Even a small room can live large if you know what to do with it. Today we’ll examine 5 tips to use so your small room makes a big impact – then tomorrow we’ll explore 5 more!
First 5 Tips
1. Get Rid of the Clutter – Lots of “stuff” makes a small room feel cramped. Remove the unnecessary clutter and organize the items you need to keep behind cupboard or closet doors, in chests or armoires. When all but a few select belongings are out of sight, the space will feel more open.
2. Get Colorful – Don’t get trapped into thinking you have to paint the walls white to visually expand the room. Let color embrace you. Use light, cool colors like soft shades of blue, green and lilac to make the space feel open and airy. Select a monochromatic color scheme (colors from the same color family). Use tone-on-tone fabrics, textured wall finishes, and light, tonal drapery fabrics. Also, coordinate your wall, furniture and carpet colors so everything blends together – contrasting colors will break up the space.
3. Don’t Down-Size Furniture – Lots of small scale furniture doesn’t make a room look bigger – just busier and more cluttered. Instead, use fewer pieces of furniture and include “normal” pieces such as a comfy sofa or big comfy bed. Make certain you arrange the furniture so it doesn’t block the view into the room or out the windows and the room will look more open. Also, keep traffic patterns open and the space will feel larger too. As much as possible, keep furniture below eye level so the view of the room isn’t interrupted – consider an ottoman, a low table, armless chairs, etc. and place only a few tall pieces along the walls.
4. Add a Mirror – The leaning mirrors that are currently popular expand a room by reflecting light and space. If you don’t have floor space to lean a mirror hang it. Select a mirror that is as tall as possible and framed in classic gold, silver or black. The space and the light will be reflected for a more open feeling.
5. Big Reflections – A round convex mirror reflects an expanded view of the room. If possible, hang the mirror on the wall facing the doorway so it’s one of the first things seen when entering the space – it will make a big first impression.
Have you put any of these ideas to work in your home? Which ones worked for you? Which might you try? Use the Comment link below to share.
Tomorrow we’ll review 5 more big ideas for a making a small space live large. Don’t miss it!
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