When it comes to home design, figuring out how to use a small room can be a challenge. No one wants to feel like they’re living in a closet or underutilize a space in their home, after all. Regardless of whether you rent your current home or your own it, there are a few things you can do to maximize the space in a small room that go beyond decluttering and rearranging your furniture for the 100th time.
Paint the Room
Making a small room feel bigger is one way you can maximize the space. Often, you can make a small space appear bigger by repainting it, especially if its walls are currently unpainted or they’re painted a dark color.
In general, lighter colors make a room seem larger and brighter. Light, bright walls are more reflective than darker walls. This reflective effect makes a room feel open, inviting and airy. By contrast, dark colors tend to absorb light, which can make a small room feel even tinier than it actually is.
To make a small room in your home appear bigger, consider repainting its walls using a light-colored paint. Off-white, light blue or green, beige and creamy colors are good choices to create the optical illusion that a room is larger than it really is.
To take the illusion one step farther, paint your trim and moldings with a lighter color than you use on your walls. Doing this will make the walls of the room seem as if they sit farther back, which will make the room feel and look more spacious.
Use Multi-Purpose Furniture
Naturally, the furniture you’ll put in a small room depends largely on what you intend to use the room for, just like it does in larger spaces. To maximize the space in a small room, it’s imperative that you use multi-purpose furniture. If you’re trying to make your living room appear larger, for example, don’t get an ottoman that is just for resting your feet. Get an ottoman that doubles as a storage compartment.
If you’re trying to maximize your bedroom instead, think about your bed. Your bed probably occupies more floor space in your bedroom than any other piece of furniture. Consider replacing your traditional bed with a bed that has storage underneath it or a Murphy bed that can be folded into the wall when it’s not in use. Many of today’s Murphy beds have a fold-out desk you can use when the bed isn’t occupying floor space.
Letting natural light into a small room is an extremely cost-effective way to maximize the space in a small room. If your room has windows, pull back your window coverings or install sheer coverings to maximize your space by letting the sunlight in. If your room doesn’t have windows, you can make the space seem larger by adding artificial light. Just be sure you use light fixtures on your walls or ceiling to brighten the space so lamps don’t occupy valuable floor space and make the room seem cluttered.
Contact Studio212 Interiors
Whether you want to maximize the space in a small room or a large space, the home design experts at Studio212 Interiors can help. To get the most out of your living space, contact Studio212 Interiors today!