The mark of a truly well decorated home is one in which none of the spaces feel confining. Of course, any house, apartment or condo is going to have it's fair share of small rooms. This need not be cause for frustration, though. From decorative storage to zoning parts of a room by usage, there exists a whole host of ways to make those small spaces seem open and inviting. Read on to discover some of the best methods for making the most of a small space – you'll be surprised at how much larger the room can feel!
One of the most common ways that people end up unintentionally shrinking their spaces is by simply overcrowding them. It's an understandable thing; it's very easy to get drawn in by one piece of furniture and feel the need to purchase the set. Be careful not to strive for the unnecessary – a few pieces of tasteful furniture look far better than a full set crammed into a room not large enough to accommodate it.
Don't be bland
The walls of a room are one of the most overlooked opportunities for expansion of a small space. First and foremost, don't assume that white walls will provide the best aesthetic. Contrary to popular belief, painting your space in something darker (imagine a heather gray or a deep blue) can really open it up. Assuming that the space has a decent amount of natural lighting, try placing a mirror on one or more of the walls to create a wider visual frame for any guests. Through reflecting lighting back towards a window, the illusion of greater space is created.
Many people fall into the trap of thinking that a room has to have one central purpose and, accordingly, should function as one continuous "zone." Assigning different areas within a room to different functions can actually cause the space to seem to expand. The room doesn't need to be divided completely evenly, but try assigning different spaces for relaxation, work and dining in one room and see what happens. Hint: Try finding versatile furniture to maximize the effect. For example, this jewelry chest can tie in well to any room or zone and also offer valuable organization solutions.
One of the benefits of living in a small space is that bold decorating requires fewer decisions than a larger space would warrant. While "loud" style is definitely encouraged, be sure that you aren't creating a series of disconnected rooms. The different parts of your home certainly don't need to be identical, but make sure that each room flows well into the next to create a desirable continuity. For example, the main color in a small kitchen could be an accent color in a pattern used in the attached living room to create a sort of fluidity.