Even if you have ample square footage when you move into a house or apartment, sooner or later you can feel a little cramped. There are several different tricks that can make a smaller space seem much more ample and not feel quite as cramped.
Here are a few ways to make the most out of smaller square footage.
1. Limit yourself to just a few larger pieces of furniture and go for smaller versions to make a space appear bigger. If you have a large piece of furniture that nearly fills up a space, you may want to think about downsizing just a little without needing to give up much by way of comfort.
2. Get organized. Clutter can not only fill up a space, it can make you feel overwhelmed and increase stress.
3. Express yourself with paint! Colors can open up a room or pull it in tighter to make it feel more cozy. Lighter colors, such as white or cream can make a space feel much larger than it is while darker color can make a room feel tighter and cozier. You can even use paint by employing a technique called Trompe L’oeil, which in French means “fools the eye”. Trompe L’oeil is often used in terms of murals that can look like vast expanses of landscape, or even be made to look like a larger room.
4. Use light to make a room seem larger – The old adage that natural light is best is never more true when it comes to making a small room appear larger. By opening up curtains or even doorways and letting the natural light flow in, you can change the entire feel of a space in creating a perceived sense of airiness. If the view outside your window is of something less than pleasant, you can mask it with plants or with gorgeous opaque or latticed screens that will let light through beautifully.
Fluorescent lights keystone ballast for the home are now also available in both warm and cool tones that can set the mood and create a sense of space by focusing on more than one area at a time, depending upon their placement.
5. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Mirrors are a great way to make a home space feel so much larger than it is. An entire wall of mirrors reflecting back into a room can make a room feel almost twice its size. Even a large mirror, hung to look like a window pane can add visual interest and give the illusion of a much larger space.
6.Make use of light colored surfaces – A light counter top in a bathroom or kitchen will make the room feel larger than one that has darker colored counter spaces. When entertaining, clear the clutter and put it away leaving just an open space that gives a sense of relaxed elbow room.
7. Make use of wall units and built in shelves – Having a wall of shelves such as you would find in a home library or entertainment center can serve the purpose of helping you stay organized and also making the most by utilizing the space most effectively. Group objects and collections together in areas of interest and consider putting your television or entertainment equipment in such a unit to further create a sense of openness. If you are handy, you can make the shelves yourself and also add battery operated LED lights to highlight some of the items on your shelves. The effect can be both dramatic and luxurious.
8. Color coordinate your furniture and rugs with your walls. Choosing the same color for fabrics on furniture that are close to or match your walls can also make a room appear larger to the eye. The blending of color will make the eye perceive a wider range of space.
9. Choose glass or lucite furniture – Furniture such as glass or lucite tops are invisible and can make a room seem much more spacious than it is. Place on the expanse of these invisible spaces objects that are both interesting and accentuate the idea of a large surface.
10. Make use of large works of art and floor to ceiling drapes. – A large, dramatic art canvas can make a room appear larger because the eye is drawn upward. Another effect that is both inexpensive and dramatic is using floor to ceiling draperies in light colors that give the idea that your ceilings are higher and the space around you is much wider.