Decorating

10.24.2018 | 2 Minute Read | By Linzi Martin

Follow these five tips to help make your small rooms look larger and get the most out of small space living.

1. Declutter everything

A cardinal rule in small space living is to minimize your clutter. Even the largest rooms can seem claustrophobic if they’re full of old mail, knick knacks, duplicate items or clothes you never wear.

When you live with less, it’s much easier to find a place for everything and keep your home neat and tidy to make the most of the space you have. A simplistic approach will make your room appear much larger than it is.

2. Use neutral colors

If you’re allowed to paint, a great way to make small rooms look larger is to use neutral colors for your walls. Light paint colors reflect more natural light and make a space feel open and airy. Dark colors, on the other hand, tend to absorb light which will make your small living space feel even smaller.

Stick with whites, light grays, pale blues or beiges to brighten the walls and make it feel bigger. You can add pops of color with an accent wall or decor like pillows and artwork to brighten up the space without losing the open and airy effect.

3. Decorate with mirrors

Decorating with mirrors is a great hack to make small rooms feel larger. Much like neutral paint colors, mirrors also reflect light in a room. They can also give depth to a room since they reflect opposing objects.

Strategically positioning a mirror across from a window will reflect this natural light and mirror your outdoor setting creating the illusion of a larger space.

4. Think multipurpose

When picking furniture for your small space, focus on selecting items that will both fit the space and are multipurpose. While that sectional couch may look great in the store, it’s going to take up way too much precious space in your small apartment making it feel cramped.

Look for condo or apartment-size furniture that’s both stylish and functional. Expandable tables, beds with built in storage, couches with hidden compartments and chests that double as coffee tables can all be great options.

5. Get creative

There are so many unique ways to store household items. When decorating each room in your small apartment, take the time to research creative and functional storage that strategically uses all the nooks and crannies in your apartment. There are more options than you think to fit everything you need in an organized way to maximize small space living. Think corner units, wall shelves and even your radiator – with a cover it makes a great shelf.

Small apartments really can have a big feel when you use the right solutions. It just takes a little effort and planning to make the most of small space living. These tips are a great start to help you make your small apartment feel larger.

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