Design is not always about the space we have but what we do with that space. Just because a room is small does not mean you are limited in your options. Below are some tips on how to stylise a small room in order to make it look bigger and lighter while still keeping all that essential furniture you need. I am not just talking bedrooms here, I am talking living rooms, bathrooms, hallways, you name it!

Less is more: Clutter is your enemy. Stuff just piles up and crowds the room, so in this case less is more. Organisation is key here. Have a specific spot for everything from clothes in your wardrobe to books on a shelf and pens and pencils in a jar. The more you get used to putting things back in their assigned spot, the faster you will get used to doing it and the cleaner and spacious the room will look.

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Choose your colours carefully: Light colours brighten the room and make it seem as if more light is entering, creating a sense of spaciousness. White, cream, pastels, and soft greys illuminate the space and are perfect for the colours of the walls, floors and curtains. If you do want to use darker colours to introduce some drama into the room, then make sure you do so in a clever way. Use the dark colour in a sparse manner to accentuate certain parts of the room, such as single wall, the ceiling, a rug or the curtains. The play between light and dark can also create contrast and depth also enlarging the room.

 

Stripes: Painting stripes on your wall or using wallpaper can greatly enhance the feeling of space in a room. Horizontal stripes lengthen a room and vertical stripes make the ceiling seem much higher. There is room to play here, you can experiment with colours of stripes and the thickness to see what works best for the space you are trying to decorate and what fits your style best. Also note you don’t have to put stripes on all your walls, one wall can already be enough. Another way to incorporate stripes in a room is to use beadboard walls. Beadboard walls in pale tones give a cosy feel and the lines between the boards make the room look bigger.

 

Draw the focus upwards: The higher the ceiling looks the bigger the room will feel. There are several ways of achieving this illusion. The first way is by decorating your ceiling. Painting your ceiling a dark colour instantly draws the eyes upwards making the room feel larger than it is. Similarly, using a fun patterned wall paper can have the same effect. However, be careful with using patterns, you don’t want to use anything to busy or dramatic as this will have the opposite effect and crowd the room. Using long curtains also greatly impact the sense of height in a room. See the previous blog on the ideal curtain length for more tips and tricks on this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many tones, one color: Using one colour or different tones of the same colour creates a sense of visual coherence making the space feel more open. The smooth flow of colours will not only be appealing to the eye and create a sense of unity in the room but will also make the room look more expansive.

 

 

 

 

 

The right furniture: Every room needs certain essential pieces of furniture that you just can’t do without. Like a bed in a bedroom (duh! I know) and couches in the living room, etc. However, choosing the right design of furniture for the available space is really important. Choosing statement pieces that fill a room actually make the space look tidier and more put together. For example, having one large couch in your living room instead of several small couches actually decreases the sense of clutter making the room look more chic and coherent.