How to…. Make a small room look bigger. We show you 5 easy ways.
We all dream of having huge rooms with enough space to have a small party in, but the reality is that those are generally reserved for the movies (sigh… along with those magnificent walk-in cupboards!). And even if you are blessed with a huge bedroom, chances are your tiny lounge or dining room makes up for it. Never fear… these failsafe design tricks for your home and décor will fool the eye and instantly open up just about any smaller space…
1. Light it up
Lighting is super important when it comes to making a space appear more open. Try allow as much natural light into a space as possible; for example, if your kitchen has small windows, don’t put curtains on them, and when it comes to a bedroom, make sure you can pull the curtains completely away from the window.
If natural light is minimal, cheat with lamps, candles, lights that can be a showpiece (like this light bulb arrow, R299,99, Mr Price Home) and loads of reflective surfaces (think mosaic vases and shiny candlesticks).
While we’re all for colour, when it comes to smaller spaces, keeping your colour combinations to a minimum and using lighter hues is the way to go. Whites, creams and light blues make a winning colour combination when it comes to tricking the eye — lighter colours are generally more reflective and will make the space appear bigger and brighter.
3. Mirror, mirror…
A strategically placed mirror is arguably the quickest and easiest design trick in the book. Angle a large mirror towards a window, entrance, light source or focal design point to create the illusion of depth and to allow more light to be reflected within the space. (Distressed mirror, R1200, Mr Price Home.)
4. Stay focused
Be careful not to clutter the room with loads of décor items, but rather choose one focus area. If your walls are covered in pictures and every surface has an object on it, the space is bound to feel smaller. Instead, draw the eye to one area — whether it’s a showstopping piece of furniture, a fabulous painting or a stunning vase, keep that the star of the show and blend the rest in.
When you’ve got a small space, the last thing you want is to get lost in a room of furniture. Get clever and find pieces that double up as storage space, or that have more than one purpose. Try using a chest as your coffee table, old-school suitcases as side tables, or even this nifty Otto coffee table (R5499, @home). Beds that have drawers as the base and dining room tables that expand when needed are also wins.
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