Do you feel like the walls are closing in on you? Well don’t worry, you’re not the only one in this situation.
One of the most common problems first apartment dwellers face is lack of space. Sure, getting a bigger place is one option, but sometimes (or most of the time), the money in your bank account just won’t let it happen.
The second option though, is much more budget friendly and can instantly make your space feel more spacious as opposed to feeling like a jail cell.
Try putting these 8 tips into practice and watch your small space reach new heights.
1) Lighten up
You can never go wrong with white paint. To some, white might seem like such a plain color, but it can do wonders for visually expanding space. Lighter colors, especially white, can help reflect light, making the space feel airy and open.
Similar to vertical stripes on clothing, vertical stripes on walls or even the floors can trick the eye into making an object appear taller or longer. Use striped walls as statement walls or if you opt for painting the floor, make sure the stripes travel the longest length of the room. This helps maximize the effect. Before painting either walls or floors make sure you get your landlord’s permission. Removable wallpaper is a great option for adding a vertical pattern accent wall.
3) Use mirrors strategically
Mirrors give the perception of space and can reflect light into the room. Maximize the effect by placing a big mirror directly across the room from a window. You can even place mirrors across from each other to create the illusion of endless space. Be careful of your placement though. Avoid placing mirrors to reflect objects that are not easy on the eye as this can make the space feel cramped and cluttered.
4) Utilize the vertical space on your walls
Nothing can make a space feel more cluttered than by having multiple pieces of furniture placed on the floor. Instead of a traditional bookcase, opt for bookshelves. No more room in the kitchen? Buy rails to hang pots, pans and spices. Not only does this give the illusion of space, but it draws the eye upwards making your small space larger.
5) Buy proportioned furniture that does double duty
Stay away from the huge sectional sofa or the dining table that accommodates 8 people. If you live in a smaller space, opt for a love seat. Instead of the dining table, go for a drop leaf table that can be expanded if the need arises. Large furniture in a small room can quickly make the place feel constricted.
6) Hang shelving closer to the ceiling
Remember the tip on vertical lines? Yep, same principle here. By hanging shelving closer to the ceilings, you force the eye to travel upwards giving the illusion of space.
Plants can instantly change the look and feel of any space. Not only are plants friendly to the eye, but they can circulate oxygen making your home feel airy. If you’re a busy bee, think about acquiring succulents. They’re very low maintenance and require very little attention.
8) Keep the clutter to a minimum
If there’s one thing you take away from this article, let it be this. Nothing else in the world can make your space feel cramped and constricted more than clutter. Practice putting things back right after you use them, maximize your storage solutions, keep things off the ground as much as possible and only buy things that you know you will use. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Making a space feel bigger isn’t rocket science. It just takes a little creativity and a bit of know how. Avoid looking at your space as a problem. Instead, view it as a blank canvas and let your creativity flow.
What about you? Do you have any stories or tips to share on how you made your small space bigger?