02 Apr Decorating tips
TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR SMALL LIVING SPACE FEEL BIGGER
1. Place a mirror on the wall.
Hanging a mirror can make a huge difference to a room, especially if the room itself is lit well. It gives the illusion of more light, and depth. And if your mirror is sparkling, all the better!
Try using a mirror opposite a window to reflect the outdoors.
~ I personally prefer mirrored mirrors, chrome frames or white. They always enhance the space, without taking away from its appeal.
2. Use light colors on the walls and the floor.
Light colours on the floors and walls of your living space also helps reflect the light back into the room. Off whites if possible, or at the very least pastels. If you prefer wallpaper, choose a fairly plain design. Anything too busy will work the same way as a dark colour would and instantly shrink your room by half.
I personally always use a wide range of whites, off whites and taupes on the wall. I love having the walls bright and light.
3. Make use of hidden storage and multi- purpose items.
Clutter is a small room’s worst enemy – you need to aim for a minimalist look to make the place feel airy. Try some multi- purpose or easily-hidden storage, like a coffee table that doubles as a bookshelf, or boxes that will slide under your furniture, an ottoman that doubles as a storage chest.
~ personally, I like trunks. Vintage trunks. The ones similar to those old school tuck boxes everyone had in boarding house. Yeah, that one. I use them as center tables or tv stands.
4. Choose statement furniture that fills the room.
In small living rooms, one large couch instead of multiple small pieces actually decreases the look of clutter and makes a room feel bigger.
Opt for furniture that is raised on legs. Being able to see the space underneath your furniture will trick the eye into
thinking the room is bigger than it actually is. Plus, in a pinch you can use the space for storage, saving space elsewhere.
5.Lighten up the room.
Let as much natural light as possible into your room – get a curtain rail that is wider than your window so that you can pull the curtains right back, and don’t bother with net curtains. Keep your windows sparkling clean, too – you’ll be surprised at the difference it makes!
~ I’m a fan of Roman or roller blinds, as they can add to the room’s features, depending on the fabric print.
6. Buy glass or lucite items
Glass and lucite pieces are totally in style right now, and can provide an added function of not taking up too much visual space.
~my side tables are lucite and they are pleasing to the eyes and don’t look Bulky.
7. Leave the shelf half empty.
Don’t fill up every exposed shelf in a room. Leaving some empty space will give your small space an airy look…
~ Don’t be a clutterbug. Get rid of all the une