The world is getting smaller, or at least it feels that way when you look at modern apartment blocks. Ceilings are dropping down to caress the tops of our heads and in some complexes it feels as though the walls are literally closing in on you. You can negate these effects with the right decorating techniques. Not everybody can live in a big old apartment block with high ceilings and wooden floors. So read on for tips to make your tiny rooms look and feel bigger.
At all costs stay away from dark colour schemes if you have a small room, especially if your small room also has small windows, as darker colours will only make you feel that you are imprisoned. Icy blues and cream colours are very good options for small rooms, as these maximise the natural light in the room and make the place feel open and airy. Light green colours also have a similar effect.
If you really have your heart set on a darker shade this can be used quite effectively for borders and trimmings around the room. In fact, if you keep your borders and trimmings to a minimum this could also make the room appear larger.
Multi-function furniture is a good way to avoid cluttering up a small room with too much furniture. A low but long bookshelf against a wall and next to a couch can also function very effectively as a coffee table. In a small room it is best to keep furniture lines clear and free of clutter. Ornaments, vases and the like should be reserved for larger rooms. The furniture should ideally be against the walls with the space in the middle of the room kept relatively clear. You begin to feel cramped and confined when you need to walk around furniture to get from A to B. Finally, try to opt for some glass furniture, like a glass topped table. These keep the room light and serve a function without appearing to take up too much space.
The term dark and dingy is one to bear in mind here; it happens all too easily in a small place and should be avoided at all costs. Try to make full use of any and all natural light that flows into the room. Use curtains that can be pulled open all the way, rather than blinds which often always cover some percentage of the window. Do not let anything block natural light and focus the furniture and living areas where the highest concentration of natural light is found. It’s also highly recommended to use mirrors to maximise light. Lamps are also a good tool to light up corners of a room to prevent is feeling small, dark and cramped.
If you are careful in how you arrange your living space you can transform a tiny apartment into a beautiful and comfortable living area. Smaller areas are less forgiving than bigger rooms but if you follow the above principals achieving a sense of space is possible.
This post was written by Natalie Simon, a Cape Town-based freelancer. Natalie enjoys writing on a diverse range of subjects, including interior design and home décor.