If you have a small home that you want to increase a little, it may be tempting to try adding a large extension, but it is a costly task that will require a lot of time and effort.
Instead, we want you to consider something smaller and more profitable, which will still open your home in a beautiful and effective way, but will cause minimal disruption during the construction process. Your architect can suggest a lot of fantastic options to add a little more living space to your home, but before asking, take a look at our fabulous decorating tips and tricks, as we may have found something that suits you and your home.
Tricks to enlarge spaces
The good news is that the tricks for a successful small space life may be easier than you think. It all comes down to tricking the eye into perceiving more space using three simple concepts: scale, light and movement.
The furniture for the small space must respond to certain proportions. In short, if a piece touches the boundaries of the room, either up or down or sideways, it is too large. To create a feeling of spaciousness, always leave a little air between the sides of your furniture and the walls. (The only exception is a bed, a queen placed between two walls, for example, creates a cozy cave to sleep).
Also avoid heavy and bulky parts that consume too much usable space in the room. If you crave a large piece of accent (a work of art or a mirror), hang it on the wall. Do not consume a valuable living space by putting it on the ground.
Furniture that is lower than the floor will create an opening sensation in a room simply because they leave more space above them. In the bedroom, choose a high bed or even try to place a mattress directly on the floor. In the living room, embrace your interior style with pieces from the middle of the last century. Or, if your tastes go more towards the romantic and ornate, 19th century furniture also has a low profile.
Again, creating the illusion of more space is about creating a sense of openness and movement. The furniture that is aerodynamic allows light and air to flow not only over but also under and around it, so that it seems to float in space. Again, think of mid-century modern pieces, which are short and long. Or consider the perfect piece of raised furniture: the butterfly chair.
Any discussion of small spaces should include the idea of using mirrors to create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect the light, they also reflect the view, deceiving the eye so that it perceives more space.
Tricks to gain breadth
As we saw with the mirrors, it is about tricking the eye. The curtains they prevent the inside from looking outside, even if they do not cover the entire window. However, the curtains only add more things to the room. Eliminating them keeps the space simple. If you want privacy, consider blinds, lightweight mesh or fabric curtains. Or if the curtains are essential for you, use a bar that extends beyond the window frame, so you can fully expose the window.
We all know about the reflective qualities of white. It opens a room, makes it feel more airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling in the same shade of white only enhances this similar effect, and serves to blur the boundaries between the wall and the ceiling, causing your eye to move upward, essentially making the ceiling look taller. Finally, in small spaces that can be quickly disordered, white is a good choice because it simplifies a space and emphasizes architecture. (That's why the architects love it so much).
If you are concerned that a totally white space feels too cold, combine it with warm elements such as wood or textured elements, such as a knitted wool blanket. And remember that you do not have to choose an absolute target.
It all comes down to creating a sense of movement. Like long-legged furniture that creates a sense of dynamism, or mirrors that reflect light and a view back to the room, anything that makes your eye travel through a room intentionally and orderly will make you feel more big.
When it comes to a small room, one naturally wants to maximize space by pushing all the pieces towards the edges. But if this makes you trip over things, you can improve a claustrophobic feeling. Sometimes it is better to group the furniture on one side of the room, so that people can pass without obstacles.
If possible, avoid heavy materials and fabrics that absorb light and weigh your room. Linen is a perfect example of a lightweight material that will increase the feeling of lightness in the room.
Small spaces must be ordered. The more pieces, possessions and patterns you have in a room, the more messy you will feel. Avoid too many ornaments or at least group them so that they look like an installation. Ditto with art; Concentrate your framed pieces on one or two walls. Avoid busy patterns and overwhelming colors. Or, if you absolutely must have that William Morris wallpaper, consider placing it on an accent wall. The same with color, try painting only one wall or one door and adhere to a single tone. Now is not the time to embrace the whole spectrum.
The conclusion is that you must be strict with yourself (in reality, this concept applies to all spaces) and intentional about everything that enters the room. If you choose the accent wall wallpaper, keep the rest of the room simple. If you need that large oil painting in your living room, try to make it the only work of art in the room.