We talk a lot about décor around here because we design our products to add modern flair to your home, and we like to showcase them in a way that brings life to our ideas. One of the ways our products help consumers like you is by taking up less space in your home. But there are lots of ways to make a room feel larger, and here are just a few:
1) Go Big with Your Furniture
This seems a little counterintuitive, and we’re not talking about going overboard with so much giant furniture that you can’t walk around the room. But a couple of larger pieces, like a tall armoire and a bulky headboard is better than several small pieces scattered around. Your eyes will naturally be drawn toward the heavier objects and will add texture to the space.
2) Choose Your Color Scheme Carefully
While whites and other lighter colors will naturally make your room look bigger, you can use darker hues if that’s what you prefer. The trick is to stick to complementary tones rather than contrasting ones and use no more than 3 different colors. For example, if you opt for a red couch, choose muted tones of gray or wheat to accent the scheme.
3) Use at Least One “Grounding” Object
A grounding object is a darker piece of décor that makes the room appear more substantial when using the lighter colors suggested for small spaces. This works the same as the larger furniture to draw your eye to a more substantial piece. So, in the instance of the dark wood armoire, that could act as your grounding piece. You could also use a black lamp or a dark colored chair.
4) Don’t Skimp on Light
Skipping the curtains or using sheers will allow natural light to flood the room, making it appear much larger. For fixtures, you will have to plan carefully. Other than one or two matching fixtures (such as a black floor lamp and matching desk lamp), your lighting pieces need to be subtle enough to showcase the space and not the fixture. Simple and clear overhead lighting is good for general illumination, but for accent lights, you will need to be creative. For example, you might use a couple of well-placed recessed lights and always use SnapPower Guidelights for all your outlet covers. This creates some simple ambient lighting when the lights are off without taking up a fraction more of wall space.
5) Add Some Art
It’s tempting in a small space to skip the walls, but a couple of nice, substantial pieces of art will make the room feel more put-together. Also, don’t think that because the space is small, the artwork should be small. While you don’t want to overpower the room with too much large art. One or two complementary pieces that are medium to large in size will add balance and texture.
In small spaces, lighting and décor can become either overbearing or insubstantial. It’s important to find a good balance when you’re trying to make a space appear larger. The most important thing, though, is to create a place you enjoy coming home to…whatever that means for you!