Not everyone could afford to buy big, luxurious homes. If you live in a major city where real estate can be ridiculously pricey, you might find yourself cramped in an apartment that is just about the size of a country home’s master bedroom. Don’t fret, though, because there are many ways to make a small apartment space to look bigger.
Here are some tips:
Take the minimalist approach
Clear as much space as you can by putting only what’s necessary in your apartment. Your space will look more cramped with the presence of large furniture, while having many small furniture will make it look cluttered. It’s wiser to have a few medium-sized ones – perhaps the bare essentials and some accent pieces will do.
Clear your space
Again, clutter makes the room look smaller, so make sure you only display items that are often used and keep the rest in storage. You can maximize storage spaces by having cabinets built under some living room furniture or kitchen counters.
Use light paint colours
Dark colors may make your room look smaller, while lighter paint colours tend to open up the space by letting more light in and around the apartment. Try to use a low-contrast colour scheme and don’t veer away from the same colour family so as not to draw the eyes towards edges and create the illusion of continuity. Monochromatic colour schemes are preferred.
Use mirrors and lights
Again, the main idea is to open up the room with the use of light. Mirrors reflect light and distribute it across the room, thus, making it an effective wall décor. Having reflective surfaces in your kitchen or living room also serves the same purpose. Ample lighting also helps make the room more spacious by brightening it up, so make sure you install enough lighting fixtures and let more sunlight in by using minimal window treatments and staying away from heavy curtains.
Take advantage of vertical elements
You can make your apartment look larger in height by drawing the eyes to slim and tall decors such as a narrow floor lamp, skinny shelf, or tall houseplants. Leading the eyes upwards will create the effect of bigger vertical space.
Maximize see through spaces
Instead of using opaque glasses for your shower, you can make the bathroom look bigger by installing a clear one. This creates the illusion of bigger space because your eyes can see farther. This could also work for cabinets and dividers.
About the Author: Amy C. Fountain is a home-based blogger and interior designer who enjoys sharing design and home decoration tips through her article contributions. She also maintains websites that help people decorate their homes with Accent Tables and Fengshui Fountains.