If you live in a small home or apartment, you are probably well aware of how valuable space is. Whether you have a small house in general or simply one room that is small, the good news you can decorate the space to not only give it a comfortable feel, but to make it look larger than it actually is. Here are a few tips for decorating an apartment or small space that will make the area feel more substantial.
Adding mirrors to walls is a great way to make a small living space feel much larger. Mirrors can be used on the walls as well as almost any area of a room, such as behind shelving units. Mirrors help to reflect light, which will make the space look and feel larger. If you need a storage cabinet, consider one with mirrored or glass fronts to make the space feel large as well as uncluttered.
One of the most common mistakes many people with small spaces make is decorating a small space with small pieces of furniture. Although you should be mindful of your furniture selections, it is best to use standard size furniture, but that is covered in light colored and airy fabrics. If you like the look of wood, such as for the dining room table or end tables, opt for light-colored woods as opposed to dark woods which make the space feel small and cramped. It’s also a good idea to purchase furniture that can do double duty. For example, coffee tables and ottomans that are also used as storage units.
To make the space feel bright and open, add lighting at different levels around the room, such as ceiling lights, floor lamps and table lamps. Light, bright colored walls will be reflective, which will also help to maximize the natural light effect. When painting, choose cooler colors for the walls and make sure the ceiling is a lighter color than the walls. With window treatments, it’s best to use only top treatments or sheers, to avoid “closing” in the room.
Maximizing Vertical Space
Take advantage of all the vertical space! Use bookshelves, wall shelving and tall furniture pieces to draw the eye up, which will make the space feel more open. Choose furniture pieces that slightly are taller than others to add dimension and aesthetic appeal to the space. For example, instead of a heavy, fabric covered chair, consider a rocker with a high open back.
One of the most important things to consider when decorating a small living space is to avoid clutter. Less is definitely more when it comes to decorating an apartment or small space, so keep accessories to a minimum. Dispose of mail, newspapers and magazines when you are done with them and keep the floor space as open as possible to avoid a closed in feeling.
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