Make Any Room Feel Bigger With These 15 Tips
Tiny bedroom got you down? Squished living room cramping your style – literally? It’s time to stop bellyaching about how small your space is. You don’t need to move and you don’t need to bust down drywall to get a bigger space, you can create the appearance of a larger room with the space you already have! These 15 brilliant tricks will help you take your home from small to spacious in no time at all.
If you have more than one kid to a one room, things can get cramped fast. An easy fix? Bunk beds, of course! Multiple beds, stylishly stacked on top of each other? It’s a no-brainer for saving space.
Small spaces will benefit hugely from modular furniture, couches that can collapse and expand when you need them to. When you need it, this handy furniture folds out on a whim, and then packs away when you’re visiting family member hits the road.
An easy way to open up a cramped space? Using mirrors as wall decor! Hanging multiple mirrors or one large mirror gives the illusion of width and also acts as chic decor to make your space more elegant.
Low ceiling? No problem! Give the appearance of higher ceilings by installing ceiling shelves, or shelves right at the top of your walls. This will draw the eye upward and make the room seem larger.
Under Bed Storage
Instead of setting up bulky clothing racks or shoe stands, make use of under-bed storage. Utilizing shelves or palettes is a great way to store things underneath your bed while saving space and reducing clutter.
It may not sound appealing, but this closet bed setup is great for a tiny room! Especially if you’re living in a studio. This allows you to break up an open space and have your own, cozy little space.
White is the best color to open up a space, so going all white in a room is the best way to really create the appearance of depth and brightness. This is a great trick for a tiny bathroom, especially.
Fold Out Bed
Also known as a Murphy bed, fold out beds are a clever way to save space and have an extra bed available. Usually posing as a closet, an office, or a even a wall, this sneaky bed will fold out when needed and tuck away just as easily.
Give Furniture Space
A tricky way to give the appearance of space is by giving your furniture some space…away from the wall, that is. Pushing furniture right up against the wall might seem like the thing to do to make space, but it actually makes space look emptier and therefore smaller. Either separating the furniture with a desk or just by pulling it away from the wall will instantly makes the space feel more full and complete.
Office Under Bed
Trying to squeeze a bed AND an office in a cramped space is only going to do one thing: make your space look more cramped. A bunk bed frees up some floor space underneath, which you can then use for that office space you’ve been searching for.
Just like clothes make you seem taller or thinner, stripes elongate a space. Painting stripes on the wall or putting down a striped rug will help to make a space seem longer, taller, or whatever you want it to be.
Lacking a second floor? No need to move, you can create an impromptu “second floor” yourself. Add a large, sturdy shelf in your apartment and create your very own loft space.
To give a room some height and depth, get creative with your ceiling! A fun wallpaper or funky color will draw the eye upward and trick the mind into thinking the room is larger than it actually is. Plus, it looks super chic.
The Cantaloupe RuleA good rule to live by for decor is “The Cantaloupe Rule.” That rule states that no piece of decor should be smaller than a cantaloupe, because a lot of small decor will clutter a space rather than flatter it. You’re better off going for a couple pieces of larger decor to decorate and enlarge a space.
Double Trundle Bed
Like the Murphy bed, the trundle bed saves space and allows you to have extra beds available, too. This trundle bed has two hidden beds underneath, so it’s doubly handy and saves double the space.
Do you use a trick to make your small space seem larger? Share your decor hacks in the comments section below.