With space becoming minimal and small rooms becoming the norm, it is really important to implement concepts that trick the eye into perceiving more space than what actually may be. We have compile a couple of ways to create elevated, airy spaces that will be sure to expand the size of your room without having to knock down a wall.
Scale down - Furniture for Small Spaces
Proportions are so important, especially when you don't have much space to work with. You want to ensure you allow air in between the sides of your furniture and the walls, this will ensure the room does not feel cramped when residing in the space. You want to ensure the furniture you select for the room has clean lines. Our favorite way to achieve this is by selecting focal pieces with legs to create the feeling of more floor room. For example, even if your couch is on a solid base, adding a legged coffee table and legged accent chairs would create more balance, making the look feel light and airy.
Ground Your Space - Introduce Light and Neutral Tones
Light and neutral tones make rooms look larger. Lighting the color palette of your space will do more than you think. Anything from replacing dark curtains with light and bright ones to switching out a few textiles with softer colors will lengthen your visual plane, creating a spacious feeling.
Incorporate Reflective Surfaces
Natural light creates the illusion of space, and mirrors create the illusion of natural light, so even in dim spaces or small, windowless corners, a mirror can help expand the look. If you don’t have room for a mirror, try other reflective materials to create a similar effect! Anything from light-bouncing backsplash tiles to metallic décor will help create that dimension that all well-designed spaces bring.
Breezy Easy Fabrics
If possible, avoid heavy materials and fabrics that absorb light and weigh your room down. Linen is a perfect example of a lightweight material that will increase the sense of airiness in the room.
Keep it Sweet and Simple
Small spaces are all about minimalism. The more pieces, possessions, and patterns you have in a room, the more cluttered it will feel. Avoid too many knickknacks or at least group them so they read as an installation.
The bottom line is you need to be strict and intentional about everything that goes into the room. If you go for the wallpaper accent wall, then keep the rest of the room simple. If you need that huge artwork in the room, try having it be the only art in the room.