Designing a small room that is appealing and functional can be challenging. Not only do you lack the square footage you may want and need, but a small room can also feel somewhat closed off and uncomfortable. Knocking down a wall or building an addition may not be possible for some reasons. Thankfully, help is available for your small room. With these tips and tricks, you can make a small room look and feel much larger.
1. Furnish Proportionally and Properly
The size, style, and placement of your furniture can make a bit impact on how spacious a room looks and feels. Furniture that is large and bulky may be comfortable and provide enough seating space for you and your family. However, large pieces of furniture will most likely take up too much space for your small room.
To choose furniture that works for your smaller room, do not assume just any furniture will work in your room. You must consider the distance between each of the walls in your room and compare these measurements to the length, seating depth, and height of the furniture pieces you want to use.
In regards to style, take the height of your ceilings into consideration. Low-profile seating is best for small rooms with low-profile ceilings, since traditional-style chairs and sofas will make a room with low ceilings appear even smaller.
It is also smart to forgo furniture that is not actually necessary. Since you lack space, skip the accent chest and invest in a side table instead because it will be more functional.
2. Paint With the Right Colors in the Right Way
The color and techniques used to paint your walls and trim can also affect how spacious a room feels. Choosing dark and drab colors for the room will make the overall space feel much smaller than it already is. In addition, if you paint trim a darker color, the room will feel dark and closed-in.
When you are ready to paint the walls and trim work of your small room, consider various shades of taupe, cream, or a light grey for the walls and bright white, glossy paint for the crown molding and window/door frames.
Paint the ceiling in the same bright white, as well. This will help make the ceiling look and feel taller, which can be helpful in smaller, darker rooms.
Another trick to consider when painting a small room is to paint the walls and trim the same color. This will make the walls feel taller, the ceilings higher, and the room more spacious overall.
It is also important to remember that lighter paint colors will make your room appear both bigger and brighter because of how natural light affects the painted surfaces. When choosing your paint, opt for a brighter shade with a light reflectance of at least 50.
3. Illuminate With Lighting and Decor
As mentioned previously, a room will appear larger when light reflects off brighter paint colors, but paint is not the only way light can make your small room look and feel bigger.
One light fixture hanging from the ceiling can only illuminate the center of the room, which can actually make your room look even smaller. By installing multiple light fixtures throughout the room, you can illuminate different areas in different ways, increasing how large and spacious the room feels.
Recessed lights, which are installed in the ceiling, are great for accenting areas, such as a fireplace mantle. Floor lamps and table lamps should also be used throughout the room. If you do not have much floor or table space, consider installing wall lights behind your sofa or in corners and hallways of the room.
Finally, incorporate mirrors into your décor. Glass or mirrored lamp bases create a less-cluttered appearance, which can open up your small space. Mirrors hung over the sofa, a chair, or a fireplace reflect light from your windows and light fixtures.
With the right furniture, design, and décor, a small room can still be an attractive and functional space. For design assistance, contact Julie Williams Design.