6 Tips to Make Your Small Living Space Looks Bigger
By Michael Sta. Ana
Condominiums and other studio type rooms/ apartments are now becoming part of what we call 'modern day living'. It's demand is obviously greater than how it was used to be during the 90's.
Since condo units are now becoming more affordable, the living space in these units is a little bit compromised though. A forty to fifty square meter would be awesome but most of the time, the house buyers could only afford units that are smaller--typically from 20 to 24 square-meter studio type rooms.
Desperately, people living in this smaller dwelling places often ask and seek help on how they can make their units looks a little bit bigger than the usual. Well, as a matter of fact, there are a lot of ways to handle this. In this article, we'll talk about not just how to make your small room or house looks wider but also we'll tackle how to keep your things look neat and more organized.
So listen up, here are some ways to make things done:
1. Go for lighter shades instead of the darker ones.
Homeowners sometimes make it difficult for them to decide what would really make a perfect interior wall color scheme should look like. But what is the most fascinating about painting your interior wall, this could easily change the aura and even plays an optical illussion on how to make a small space looks even bigger to the eyes.
Warm colors instead of pure white would be most appealing. Colors under the shades of red, yellow, brown and orange is pretty much comfortable to the eyes while it quietly illuminates every corners of the room, making it look wider and more stunning.
2. Opt for smaller yet more functional furniture
Putting in a huge, thick couch in your studio type apartment could be a big no-no since it eats up a lot of spaces (and I think you already know that). Practically, shop for furnitures with double purpose!
Nowadays, there are some type of couches such as sofa beds (as most people call it) that could serve as a cute, little couch during the day and could also be converted into a softy, single bed during bedtime.
You may also try to utilize even the smallest spaces in your room. Have you ever thought that you can even extend your closet under your bed? If your bed is elevated and have some space underneath, use that space and put in some boxes there where you can put some of your clothes and other stuff too.
3. Don't block your windows with thick curtains
Have that sprinkle of sunlight come in to your room every morning or every sunset. This radiant yet soft touches of light could usually illuminate your room and can stir a it-looks-bigger effect.
Don't use dark and thick curtains; instead, use some light, free-flowing, thin-as-silk curtains.
4. Play with mirrors, frames and plants
Having just a small living space does not mean that you can no longer put anything to make it cool.
Interior designers suggest that putting in some plants can make your room looks bigger. You may hang or hook some small pots of this green stuff on your wall. This way, your room can look even fresher too!
And please do not underestimate the use of mirrors. With its reflective and refractive capabilities, this could create an illussion that may somehow trick the eyes, but it usually has a desirable effect of making your room looks bigger.
How about hanging some picture frames on your walls? Narrow walls deserve smaller frames. Avoid hanging big paintings which can accomodate most part of your wall. Though it can be an eye-catcher at first, it won't help to make your living space looks bigger.
5. Become a minimalist rather than a Victorian
Your home interior design or theme matters when it comes to making your house looks bigger. Keep that in mind.
If you think that a Victorian-inspired theme could make your place looks classic, think again. This interior design might not suit a small living space due to it's lavishing details of art and extravance of grand furniture. It may look nice, but it could never be ideal.
Minimalist designs on the other hand could be so comfortable to the eyes. With it's simple and raw details, putting fewer items inside your house would definite make your space looks bigger.
6. A clean and well-organized house never fails
Above all, nothing beats a clean and a well-organized house. Removing away some unimportant items and clutters often leads to a better place to breathe and live in.
A clean, neat house does not only looks bigger but it usually comforts the eyes and can relieve your day-to-day stress too!
Small living spaces may seem to be a problem at first. But remembering this cool home innovations could make things easier for you. In case you find your apartment small enough, this does not mean that you can no longer do anything to make your place looks awesome. Instead, why not take this as a challenge? As a matter of fact, it does not really matter how big or small your place is. Because a perfect house or room always falls on how you manage and organize everything.