At one point or another, we are forced to cram our lives into tiny spaces. If you feel like your walls are closing in on you, don’t think of moving house. Work with the existing space and give your interiors a much-needed makeover. Use these 10 decorating secrets to make your home all you’ve ever wanted it to be.
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1) Clear the Clutter
Without a doubt, this is the simplest and cheapest way to make your home appear larger. Clutter can make even the largest of homes look tiny. Get rid of items you don’t use or donate them to charity. If you are limited for space, you can’t afford to display your collection of antique vases or multiple family photos. Keep your rooms tidy; don’t put too many objects on counters or cover walls with pictures or artwork. Keep objects you don’t use daily in the basement or garage.
2) Install Versatile Lighting
A bright interior looks bigger than a dark one. However, multiple lighting fixtures can make a small room look cluttered – although they could be helpful in a larger space. Install recessed lighting fixtures to make rooms brighter. They don’t take up valuable space and offer a soft glow that is kind to the eyes. Recessed lights look good in a kitchen, living room, and even a bedroom. If you live in an area that gets a lot of sunshine, install a skylight. Open windows and window treatments to let in natural light during the day.
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3) Optimize Storage and Space with Multipurpose Furniture
These days, creating multipurpose furniture for small spaces has become a hot trend. As populations in big cities grow, people are forced to live in tighter living quarters. But you don’t have to live uncomfortably just because your home isn’t large. With the right furniture pieces, you can create an interior that is airy and inviting. If you live in a small home, consider a coffee table that transforms into a dining table. Also consider using ottomans, futons or beds with hidden storage beneath them.
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4) Focus on Creating Symmetry
Symmetry is ideal for a small space because it maximizes its function and appearance. Think of how each room will be used and formulate a general layout to facilitate that function. Look for ways to create symmetry. For instance, if you have two big armchairs and two small ones, mix them up. If you place the small ones on one side and the large ones on the other side, you create visual imbalance and make the room look lopsided and small.
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5) Maximize Large Furnishings
This is one of the decorating secrets you must fully embrace. Just because you have a small interior doesn’t mean you should use small furnishings. One large furniture piece is better than many small ones. One large sofa, one large piece of artwork, and one large rug can make your home look bigger than many smaller versions. The beauty of large furnishings is that you have less furnishings to clean, which means you have more time to relax in your abode.
6) Make Use of Vertical Storage
Most homeowners overlook the use of vertical storage when looking for usable space. But vertical storage can make an interior feel open and livable. It enables you to decorate a room and store items without creating a large footprint. It also allows you to free up valuable floor space and remove things from eye level, where they draw a lot of attention. However, be careful not to install too many storage pieces on your walls. You’ll end up creating an unbalanced field of vision. Also make sure your vertical storage is light colored so they don’t create too much contrast to break up the eye’s vision.
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7) Use Neutral and Pastel Paint Colors
The lighter your walls are, the bigger your interiors will feel and look. While dark paint colors can make a room look cozy, they can also make it appear much smaller. Light colors reflect and increase light, while dark ones absorb it. You can use a dark color on an accent wall, but try to reserve dark hues for rooms with plenty of natural light. However, this doesn’t mean you settle for boring neutrals and pastels. You can paint your kitchen a buttery color instead of sunshine yellow. Choose light shades for every part of your home – from the floor to the ceiling. You can install light oak flooring, paint the walls cream or peach, and the ceiling white. If you can’t redo your flooring, use a light colored rug to visually enlarge your home.
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8) Create a Focal Point
One great way to capture a room’s essence is by creating a focal point that everything revolves around. A focal point is the center of attention, it draws eyes to itself. Your focal point can be a unique rug, an amazing piece of artwork, a fireplace, or a window with a view. But refrain from creating too many focal points. A room with too many focal points looks messy and small. Create a focal point that’s intriguing and expands the space. It will detract attention from your small space.
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9) Utilize Light Window Treatments
This is one of the best-kept decorating secrets. Nothing makes a room look larger like natural light. If you have big windows, make the most of them. Avoid using heavy drapes and curtains and look to sheers. When you leave your windows open, you allow natural light to freely flow into the room. You connect the indoors with the outdoors and create a sense of depth. Complex window treatments visually divide a room and make it feel enclosed. They also draw a lot of attention. Make use of sheers that match the color of the walls to create continuity.
10) Use Mirrors and Glass Furnishings
Mirrors and glass furniture have the ability to open up a room. They reflect light around in areas with a minimum amount of light, creating a sense of space. You can position a large mirror opposite a window to reflect light and enhance the view. If you don’t like mirrors, use glass furnishings. A glass tabletop reveals the floor giving the impression of space. You can also use Lucite furnishings that seem to consume less space than large, opaque furnishings.
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As urban towns become bigger, homes become smaller. If you happen to live in a small home and are worried about your lack of space, stop worrying. There are many ways you can make it look bigger. Simply implement these 10 decorating secrets for a home you love to come home to.