Let’s face it, not all of us are blessed with sprawling mansions where the biggest challenge is deciding which of the 12 bathrooms to use, and that’s okay. We’re perfectly capable of rocking our smaller spaces, right? However, one issue that many of us with smaller homes and smaller rooms have is making those little spaces feel as light and airy as possible.
Well, whether you’ve got one of those fancy loft conversions or a living room that is more little than luxurious, there are lots of things you can do to bring the light and space, as you will see below…
Colour Palette: Light, Bright, and Oh So Right
Start with your colour palette. Dark colours are great for a moody jazz bar, not so much for your already-cramped living room. Opt for light, bright colours. Think whites, creams, or pastels – colours that don’t just scream “light and airy” but serenade it softly. And if you’re tempted by that dark midnight blue, remember it’s better suited for your nails or a dramatic evening gown.
Mirrors: Your Room’s New Best Friend
Mirrors are like the fairy godmothers of small spaces. They reflect light, making your room look bigger and brighter than it really is. Position a large mirror strategically to catch natural light (or a great view if you have one) and watch your room magically expand. Bonus: It’s a great way to check your outfit before you leave the house (or just to admire your fabulous self).
Declutter: Less Stuff, More Space
Here’s a revolutionary idea: declutter. Small rooms can quickly feel like they’re auditioning for an episode of “Hoarders.” Be ruthless. If it doesn’t serve a purpose or spark joy, thank it for its service and bid it farewell. It’s time to embrace your inner Marie Kondo.
Furniture: Size Matters
In the realm of small spaces, not all furniture is created equal. Choose pieces that are proportional to your room. Think slimline sofas, dainty tables, and chairs that don’t swallow up floor space like a black hole. And remember, just because that giant, fluffy armchair feels like sitting on a cloud, it doesn’t mean it belongs in your pint-sized living room.
Lighting: Layer It Up
Overhead lighting can be harsh and unflattering, especially in small spaces. Instead, layer your lighting with lamps, sconces, and maybe some fairy lights for a bit of whimsy. It creates depth and adds a warm, inviting glow, turning your room into a cozy sanctuary.
Curtains: High and Light
Hang your curtains high – and I mean, just-short-of-the-ceiling high. It draws the eye upward and gives the illusion of height. Go for light, airy materials that let in natural light. Heavy, dark curtains in a small room are like wearing a parka to the beach – not the best choice.
Multifunctional Furniture: The Transformers of Interior Design
Embrace multifunctional furniture – like a bed with storage underneath or a desk that folds away. It’s the Transformers of interior design – more than meets the eye. And who doesn’t love furniture that doubles up on function and saves space?
Plants: Bring the Outdoors In
Lastly, why not add some pretty plants and flowers? They will, quite literally let the room breathe by cleaning and purifying the air, so even if it is a bit cramped, you will be able to breathe easy without feeling claustrophobic!
Tiny can be beautiful!0