Planning for a small room can often seem challenging and frustrating. However, if done well, the result can be a well-designed space that feels bright, cozy and inviting in spite of its size. With the right design tips and techniques, you can turn a small space into a warm and welcoming area.
So how can you make a small space feel big? Below are some tried and true interior design tips that will help you breathe new life into your compact scheme:
Pay attention to traffic flow
Arrange your furniture in a way that creates a sense of movement around the small room. One handy trick to achieve this is by putting major pieces of furniture along the longest walls in the room, leaving adequate space for navigation. You can also use smaller pieces (tables, chairs, stools etc) to define boundaries in the room.
Go for bold color schemes
Conventional wisdom states that softer hues that blend well together make a small room seem larger. However, bold colors can also be used to create a dramatic effect that draws the eye, while delineating different sections of the room. To make the most of this, select one wall to act as the room’s focal point. Paint it in a bold color then pick fixtures and furnishings for the room in complementary colors to complete the look.
Select multipurpose furniture
Keep clutter at bay in your small room by choosing multipurpose furniture. These days, it’s easy to get furniture that doubles up as handy storage areas. This includes beds, benches, stools and ottomans. With the right piece of furniture, you can design a multifunctional room that feels and looks spacious and inviting.
Don’t be afraid to use windows
Keep window dressings to a minimum in a small room and instead adorn your windows with wooden shutters. You can have them made to measure for maximum privacy and to provide adequate ventilation for any room. Rather than blocking the center of the room, push up some of your furniture to the windows and make the most of the natural light during the day.
When it comes to decorating a small room, go for a minimalist approach. Take advantage of the vertical space to draw the eye upwards and create a feeling of depth. Opt for wall-mounted shelving units, standing lamps and large artwork on the walls. Don’t go overboard though. Remember that a single well-placed piece can create balance and focus compared to several smaller ones scattered around a room.
Another classic decorating trick to add a sense of depth to a small room is to hang up a mirror or two. This visually doubles the space in the room and tricks the eye into seeing a larger area than what is actually there.
As you can see, there is a variety of ways through which you can transform a previously small, cramped and claustrophobic room into a visually interesting space. This goes to prove that space and style aren’t mutually exclusive as long as you have a clear vision of what to do with that small room in your house.