Sometimes it’s easy to feel limited when you’re decorating a small space, but there are ways to fool the eye into thinking you have more square footage than you do. Read on for 12 tricks to visually expand your space.
1. Custom Built-Ins
Max out awkward spaces with custom built-ins. They not only make clutter disappear, but painting them the same color as the walls makes them recede into the surrounding space.
2. A Banquette
In a small space, a sea of table and chair legs can prove to be a visual stumbling block. You can score extra points for turning the banquette into storage for bulky items like stand mixers.
3. Go Low
To make a ceiling feel higher, stick to low-profile furnishings like this velvet sofa. Make the impact even more pronounced by hanging the curtain rod right at the top of the wall, and amp up the drapes with black trim to draw the eye up.
4. Swap Art For Mirrors
Instead of topping a nook with art, framing a large mirror and painting out the molding to match the walls creates an architectural element that expands space.
5. Be Uniform
Paint is one of the cheapest, easiest fixes for a small space. Don’t break up a room by painting out contrast moldings. In this living room by designer Garrow Kedigian, the crown and baseboards are painted the same mustard color as the walls, which makes them seem higher and conveys a luxe, cocooning feel.
6. Room For Recess
A deep recess in the island (which doubles as the kitchen table) makes it easy to tuck low-back stools out of the way for better flow in a downsized home.
7. Disappearing Act
Here’s an easy trick to make a small space look more expansive: Choose “invisible” furnishings that seem to disappear, like this glass waterfall coffee table.
8. Airy Fixtures
Ditch the dense chandelier in favor of something see-through and airy. This one has major drama because of the scale, without the visual weight.
9. Clear The Floor
Sometimes you can chose to opt out of a coffee table, turning a console into a work surface and general catchall, which won’t block the flow in the main space.
10. Thick Stripes
Horizontal striped clothing can make a wearer look bigger, but the good news is it does the same thing for small rooms. A striped wall treatment in this compact powder room makes it feel wider.
11. Double Down
Bunkbeds don’t eat up as much floor space, but they are visually heavy — when you can see an expanse of walls, spaces have more breathing room.
12. Break Out The Glass
Mirrors are a quick way to add depth, but that’s not the only way to use a reflective surface. An antique mirror, glass cloche and lantern fixture over the bed can let light flow through the room and adds sparkle.