Apartments have their advantages like maintenance, pool, tennis courts, gyms, cyber cafes and the list goes on. But let’s face it, apartments aren’t known for having an abundance of extra space and storage. Here are 6 tips to make a small room look bigger.
Choose your paint colors wisely. Lighter, cooler colors open up a space, making it feel roomier and less cramped. While a super bright paint sample might look great on that 2-inch square at Home Depot, once it’s on your wall, you’ll feel like you’re swimming in it. Always test paint out on a small area of the room first.
Mirrors don’t just create illusions when it comes to magic; they work to make a small room look bigger, too. Large full length or wall mirrors can make the space feel as though it’s almost double the size.
Eliminate clutter. You probably think you’re worlds away from winding up on the next episode of Hoarders, but chances are you’ve probably got something in your house you don’t need. Get rid of it. If you haven’t used it or even thought about it in 6 months to a year, you probably never will. It’s just taking up precious space and cramping your apartment… and your style.
Don’t ignore the ceiling or the floor. Painting the ceiling a light color can really open up a room. Same goes for putting a pastel rug on the floor. Busy patterns on the floor or ceiling can make a room feel smaller, so it’s usually best to go with solid colors.
Follow the light. It seems obvious, but natural light can really open up a space. But so does for artificial light. Any kind of lighting you choose can have an effect on how the room feels so choose wisely.
Furniture that stands up high on its legs makes a room feel more spacious. Think about this when picking out couches, arm chairs and things of that sort if you want to make a small room look bigger.
At the end of the day, while there’s no way to magically make your 500 square foot studio apartment stretch to the size of the Grand Canyon, there are ways to make the space feel larger so that you feel less cramped.