by Janice Anderssen
When you live in a small home, you need to embrace the space and make the most of what you have. Love the home you live in!
Increase the height and length of curtains
Mount curtain rods and rails higher than the window to create the illusion of a higher ceiling and bigger room, and let curtains fall to the floor. The eye is immediately drawn upwards and fooled into believing the space is larger than it is.
Leave curtains open for natural light
Every room needs lots of natural light, and plenty of light works in your
favour in a small room. Natural light creates a feeling of space, while
dark rooms tend to feel claustrophobic. Try to arrange furniture so that
it doesn’t block off windows, and use light, airy fabrics to frame windows.
If privacy is your main concern and you don’t want nosey neighbours
looking into your home, look at installing honeycomb blinds or
sheer curtains to give privacy.
Let mirrors shine
Mirrors and mirrored furniture bounce light around a room and go a long
way towards making a small space appear larger. Using mirrors is a classic
designer trick that has been used for hundreds of years. Visit our
Art & Framing section for ideas to make your own framed mirrors.
Fool the eye with stripes
You can use stripes in a variety of ways to fool the eye; vertical strips give
the illusion of a higher ceiling and horizontal stripes are perfect in a small
room to give the illusion of a larger space. Find tips on painting horizontal
stripes in our Decorating section.
Horizontal stripes on a wall don’t have to be in a single colour –
tone-on-tone stripes can be used to introduce colour and interest to
a plain room. Take colours from the room, tone these down, and paint
onto a wall to instantly make a room feel larger.
When furnishing a small room, consider the size and amount of furniture
going into the space. A single, large sofa provides plenty of comfortable
seating and won’t take up as much space as multiple small pieces and the
room will feel less cluttered and more open.