Last Monday, we looked at various ways you could make your small space feel a bit less claustrophobic with storage furniture and a more open floor plan. In today’s article, we’re going to look at a few aesthetic changes you can make around your place to make your small space feel larger than it actually is. There’s nothing wrong with a little illusion, is there?
One of the most common answers to “How do I make my space look bigger?” is to add mirrors to your walls. It’s the old reliable answer—mostly because it’s true. Adding a large mirror to one wall can create the illusion of opening up your space. But what most people don’t realize is that the same concept can extend past your walls and into other parts of the room. Consider using furniture with glass tops or mirrored panels to create a spacious look in any room. The see-through and reflective surfaces trick your eye, making it seem like the end tables and accent furniture in the room aren’t even there. You get all of the function without feeling like you’re losing space. Sounds like a win-win!
Rhythm & Hues
Simple visual cues can also make your small space feel more expansive. In this area, color is your best friend. When repainting or simply deciding on the colors to use in a room, stick with lighter colors to give a more airy, open feeling. Once you’ve chosen your lighter colors, try to stick to variants of one color for each room you’re painting; the unified presentation makes the room come together as a whole in your mind instead of standing out as individual parts. Darker hues can make walls feel constricting and closed in, and too much contrast can have a jarring visual effect that distracts from your space.
If you don’t want to repaint the room—or the entire house, for that matter—a simpler solution to creating a more expansive space is to hang a single oversized art print on one wall to draw the eye toward a single focal point. This opens up the room by drawing your attention toward the open space in it. But while we’re talking about walls….
Your walls are one of the most underutilized resources for reducing your clutter and opening up your space. With floating shelves and wall ledges, you can have a place for all those knick-knacks and keepsakes you would normally display on space-hogging end tables that easily contribute to the clutter epidemic. Picture frames, tabletop and mantel clocks, small vases, even fishbowls—all of these can easily live on a wall shelf or a series of wall ledges. Oh, and as for the difference between the two? A wall shelf is a thinner platform with visible supports above or below it, while a wall ledge is a slightly chunkier platform that seems to stick straight out of the wall—no supports needed. For the best results, go with multiple shelves or ledges of the same style and stagger them for a more interesting look.
Location, Location, Location
When choosing how to light a room—particularly one without built-in light fixtures like many of today’s apartments—it’s easy to go the floor lamp route. There are many fashionable styles, they plug into your existing outlets, and they are fairly efficient at lighting up a large space—especially lamps that feature multiple bulbs. But they can also take up valuable floor real estate that simply can’t be sacrificed in a small space. The solution? Relocate the lights.
Time to get the lights off the floor and onto a more underutilized space: the ceiling. With pendant lights, you can have focused light in almost any area of the room, or you can choose to distribute the light evenly throughout your space—all without taking up any room on the floor or on tabletops. And Kirkland’s offers both plug-in and direct wire styles, so you can choose your lighting setup regardless of your electrical prowess. Shocking, right?
Take Your Sofa To Task
As we covered in Part 1, the trick to making the most of small spaces is to ensure that every piece of furniture has a purpose—no wasted space! And while one purpose is great, multipurpose is even better. Just for a moment, let’s think even bigger than storage furniture. So you really want to save some space? Make the place you sit and the place you sleep one and the same. Convertible sofas (also known as sofa beds or sleeper sofas) are super-convenient multitaskers; they allow you to free up space that would normally be reserved for a full- or queen-size bed, or they can afford you a luxury unheard of to most small-space dwellers: an actual sleeping place for guests!
Living in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t live large. Here at Kirkland’s, we welcome the opportunity help you feel at home in any space—regardless of its size!