Do you have a small room or a tiny dining area? Are you downsizing to an apartment and aren't sure how you'll manage to make the smaller space both practical and visually appealing? Don't panic! There are a lot of great strategies you can use to maximize space and create a smart design that is both comfortable and inviting.
Better Homes and Gardens knows all about the unique assets and challenges that come with small rooms, which is why they've crafted 26 Small Space Dos and Don'ts. Let's go over the key takeaways from the article so you don't have to click through each item, but can walk away from this post with some practical insights.
Don't Be Afraid for your Furniture to Get Cozy
What that means is don't be afraid to group your furniture in the center of the room, or place your bed in front of a window in order to get your bedside tables on either side. In a small space, making it feel cozy is a good thing. The last thing you want to do is push all your furniture up against the walls – this actually makes the space appear smaller.
"Pulling furniture away from the walls – even a few inches for a floor lamp or sofa table – creates an illusion of greater depth and – you guessed it – more space."
Use Solid Colors
Expanses of solid color either on the walls or in linens on the bed or window give the room a feeling of spaciousness. Busy patterns can make a small room feel cluttered and chaotic. Think simple; create zen. Calming colors will soothe a cramped room into a peaceful nook you'll actually look forward to relaxing in.
Undress the Windows
The smaller the space, the simpler you should design. That goes for windows too. "Bare windows create a clean look that shows off the architecture and opens up the space." Nonetheless, it's a good idea to have blinds you can draw at nighttime. Just steer clear of overly adventurous window dressings, and you'll notice a greater freedom of space.
Dark Colors Can be offset with Light Trim
Typically, darker colors can make the walls feel closer, but if you're drawn to an earthy brown or dark blue, you can offset the effect by using a lighter trim color, such as off-white or sage. Generally speaking though, subdued colors do compliment small spaces best.
"When physical distance between spaces is minimal, subtle and gradual color changes usually work best to maintain openness. If you do opt for multiple wall colors, keep moldings and trim the same color."
Create an Entryway
If you live in an apartment and your living room is the first thing people see when they open the door, a good strategy for creating the illusion of space and gaining some extra storage space, is to create an entryway (or the feeling of one). Adding artwork, a mirror, a cabinet or console table can provide a transition from the front door to the center of the room.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
But really. Mirrors are your best friend creating the feeling of spaciousness in tiny rooms. They also catch the light and help to spread it around the room, which is always a nice plus!
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