Let’s face it. We don’t all have the money to knock down a wall simply to make a room bigger. Why not do the next best
thing? Redesign your small space to make it appear larger. By using certain design techniques you can add depth and
functionality to your space while giving it the much-needed attention it deserves.
Combine the following basic elements to your small space to turn your room into a more relaxing place for you and your
family to enjoy:
Color – Make sure the paint you choose is a high glossy paint so that it reflects light and makes the room appear larger.
Choosing the right color can open up a room and give it a new tone. Use lighter colors. Opt for light shades of blues,
greens, or yellows in lieu of plain white. Be wary of darker colors, which can make the space feel smaller. If you prefer a
deeper color, try painting one wall a dark color. The accent wall can – when surrounded by lighter colors – add depth to
Lighting – If you have a window in the room you’re redesigning, use it to your advantage. The use of natural night can
really make an impact on the feel of the space. Use track lighting or a bright lighting fixture placed in a central area to
brighten up your space if there is no window. A small lamp could also assist in making the space look larger.
Furniture – When looking for furniture to place in your small space try round pieces, such as a table or a comfortable
chair. The smaller the piece the better. Smaller furniture can use less space to open up the room. And always remember to
choose furniture that reflects your personal style.
Flooring – A key component to making a small space look bigger is flooring. Wood flooring with a neutral color rug is
ideal. Or, if you have a small budget, try pulling up your carpet to see if the flooring underneath is worth salvaging. If
not, leave the carpet and try placing a light-colored rug with an attractive pattern in the center of the room.
Mirrors – Give your small space a mirror. This inexpensive technique can be just what your room needs. In addition to
adding depth to the space, mirrors also add light to a room from their reflection. Be creative when choosing your mirror.
Don’t be afraid to buy a mirror that has an odd shape or style. Also remember not to purchase something too large; it can
make the mirror the focal point of the space.
Decorating – The best advice when decorating your small space? Keep it simple. Don’t overwhelm the space with too many odds
and ends. Place no more than two pictures on each wall. By adding less decoration to your room, the space will feel more
open and inviting to you and your guests.
Sometimes small spaces can be difficult to design or redesign. Working with the right tools and your sense of style can
help in your mission to create a roomier feel to your space. Designing a small space should be fun and easy. Make it a
weekend project and by Sunday evening you could be relaxing and enjoying your brand-new space.
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