Smaller homes often suffer from a perceived lack of space. While you may not have as much storage area, or floor space, as those with bigger houses, that doesn’t mean that you can’t create an illusion of more space. Taking steps to figure out the best way to decorate and furnish your home, rather than keeping everything simply because it’s yours, can help with the process of brightening up your space.
Consider Your Art
Dark colored frames and pieces of art on your wall may make the room feel even more cramped than it already is. One popular way to brighten up each room with artwork is to get next day canvas prints. These will be printed on a light colored canvas and can feature pictures of your choosing, so you can keep it personal while opting for lighter and brighter colored images. Other ornaments that you have on sills and ledges should be kept fairly small, so as to not dominate the space. Opting for a ‘less is more’ strategy may also help as, by keeping horizontal surfaces clutter-free, you may also help to give the impression of more space. That doesn’t mean you have to trash the items you do have. If you have the storage space available, you could opt to store currently unused items and switch them about from time to time, creating a fresh feel.
The colors used on your walls may also be detrimental to creating a larger-feeling space. Dark colors tend to absorb light, rather than reflect it, meaning that, even with ample natural light, the room may still feel small, both in floor space and height. To combat this, choose some light-friendly colors to adorn your walls. While white may be the best option to maximize your potential of a brighter living space, other pastel colors may also work and give you that desired effect. Opting for a satin sheen finish will allow even more of that all-important light to radiate around your rooms.
It is evidently clear that natural light contributes a lot towards the brightness of a room, but there may be times where you want to shut the light or weather out. Traditional curtains can sometimes make a room feel more enclosed, so opting for blinds that fit within the window frame can allow you to have more of your space while still serving a purpose. The pattern on these blinds may also have an effect. Horizontal stripes can make a room feel larger. While lighter colors will, again, do the best for the brightness in your room, you could instead use the blinds as a feature within the room, choosing a color that will pop out.
A small living space can be made to feel deliciously intimate and comfortable by making changes. Looking at the light sources available to you, as well as your own personal taste, can help you to figure out the best way to maximize your space.