The tiny house movement is in full swing and we are here for it! However, there are still plenty of people that wish their homes were bigger. If this sounds familiar, don’t sweat it.
Living in a smaller space, doesn’t mean you need to feel crowded or cramped. What you lack in square footage, can easily be made up for with a little creativity. There are several things you can do to make your living room look and feel larger, here are a six of them!
Light walls are more reflective, which in combination with natural light will make your space feel open and airy. Dark colours, on the other hand, can absorb light and make your room feel even smaller than it is. Although we love a good statement wall, if you are for a large, open feel in your living room, keep it light.
2. Straight Lines
Ornate and whimsical furniture can sometimes make even large rooms feel smaller. Sorry, maximalists! (Link to: https://dufresne.ca/blogs/news/maximalism )
Furniture that features straight, clean lines and simple silhouettes fit into a smaller space easier than those with curves. If you are struggling with space, straight-lined furniture is the way to go.
If your style leans towards curved or sculptural furniture you do not have to give it up completely. Try using one piece as an accent or create a focal point using a decorative accent!
4. Add a Mirror Use a focal point — often the seating area in your living room — and point a large mirror towards it. Mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light to brighten up your space, bounce light around the room, and gives the illusion of depth and space.
Where you can hang your mirror— or lean it— will depend on your space. If you can, placing a large mirror across from a window will reflect natural light around your room and make it appear much larger than it is.
5. Fake a High Ceiling When it comes to making a small space feel larger, fake it till you make it!
Paint your ceiling white, or very light, to give the illusion of a taller space— and do not stop there. Consider painting the top foot or two of your walls the same colour (use your eyes for best judgement). This hack will trick the eyes into thinking the ceiling is higher than it really is. Ta da!
6. Choose the Right Size Rug
The last thing we want to do is make the room feel even smaller than it is, so it is crucial to pick the right size rug for your space. Generally, aim to find a rug that leaves 10”-20” of space between the edges of your rug and the walls.
Not having the proper size rug is one of the easiest and most common design mistakes we can make. It is extremely important to have a rug that is big enough, especially in a small space.