Achieving the illusion of a palatial space in your modest one bed apartment or even just trying to make the most of a pokey corner of your home is no mean feat. This is a design conundrum that stumps many but fear not, we’ve put together some of our best tips for creating the illusion of an ample abode especially for you. For renters in particular, major structural overhaul is out of the question, but with clever decorating and some strategic placement you can create big space on a small budget.
Dark colours may make you feel all warm and cosy, however they absorb light and make your petite palace appear even more cramped. It may be old news for many but the incorporation of light colours is the way forward in expanding any room as they reflect light.
When it comes to your walls, it is well documented that pale hues are the key to accomplishing that faux extension. To play even more on the natural light already available, we suggest playing up soft furnishings in natural, pale tones to further up the ante. Think soft natural beige, off whites, pale pinks in rugs, cushions and throws. You can add splashes of colour with artwork and accessories once you’ve got that light reflecting base good to go.
When it comes to small living spaces, most designers live by the rule that decorative accents should never be smaller than a football. Several smaller accents cause a room to appear crowded which is why we prefer to go for one or two larger statement accents to add a stylish flair without overwhelming the area.
Go Even Larger
Despite the generally accepted assumption that small spaces equal small furniture, we say go large! Instead of filling the room with several smaller pieces of furniture, choose a larger statement piece. Again, this abolishes that cluttered look which many homeowners fall victim to.
Furniture with exposed legs packs a powerful punch in keeping your home as roomy as possible.
Mirrors are the very best friend of the small homeowner. A well placed mirror (or two) can have a transformational effect in your home, creating light and space beyond your wildest dreams! Positioning a mirror directly across from a window doubles the natural light and creates the illusion of another window, hurray!
Main takeaways from this post? Let there be natural light!
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The M&B Team