Are you able to sit on your bed and reach your cupboard at the same time? Do you think the size of your house is equivalent to a pigeonhole? Do you see yourself surrounded by clutter at every turn? If you say yes to these three questions, chances are you’re living in a tiny space and calling it home. But, this is not something that you should be worried about. With a few tips and tricks, you can take your small home and expand it into a much wider area.
Here are five easy ways that can assist you in making the tiniest room seem larger and look more stylish.
1. INSERT MIRRORS TO CREATE AN ILLUSION OF A BIGGER SPACE
When it comes to magnifying a small space, nothing will be as helpful as mirrors. It’s a design trick that interior designers have been using for years. The trick is to either place a giant mirror at a particular spot to create the illusion of a loft-like environment or hang multiple mirrors around the house to give a fake view of a larger space. The reflection from the mirror somehow makes a space look much bigger than it really is. Besides that, placing mirrors directly across from the windows will also add instant light. Allowing a substantial amount of natural light into your house will again make the space look larger. Regardless of the size and quantity, mirrors can immediately change the size, look and dimension of your living space.
2. REARRANGE THE FURNITURE TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF SPACIOUSNESS
People have the tendency of pushing their furniture up against the walls, but do you know that floating the furniture makes a room bigger? We’ve all done this before. Ever since we were young, we’ve seen houses with furniture placed right against the wall. But if you rearrange the furniture slightly and pull it just a few inches away from the wall, you immediately make the space look more open.
3. HANG CURTAINS FROM FLOOR TO CEILING
Here’s another trick that’s easy to replicate by all. Classic panel curtains make a room look more spacious when you mount the curtain rod close to the ceiling, instead of at the window frame. Sleek, floor-length panels bring the eye upwards towards the entire length of the curtains, creating an illusion of height. Apart from the length, adding sheer, lightweight with simple designs also add texture and airiness to the entire area. However, it’s also worth mentioning that heavily coloured horizontal patterns or large prints tend to create a feeling of less space. It’s advisable to choose your curtains in the same colour or a slightly lighter hue than your walls to give consistency.
4. DESIGN THE SPACE WITH MORE STRIPES
If you’ve just started decorating your tiny house or you’re thinking of widening your current space, strip designs are your new best friend. Just like vertical stripes on clothing, stripy wall design will make your room look longer. Vertical lines create visual movement with the suggestion that there’s more space around the corner or ceiling to floor. Apart from that, adding stripes also creates more fun and exciting look and feel to the entire house.
5. PICK STATEMENT FURNITURE TO FILL THE ROOM
Most of us would agree that if you have a small space, dainty furnishing is your most suitable option. Since space is not a luxury to you, it’s common sense to decorate the space with smaller furniture. But designers oftentimes suggest the opposite – use bigger pieces. In small living rooms, large furniture gives an optical illusion that makes the room look larger. But do take note to avoid the urge to over-furnishing. Placing too many pieces with lead to a space that looks clutter and messy. So when it comes to furniture, remember less is more.
So there you have it – five relatively easy design tricks that you can follow to expand your tiny house into a much larger living space.