Make small rooms appear larger
Is your bathroom, children’s room or hallway too small? Most people have a problem room in their home that could do with a few square metres more. However, with professional expertise it is easy to make up for lack of size. If a room is arranged and designed in the right way, a confined living space can be transformed into a cosy, harmonious room. Here are the most important tips and rules to make the most of tiny rooms:
A sure formula: Select colours carefully
The basis for every visual room enlargement is the right choice of wall and ceiling paint. It can work wonders. In small rooms, you should choose bright tones and colours like blue, blueish green or gray shades that are less dominant. The second rule is: Apply the colour over a wide area and avoid small patterns, as this can easily look fragmented. In unusually high rooms, the ceiling can be painted a darker shade than the walls, so as to make it seem lower. This principle also works the other way around. If you paint the ceiling a lighter shade than the walls, the room will look higher.
Overall, you should use one colour family for your interior design. This means that you should choose one colour for all elements in the room such as walls, floors and ceilings, furniture and decoration. To ensure that it does not get too boring, you can use different shades of one color. The rule that applies for the walls also applies for the floor: it should be as consistent and bright as possible. While large elements make a room seem more spacious, smaller ones make the room „shrink“ in size. This means that you should focus on large tiles instead of mosaic patterns, and on wide, long planks instead of strip parquet. Additionally, the choice of the laying direction of laminate and parquet should be one that counterbalances the lack of space. As an example, a long corridor can look shorter if elements are installed crosswise. You should keep in mind the effect that pictures can have. In small rooms it is better to hang up just a few, large pictures rather than many small ones.
Delicate and transparent
After laying the foundation with the basic design, it is time to think about the furniture. The basic rule for small spaces is: No clutter! It is better to choose furniture in a systematic and methodical way. The best choice is multifunctional furniture, such as a side table that can also be used for sitting. In general, you should use dainty furniture. You could, for example, combine a dining table on thin legs with wire mesh chairs. Also, you should avoid partitioning the room with furniture. Here is another tip: Mirrors make a room appear larger. Discreetly placed in the room, a mirror is a secret recipe to create spaciousness, as it reflects light and spreads it in the room.
Lighting has a strong impact on the appearance of a room. If the room has a large window, you should make sure that daylight shines far into the room. Instead of using curtains, preferably select translucent materials for window decoration. With artificial lighting, it is good to use many different light sources and work with diffuse light and spotlights. Light strips or uplights are ideal for this.
Last, but not least: Keep it tidy
A mobile phone and a pen on the table next to the magazine you have just read may look reasonably decorative in a large room, but in a small space this can easily look untidy and restless. This is why it is important to create plenty of storage space, especially in small rooms. This also applies to the bathroom. It is therefore better to choose a dresser with drawers rather than an open shelf. Naturally, you also need to keep everything clean and tidy so that the room does not appear to be „overflowing“.