A cramped or cluttered home is often a key reason for a remodel or renovation. Professionals at Alpine Custom Interior know how to creatively configure space to make give it a more open feel. But besides changing your layout, here are a few other simple ideas to make a small space feel larger.
First, allow for empty space. If the room is already full of large furniture or clutter, the lack of empty space will make the room feel smaller then it is. Make sure that your bed, table, or sofa is the right size for the space it is in. If your bed takes up most of your bedroom, the size of the leftover space will correlate to how our eye perceives the room. It is important to find a balance between the size of your room and the size of the furniture, and the amount of things in it. To eliminate clutter, try turning unused spaces into storage. For example, buy a bed frame that has drawers built in under the bed, or an ottoman that doubles as a storage chest.
Second, use wall space for vertical eye movement. By placing lights, TV’s or other electronics on the walls instead of the floor, this not only opens up floor space, but also helps draw the eye upward. Hanging pictures, artwork, or mirrors on the wall will do this as well
Finally, have intention behind your use of lighting and colors. The brighter a room is, the bigger it will feel. Having at least 3 points of lighting will eliminate dark shadows in the room and allow your eye to easily see everything. Additionally, a monochromatic color scheme will give the room depth and richness, while allowing your eye to flow seamlessly. Multiple colors in one room will chop up the space, making it feel smaller.