stand to be a little larger. In fact, the majority of people believe that some of those rooms are too tiny for stylish décor, so they opt not to
decorate at all. If you are trying
to decorate a smaller area, don’t cram in multiple elements. Instead, try to
make a few work for you. They won’t overpower the space or cause the eye to
focus on too many facets at once.
lighting will make a big impact immediately. If you have fluorescent
lighting, get rid of it. Opt for softer, less abrasive light. Affix lighting
high on the wall instead of the ceiling. Choose lighting fixtures that are thin
and sleek and steer clear of bulky piece. You’ll like the look they create.
“Attack of the Tsotchkes.” The more small boxes, picture
frames, and candles you use, the more filled up a space looks. Place a few
well-chosen items on a narrow shelving unit for maximum impact in minimum
furniture should not overpower the area. Choose shelving
that leans against or mounts to the wall, or something that fits snuggly into
the corner. You will save a lot of space that way.
art you choose can easily open up the room. A lot of
Starbucks coffee shops have done a stellar job of making their smaller
locations look large by hanging black and white photographs surrounded by large
white mattes in matte-colored frames. By hanging these in multiples against a
darkly painted wall, you’ll create the illusion that the room stretches farther
back. White and off white are great colors for creating space, so if you don’t
want to paint the room white, go for white-matted sketches, photos, or simple
draperies well above the window frame. Choose drapes that
hang all the way to or puddle on the floor. It will elongated your windows and
make your ceiling appear higher. You’ll want to hang them about a foot higher
than the top of your window, if you have the space for this. Even an
outside-mounted wood blind or cellular shade mounted a foot about your window
would do the trick.
with a few colors. If you were dead set on using
multi-colored curtains and loud wallpaper, reconsider it. It’s difficult to get
the best of both worlds. While you might love paisley wallpaper, save it for a
room a larger room. Choose neutrals, then add a pop of blue or green by tossing
in some throw pillows, or some upholstered chairs.
utilize mirrors! Mirrored lamps, mirrored furniture, a
mirror on the wall. They will make the room appear up to twice the size.
Really plan out your project. Trying to pack as
much as you can into every inch of an area will only cause you grief. Write out
the few pieces you must have, or the design elements you really want to
incorporate, then work to make sure all other rules to make the room look
larger are followed. If you absolutely have to wallpaper your small room in paisley,
stick to all neutral furniture, white chairs, white-matted artwork, sheer white
draperies, and fall in love with your home all over again.