Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 by Danny Peterson
There are certain fundamentals that every homeowner must remember when working with a small space. One being that a tiny room doesn’t have to hold tiny furniture. Sometimes with a small space you think you must avoid large furniture thinking it will dominate the room. Not true. A large sectional can often fill the space better than a small sofa and chair combination. Also try combining like objects and purging. Don’t purchase organizing supplies until you know precisely what needs to be stored.
Consider using mirrors and glass to create reflections and bounce light around. This will create the illusion that the space is larger than it really is because it maximizes light. This can be done with a glass coffee table, tucking mirrors into corners, and hanging art in glass frames, all of which create reflections.
Another tip is to ensure window coverings don’t cut off light when they are open. Hang curtains in such a way that when open, the entire plane is clear. Never hang curtains inside of the window frame or from the ceiling, rather from the top of the window. Doing this will add height to the area, making it look spacious.
With this last thought in mind, always think vertically. Whether you are hanging art or shelves, don’t let vertical space go to waste. Anything that draws the eyes upward will make a small space feel more expansive.
Finally, use bright or dark colors more sparingly – as accents – if you are attempting to create a feeling of spaciousness in a small area. Wall treatments, large pieces of furniture, and even window treatments in a small area will create the illusion of space if the color contrast between them is limited. To provide contrast, use texture in limited color ranges, then add colorful pillows, lamp shades and paintings to add color and interest to the room. Also, limit your collections in small areas, and group them to display, rather than spreading pieces out on every shelf or horizontal perch. In small rooms, where you wish to create the illusion of space, less is usually more.
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