Decorating Solutions for Small Spaces

It seems like more and more people are living in smaller places nowadays. When I look around my own city, I can see so many new apartment and condo buildings being constructed. When you’re living in a smaller area, you want to try to get the most out of the space that you do have. From personal experience, I know it’s very uncomfortable to live in a home that feels tiny and cramped. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best decorating tips to make a small space feel and look bigger.

The most important thing to remember when you’re decorating a small space is to try to draw the eyes upwards and outwards. You want to create the illusion that the room is expanding into something bigger.

That leads us to Tip #1.

Hang your drapes as high as you can. This will make your ceilings look higher and your window bigger. Hanging curtains from the ceiling level will draw your eyes to look upwards, allowing the ceiling to look higher than it actually is. In addition, when your curtains are open, the window will actually let in more natural sunlight than it would if you had hung the drapes right around the edges of the window frame. Light allows a room to look brighter and therefore, bigger.

Hang portraits and posters higher so that your eyes will be drawn upwards along the walls. Again, we want to trick the eyes into seeing a bigger room. You don’t want to hang TOO many portraits though, because then you risk having the room feel closed-in and crowded.

Notice how these drapes were hung higher above the window frame, creating the illusion of a bigger windowKeep your apartment as clean and uncluttered as you can. What’s the fastest way to make a small area look even more crowded? Leave a mess everywhere. We all have a lot of things, but there are cost-saving solutions to clutter. For example, you can nail hooks on the wall to hang up your hats, scarves or keys instead of throwing them on the couch or tables. If you try to keep things as organized as possible, your place will feel a lot cleaner and roomier.

Maximize your storage space.  Living in an apartment will give you endless opportunities to get creative with storage space. Installing floor-to-ceiling shelves and ledges is a great way to give you more storage space without being bulky. A lot of people install floating shelves in their living room so that they can put some items on display. I always suggest storing things upwards, not outwards.

The photograph below is an excellent example of an apartment that has really maximized its storage potential. The owners have installed wall shelves beside the window and the doorway, and also put a bookshelf on the left side of the window to store their things. Now the apartment looks neat. Also take note of how high they’ve hung their drapes. Doesn’t it make the room look brighter and bigger?Some other storage options are:

Storing things in baskets under the bed. I personally like this idea because then you can’t see the things you store. The less clutter you see, the better!

I’ve seen people hang wire baskets on their bathroom walls to store towels and other toiletries. It’s a good idea if you have a small bathroom and are running out of space

Buy furniture that can multitask as a storage container. For example, there are coffee tables that have multiple drawers in them. These are great for maximizing space in your living room. A cramped living room is one that has too much clutter and furniture in it.

What better way to get rid of the clutter than to hide things inside your coffee table? I’ve also seen beds and sofas with drawers in them!Buy tables with glass, acrylic or lucite tops. These 3 materials are all transparent and can reflect light very well. Since your eyes travel through their clear surfaces,  you end up seeing a less cramped room. I’ve seen a lot of people have glass dining tables or coffee tables with a glass top.

Mirrors are your best friend. If your apartment gets a lot of natural sunlight, consider yourself lucky. Natural sunlight really opens up the interior, and the best way to maximize the amount of natural sunlight you’re getting is to put a big mirror opposite the window. Since mirrors reflect light around a room, you can expect to see a brighter room and feel more of an open flow.

Design your room with lighter hues to open up the space. Dark colours have the tendency to make a space look more enclosed, and that’s why we want to avoid them at all costs. I would recommend going for a simple, neutral palette for instance visit the link for more gentle colors. That means lighter walls and lighter furniture.  Notice in the photograph below, this apartment’s living room looks particularly spacious, as it has a nice neutral-colored palette. They’ve also hung their drapes close to the ceiling AND installed floating shelves behind the couch for extra storage space

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