Even the largest houses in England are smaller than their equivalents in America and Australia, and with prices rising (particularly in London), many of us are investing in smaller spaces. Follow these tips to help make your small living space feel like a mansion.
It’s the oldest trick in the book but there is good reason for that. Large or decorative mirrors in a small space give the illusion of size and plenty of room.
Use Vertical Space
If you have a small living room, a floor to ceiling bookcase will save on space and take up oft-unused vertical room. There are other ways to use your vertical space, such as fitting high curtains or investing in a raised bed with a desk or play space underneath for a child’s or spare bedroom. Another classic trick is to mix low furniture such as low-set sofas and chairs with taller items such as bookshelves and storage. This means the middle ground is much larger than it usually would be.
Glossy paint and stainless steel details, glass doors
Much like the mirror trick, making your surfaces reflective and glossy is a great way to add a sense of space in a room. This works really well in a kitchen. Stainless steel kitchen equipment and cupboards painted in rich glossy colours will add
Create ‘zones’ in open plan apartments/studio spaces
If you live in a studio space or an open plan living space, apply a different decorating scheme to each ‘zone’ in your space. Not only will this give you a much more relaxing and pleasant living experience in your cosy space, but it will look much roomier!
Pale walls mixed with bold accent notes
Lighter colour schemes give a space a sense of airiness and lightness, even if it’s tiny! If you’re not the magnolia or pale yellow type, using an accent wall is a great alternative. Paint the room with the lighter version of your preferred colour and then dedicate one wall with the colour you love.
Big statement furniture can make a room bigger
It may take up a lot of your space, but a large sofa, bed or kitchen island can actually help a room feel larger and grander than it actually is.
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A well lit room is a spacious looking room, and having at least three points of light in a room will add space immediately. A large central light mixed with a high lamp and a lower desk lamp is a perfect combination to make a room look huge.