coffee tables are also a great idea as the light will be filtered through to the floor.
Mount Your TV
A media console is the biggest space waster in a small living room. Mount your TV on the wall or above a fireplace and you’ll regain necessary floor space.
The good news is that the key to successful small-space living might be easier than you think. It all boils down to tricking the eye into perceiving more space by employing three simple concepts: scale, light, and movement. Hope you’ve enjoyed these tips. Small spaces are all about editing. The more pieces, possessions, and patterns you have in a room, the more cluttered it will feel. Avoid too many knickknacks or at least group them so they read as an installation.