Are you struggling with a small space? Do you desire to make that space at least seem bigger? Here are a few tricks of the trade.
Open up with lighter-toned floors. Generally, lighter-colored flooring is going to open up a tight space by reflecting light onto the walls. Wider planks and large-format tiles add unique visual interest. In addition, laying planks on a diagonal or in a herringbone or chevron pattern and installing tiles on a 45-degree angle will create the illusion of a larger room. If you really want dark flooring, pair it with a cooler tone on the walls. Large rugs or large-patterned carpet will also add a sense of grandeur to a room.
Lighting and Mirrors
Make the most of natural light sources, hanging fixtures, and mirrors. Letting in natural light through windows is automatically going to create an open, airy vibe in your space. Eye-catching ceiling fixtures take up no floor space and draw the eye upward, creating visual interest. Mirrors are not only great for reflecting light, but they automatically create the illusion of more space. Vertical floor lamps and wall sconces are another way to flood your space with light without taking up a lot of room.
Furniture and Storage
Realize that multi-function furniture is your friend. Keep things simple and reduce clutter by choosing ottomans that double as storage bins for things like blankets and books. Mount your TV on the wall to keep your floor space free. Consider a folding desk or table that’s there when you need it and can easily fold away when you don’t. It can also double as a table for eating. Set large furniture pieces around the perimeter of the room, and think about hanging tables instead of traditional end tables. Go up the wall with floating shelves and statement wall décor to again drive the eye upward.
Combining all of these elements with a little creativity can help you achieve your goals for your unique room. With the right flooring, lighting, mirrors, furniture, and storage options, you can live large in any space.