Oct 10

Design Hacks for Small Spaces

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Small space tipsInterior design is all about manipulating the elements of a room to create the effect that you want, and customize the home so that it’s comfortable, beautiful, and functional.

So, if your house looks dingy, you can make it look stylish and new. If it seems stuffy, you can transform it into a light and airy retreat simply by utilizing certain design principles. One of the most common problems that are addressed with interior design is spaciousness. Even with a small room, you can create a feeling of space and freedom. Here are 5 tips that will make cramped quarters into spacious spaces.

Draw the Eye Upward

Anything that you do to draw attention upwards will make your room feel higher and more open. There are a million ways to do this. For example, colors and patterns on the ceiling that are noticeable but not oppressive will surprise and delight, and create upward motion. Hanging plants, or greenery in high sconces will also bring the attention up high. High bookshelves and hiked-up curtains can all contribute to an elevated effect. Don’t be afraid to go clear up to the ceiling.

Pull Away from Walls and Floors

Instead of bulking up your corners, allow bare spaces behind couches, under tables, and on shelves. Although it might seem counterintuitive to leave these spaces unutilized, it actually prompts strong signals to the brain that there’s space to spare. So, pull your couches away from the wall a bit. And opt for modern designs that have bare, exposed legs on your seating and tables.

Windows and Mirrors

Windows are your best friends in a small space. Now, adding and widening windows are huge undertakings. Luckily, you really don’t need to make construction changes in order to maximize windows. Instead, use light-colored, or sheer curtains with light, airy materials in order to make the most of the natural light. You can also double your natural light, and double the amount of space that it looks like you have with a strategically placed mirror or two. Mirrors across from entrances can be powerful, and so can mirrors facing your window. Throughout the room, incorporate metallic, glass, and reflective surfaces in order to give more open space.

Don’t Overdecorate

It makes logical sense to use smaller pieces in a smaller place, but the truth is, that’s a technique that will work against you. The effect is especially problematic if you bring in a lot of items. Instead, choose a few large pieces and then keep it simple. That means limiting the furniture, using large pictures and wall features, and large prints–but keep the focus on a just one or two main features!

Keep the Color Scheme Simple

It might be hard to limit yourself to just one color, but give it a try. Small spaces just don’t have room for too many interacting colors and patterns. Instead, go monochrome, and use different shades of the same hue in order to create a feeling of unity and cohesion. Dark colors sometimes work well as accents because they give the impression of being farther away, but most people decide to choose light and airy colors.