Interior design can be quite a challenge when you only have a small space to work with. Homeowners with limited living space are often on the hunt for tips and tricks to make their homes look bigger. Thankfully, there are lots of different ways to achieve the illusion of a brighter, more open living space.
Keep colours simple and neutral
Small spaces can quickly look dark and cramped if you choose a dark colour palette. To make the space look light and airy is to stick to a neutral colour palette of beige, white and blush pinks. These colours will help to reflect light around the room and will act as a simple backdrop for other features in the room.
It’s no surprise that these contemporary colours have become a hugely popular indoors and outdoors as more people strive for bright open spaces. Darker colours and loud patterns can make a space feel small and cluttered; therefore, they should be used sparingly if you want to achieve the illusion of extra space.
Install big mirrors
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book! Mirrors have been used by interior designers for years to create the illusion of more space inside the home. The reflection in the mirrors will trick your brain into believing the space is much larger than it actually is!
For really small spaces, why not consider a floor to ceiling mirror? Alternatively, mirrors hung low and close to other pieces of furniture will make the room look more spacious and coherent.
Of all the tricks we’ve looked at so far, this one has to be my favourite. This design trick involves laying the same patio tiles throughout your home and garden to blur the lines between inside and outside and create the feeling of a continuous, open space.
I’ve seen some beautiful indoor and outdoor porcelain tiles that can be used to create this kind of seamless transition. Porcelain is a really great material for both spaces because it’s durable, low-maintenance and available in lots of different shades and finishes. This gives you the freedom to expand your outdoor living space in a way that’s both practical and stylish.
Use lightweight fabrics
My final tip for making your living space appear bigger is to choose lightweight, floaty materials. Much like dark colours, heavy materials can make a room look quite busy and will take away from the ‘light’ and ‘open’ space you’re trying to create. I’d recommend sticking to lightweight fabrics, mesh and cloth blinds in soft colours.
Similarly, adding a rug can cover floor space and make the overall area of a room appear smaller. If you do want to add a rug to keep the chill off your feet, I’d recommend sticking to something simple like a woven material.
I hope that these tips will help you make the living space in your home look bigger. Remember, even the smallest rooms and gardens have the potential to appear spacious with the help of a few tips and tricks.