If you have quite limited space at home, you may have given up efforts in making it look catchy and pleasing to the eye. Most people with small house don’t think that their personal crib can be turned into a stylish living space; thinking that they need to hire professional interior designer to achieve such goal. But you can always do the work on your own, if you understand the characteristic of your place and the tricks to solve the problem. Who says looking great comes with great spending? If you are creative enough and you have good artistic skill, you can always deal with the small space to achieve the huge ultimate outcome.
The problem with small space is….well, the limited room. Small space requires clever arrangement and planning in the layout and placement; and that’s the role of the interior designers
. They somehow manage to spot on the extra powerful point of the room and focus on it, making the room look bigger and roomier in very simple manner. What you actually need is careful eyes and the understanding of what the room needs. For instance, if you are dealing with small bathroom, consider what you want from the room and what utilities you need. If you are an active person, it is likely that you prefer shower to bathtub, so you don’t need to include the tub.
Moreover, if you understand that you don’t really like keeping loads of stuffs in the bathroom, you may want to include only a corner standing shelf or small wall mounted shelf to keep the important utensils, instead of choosing the big and bulky regular sink and cabinet. In that way, you can get rid of the unnecessary clutter and make the room bigger with minimal arrangement.
There are also other simple tips and tricks that you can do if you want to make your space look bigger and more spacious. And you don’t necessarily have to do expensive remodeling project or do the whole renovation.
The first thing that you can do is to add mirror; it is better if you can come with full-body or big mirror
. Placing the mirror will create more spacious effect because it will reflect everything. If you have a small living room, for instance, place a large mirror on a particular spot or wall so it can reflect everything in the most stylish way. Not only it will help making your room look bigger, the whole arrangement is easy, simple, and clean. You don’t need to add anything aside the mirror, so you can really expect a clutter-free arrangement. Some people may add ceiling mirror, but the most effective one is the wall mirror. If you have more to spend, having both the wall and ceiling mirror can create even bigger effect, but it is not much different from having a single mirror placement only. After all, buying a large full-body mirror is quite costly.
Second, you need to consider the colors and patterns
. Do you know that darker colors tend to make everything seem smaller? Do you know that bigger patterns are more suitable for bigger rooms because they reduce the over spacious feel? If you have small and limited space, it is better that you choose lighter colors with smaller patterns. It doesn’t mean that you can’t have darker colors; you can still have it but only as accents – not as the main color. Imagine what your small kitchen will look like when you paint it with black and add dark wooden furniture into it. Not only it will look gloomy, but also it will make the kitchen much smaller in perspective.
If you want to turn the already small room into a bigger one, consider painting it in pale or bright hue
, such as pale blue or soft pastel purple. Even pastel green or soft pale gray can really make the room more spacious. If you want to add pattern, use small patterns. If you want dots or lines in the room, choose the small and subtle ones. Choosing patterns like the geometric shapes or the animal prints will only create cramped effect; it will ‘fulfill’ the whole empty space with the bold and large shapes and forms. After all, if you fill your whole space with big forms, it will make everything look cheesy and cheap.
Third, consider using multifunctional furniture.
Won’t it be nice if you can have furniture that can serve more than one purpose? Imagine how spacious your laundry room will be if your ironing board can be folded up and included into the laundry cabinet. It certainly saves up space when the ironing board isn’t used, and you can still store the important and needed items on the cabinet. Or, don’t you love it when your sofa and tufted ottoman coffee table
can actually be used to store items? Multifunctional coffee table and sofas have hidden storage compartment, which can be accessed when the cushion and the slots are opened, hidden from the eyes of guests and visitors. Another cool thing about having the multifunctional furniture is the fact that you won’t have to spend a fortune to get an item that can serve different purposes altogether. Try calculating how much you are going to spend if you have to buy a sofa set with a storage shelf, compared to having a sofa set that can be used as storage compartment.
Fourth, you can consider having walled mounted shelves or cabinets.
By combining the arrangement of using such cabinets with all the available nooks, you can actually come up with great arrangement that won’t waste the space. If you have a nook on the corner of the bedroom, for instance, you can use it for wall-mounted wardrobe with mirror. The most common usage of wall mounted shelves or cabinets are in the bathroom, since it is one room that is often designed in small and cramped manner. You can have wall mounted sink and cabinets, so the underneath space can be used to keep other stuffs –or even other cabinets.