With home prices on the rise, it can be difficult to discover your dream place within your budget and in a desirable neighborhood. After vigorously searching for the perfect spot to call home, you found an apartment in your ideal neighborhood but it’s a bit on the small side. But you’re not sweating the small stuff. You’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided to make the best of your situation and create your very own oasis, while (hopefully) saving some coin in the process. Let’s make that tiny space feel like a mansion.
Open Floor Plan
An open floor plan will make your space, well, feel and look open. With beams and walls out of the way you can create a flow from room to room. Don’t worry, usually open floor plans are made for common areas like the kitchen and living room so you’ll still have some privacy while on the porcelain throne.
Mirrors have the ability to make any room look bigger and brighter. Depending on the angle, mirrors add depth to the space. Mirrors capture both artificial and natural light which can brighten up the room and create the illusion of a bigger space; literal smoke and mirrors.
Speaking of lighting, save some money on curtain rods, curtains, blinds, all that stuff made to cover windows and opt to leave them uncovered and free. Window treatments tend to make small spaces look and feel even smaller and cramped. Natural light helps eliminate that feeling and make small spaces feel not so small.
Once you start packing your belongings prepping for the big move to your new place, you realized how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. You also realize you have nowhere to put all this stuff in your new place. Should you just get rid of everything and live the minimalist lifestyle? Nope. Investing in storage that doubles as furniture will save all your goods from the dump and ultimately make small spaces feel not so small.
Dark colors are usually used when creating a warm and cozy feel. Using lighter colors, especially on the walls, brighten up the place and make it feel bigger. But that doesn’t mean you can’t add a pop of color to give your walls some personality.
Move that couch from against the wall, you’re only making your living room look boxy and cramped. When the furniture is placed toward the center of the room, it tends to open it up now that there’s space for the walls to breathe.
Hanging objects toward the ceiling moves the eyes upward. By averting the eyes up, it gives the appearance that the ceiling is a lot higher therefore making the room seem a touch taller (remember, make small spaces feel not so small)?!
Speaking of tall rooms, I’m sure I’m not the only one that has heard vertical strips make you look taller, well they will give your room the same illusion. Now you’re room will look like it can reach Mount Olympus.
Separators and Rugs
Room separators give you the feel of having more space, especially in studio apartments. You can instantly turn that studio into a one bedroom. Rugs can also separate a space and give the appearance of different rooms.
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