Our team at Vancouver-WA Interior Designers can help give you ideas on how to really make a small room look bigger and how to make that large room be warm and inviting. Here are a few ideas to help you get motivated and started:
1. Use your largest pieces of furniture as anchors for the space you want to fill. Move sofas, large tables, and large storage pieces first and rearrange your smaller furniture around them. You never know what the area will look like until you actually move the furniture pieces. You may find that this one simple thing will go along way to refresh the look in that room.
2. Clear out space you really don't need .... if an arrangement isn't working, try removing one or two pieces of furniture. around to change up the dimension. Most people have too much furniture in their homes and by taking a big item out of the equation you can open up a whole new set of possibilities and it will look refreshing and new.
3. It's ok to leave space empty for awhile. You really can leave the space empty and then later add a new piece of furniture to make your furniture arrangement work, leave that space empty for a little while, and take some time to find the right item. This is a great way to freshen up a space when you just cannot decide what to do for that space. This can give you some time with redecorating later and without spending lots of money, disposing of old furniture. By reorganizing what you already have, your home's layout becomes more suitable for your type of lifestyle. Also not to mention, that shoving furniture against the wall doesn’t guarantee a larger room either. Try angling your bed or our favorite trick of floating the sofa in the living room with a skinny console behind it. When you have more breathing room around your furniture this lends to have the appearance of more space in the room.
Don't be afraid of using dark colors. Dark colors are definitely design-friendly, however they can make a room appear smaller. Make sure to stick to the pale colors such as pale grays, white, cream and blues to keep it light, airy and open. Vancouver-WA Interior Designer gives you color ideas and placement ideas on how to do this. Just call us today for a free consultation at 360-931-1797 and we would be happy to get you started. In using dark colors for a room they can
definitely be design-friendly, but they can make a room appear smaller. Stick to pale colors such as white, cream, pale grays and blues to keep it light, airy and open. Also, placing furniture against the wall doesn’t guarantee a larger room. Try angling your bed or maybe try floating the sofa in the living room with a skinny console or sofa behind it. Having room and space around your furniture lends the appearance of more space. Here are some more ideas that you can use to give that room space and make it look bigger:
1. Paint the ceiling. A white ceiling against a darker wall immediately shrinks a space — your eye can sense the room's size right away. When the walls and ceiling are the same color, it's harder for your eye to tell where the room's parameters start and end, so the room looks larger Painting the ceiling the same hue as the walls can help to erase the shadow lines that visually define a space.
2. Add built-in shelving to gain more storage. Built-in shelving can help you gain storage and maintain floor space. Stick to shelving that's no more than a foot deep. Be creative and place accent bedside tables, eliminating the need for extra furniture. Recessing the bed in the middle of the shelving prevents it from encroaching on much-needed floor space. that could be used for something else.
3. Use a daybed instead of a traditional bed. A daybed can help create the illusion that the room is more of a small sitting area, instead of a small bedroom that's been taken over by a traditional bed. Daybeds often have storage built in underneath too — another bonus for a small room, which can help with those items of yours you want to stow away.
4. Put up wall shelves. A nightstand can take up a lot of floor space in a small bedroom, and using just one with a double- or queen-size bed means that someone won't have a spot for an alarm clock, phone or beverage. A wall shelf on one side of the bed or on both sides can give a small bedroom a more open feeling and extra floor space. This can give you all the room you need for nighttime essentials. If you go with built-ins in your small bedroom, try taking them all the way to the ceiling to make the ceiling look higher. Make sure to paint the back wall a contrasting color to create layered look that has depth to it.
5. Go for mirrored closet doors which makes a room look larger. Using a mirror to double your room's visual square footage is a trick that's been used for years. In small bedrooms this often means replacing your closet doors with mirrored ones. The effect tends to work best when you can take the mirrors from floor to ceiling and wall to wall which really can enhance a small room to a larger one.
6. Let in natural light. While you should avoid blocking natural light in a small room, sometimes the only place that makes sense for a bed is right in front of the window. By placing the bed in front of the window you can use creative ideas for headboards that can really have a see through effect where the natural light and sunlight comes in through the windows.
If you still are wondering what type of wall shelves, furniture to use or not use, along with color and where to place those pieces of furniture just call our Vancouver-WA Interior Designer at 360-931-1797 and we can help give you some ideas that will make your home memorable for your lifestyle for years to come.