Wondering how those rooms on your Instagram feed look oh so airy and charming while yours feels like it’s going to collapse on top of you at any moment? Well, it doesn’t necessarily mean yours can’t look like that too. Chances are all those rooms your drooling about have been designed by a talented interior designer who knows how to trick people’s eyes. And having some of those tricks up your sleeve might come in handy in your living situation. While small spaces can indeed feel confining and uncomfortable, in a few easy steps, you can have your own Instagram worthy retreat that you won’t want to leave.
Kiss the Clutter Goodbye
The first and most important step towards making your space feel larger is to get rid of all those, unnecessary things whose sole purpose lately has been collecting dust and making your home feel cluttered. Yes, getting rid of old items with sentimental value isn’t easy, but letting go of the past is key to enjoying the present.
To make things easier, organise your decluttering journey in three steps. First, get the items you’re planning to keep out of the way. If you’re not using these items, store them in a box to keep them safe and sound, but make some room for new memories. Then, decide which items you’re planning to donate. Think old books, clothes that don’t fit, toys etc. That way, you won’t feel so bad about throwing away stuff that once made you happy, instead, you’ll let them bring happiness into other people’s lives. And finally, throw away anything that’s broken beyond repair, outdated or worn out.
Decluttering is the simplest way to make a room feel more spacious without spending a dollar. After you’re done with this step, you’ll immediately notice that your home feels more open and airy. And about that making new memories thing, be careful not to overdo it with new decorations either, let your place breathe!
Dress Up Your Walls with Geometric Wallpaper
If you don’t believe in magic, you’re about to. Just as magicians use their wands to trick our eyes, you can use geometric wallpapers to create an illusion of a bigger space. With tons of wallpaper geometric patterns to choose from, you can make your space feel wider, taller or both depending on your needs. The best part is you don’t have to dress up the whole room, you can achieve the desired results by using a stunning geometric pattern wallpaper to create an eye-catching accent wall.
When choosing a wallpaper geometric style, you’re only limited by your imagination and style, but it’s good to know what colours make a small room feel bigger. If you’re covering the whole room, opt for brightly coloured wallpapers that’ll reflect natural light and make it feel more open and welcoming. Go for off-white, blush pink, green and sky blue. To maximize the effect, paint the wall trim in a slightly lighter shade to make the walls appear farther back to create the illusion of a bigger room. If you’ve decided upon an accent wall, don’t be afraid to go for bold colours such as black, navy or red to add a sense of depth and space.
If you want to make your ceiling seem taller, opt for wallpaper with vertical geometric shapes to draw the eye upward. This won’t only create an illusion of more space, but it’ll also elevate the overall interior design. To make your room feel wider, choose geometric wallpaper with large shapes in a horizontal pattern. The sure-fire way to go about it is stripes, but if you want to take it up a notch, consider using 3D geometric wallpapers to make your space feel even more expansive.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Hanging a mirror to make a place feel larger than it actually is, is probably the oldest trick in the book. However, not just any mirror will do and you need to know how to place it in order to achieve the desired result. The key thing to consider when buying a wall mirror is the size. The bigger the mirror is, the more space it’ll appear to create.
If you want to create an illusion of depth, angle the mirror toward your accent wall or another focal point in your room. Don’t have a focal point? Buy a gorgeous decorative mirror that doubles as one. This way, you’ll have a striking accessory that draws the eye, but it doesn’t take away from your space.
Regarding the placement of the mirror, you should be mindful about what it reflects. According to Feng Shui experts, you should place your mirror opposite beautiful views. You can use it to accentuate any design feature that you like, or better yet angle it towards your windows to maximise natural light in your room to make it feel bright and airy.
Choosing the right shape is also important when shopping for a new decorative mirror. If you want to add a contemporary vibe to your space, opt for an unusual shape with a bold eye-catching frame. But if you want your mirror to complement your traditional design features, stick to round, square and rectangular mirrors with simple wooden or metal frames.
Mirrors are also an excellent way to make small windowless rooms feel brighter and open. Adorn one of the walls with a simple mirror that’s cut and framed to resemble a window to make the room feel less claustrophobic.
Let There Be Light
It’s amazing how proper lighting can completely change the way a room looks and feels. To make your room seem more spacious, shine a bright light all across the space. However, make sure you don’t rely on one big chandelier in the middle of the room because this will only accentuate the centre and create an opposite effect.
Instead, scatter multiple light sources all around the room to open it up. If you want to maximally utilise your space, use LED strips or recessed ground lights to add depth and dimension to your room. You can also use long pendant lights to accentuate the height of your room and draw the eye from the small floor space.
Less Is More
Last but not least, if you’re dealing with a small room, it’s best to embrace minimalism and refrain from over-decorating. Abide by the rule less is more to create a clean, open and light-filled space that’s pleasant to be around. However, if you’re feeling like minimalist décor is too boring or lacks warmth and human expression, you should consider decorating your room in Scandinavian style which combines the best of both worlds.
Arranging your bedroom in Scandinavian way as well as other traditionally small rooms in the home will help you create a visually clutter-free and airy space.
The key thing to remember when decorating a Scandinavian style room is to focus on functionality rather than fashion. Think of it as finding beauty in simplicity. And the best part is, you can achieve this style on almost any budget. Plus all these tips and tricks mentioned above go hand in hand with the Scandi aesthetic. So, without further ado, it’s time to make some small changes to your space that’ll make a big difference.