Creating Space You Don’t Have: 8 Top Tips to Getting it Right
Updated: Aug 19, 2019
We all have a room or two that’s smaller than we’d like, and sometimes it can be difficult to envision how we can use the space to get its maximum use, but there are ways! The biggest challenge is trying to fit everything important in and still make the room look appealing to the eye, but hopefully I can help you with that. In this blog post I’m going to give you my top tips on how to create maximum space in the smaller rooms of your home, so you get it right the first time.
Let’s start with the backdrop of your room – the walls. You want to keep wall colours neutral or in very soft colours if you’re not a fan of white or cream, as this will help make your room feel calm. Having an even-toned room will also help fool the eye into thinking its more spacious. If you want to stick with the neutrals, make sure to add a variety of textures and subtle patterns to keep the space from falling flat. If you’re a fan of colour, you can go bold with the soft furnishings – think coloured throws, cushions, art, and accessories.
2. Hide the clutter
With small rooms, you don’t want clutter. Lots of clutter will just draw your eyes to it and make your room feel cramped and messy. I always say plenty of storage is so important to hide away the multitude of sins! If you’re designing a bedroom, a bed with storage underneath is super useful. In other rooms as well as your bedroom, the use of floating shelves and built-in storage will really help maximise the square footage of your room. When adding built-in storage, try opting for sliding doors too so that they don’t protrude into the room as much.
3. Multifunctional furniture
When it comes to buying furniture, I always think multifunctional is best. Day beds are great to double up as a sofa or an additional bed for when you have guests come to stay; choosing tables that function as both a dining table and desk works well; and cubes that serve as both a coffee table and additional seating for your guests, are all clever ways to stop you from adding too many items to a smaller room, reducing your chances of making the room feel cluttered.
4. Unexpected useful spots
Don’t overlook the spaces you might not necessarily think of using or that you think are wasted space! How about adding radiator covers over your rads for creating shelf space? Or using your windowsill to place important items? Don’t overlook the foot of your bed either - by adding an ottoman, some crates or even a small table can do wonders and doesn’t take up much space at all. Do you have limited wall space and the window takes up one of them? How about creating customised shelving to frame your window – this way you can gain extra storage, and it puts focus to the window that brings in the much needed natural light.
5. Zoning areas
If your space allows it, try to zone the different areas or functions of your room. Room dividers doesn’t have to be in the form of a door and brick wall these days – use partitions that let the light in like a slatted screen, an open bookshelf, a glass wall, or a semi-sheer curtain. If you want to get even more creative, how about using a large floating painting to create a divide? Options are only limited by the limitation of your imagination!
Trick the eye with mirrors. A cleverly placed mirror will help bounce light around a room and give the illusion of space, brightening up a room to make it feel light and airy. Selecting furniture pieces that help add to the illusion of space are also great ideas. Pieces such as clear, acrylic chairs, like these from Barker & Stonehouse are a great addition to a room without making your room feel too crowded. To create an even further spacious haven, how about switching your table lamps to pendant lamps or wall lights – this will free up your table tops and give you clean and unobstructed lines.
7. Be resourceful
If budget is a concern, I would suggest being resourceful and reuse existing furniture. Ever thought about using an old, chair as a side table? (You could even add a storage basket underneath if it allows you to!) Or perhaps upcycling pieces of furniture you already have by giving them a lick of paint and changing its fixture & fittings? There are plenty of ways you can keep to a tight budget but still get the most out of your small room, it just needs a little imagination.
8. Invisible vertical lines
Last but not least, think vertical. If you can take things up to your ceiling height, this will help make a room feel taller. If you have a TV in your room that’s currently on a table or TV unit, try mounting your TV on the wall to free up some floor space. Lifting everything off the floor will help you to see the floor space and will in turn create a sense of spaciousness.
Try giving my top tips a go in your next room project and let me know how you get on in the comments below. I would love to know what worked for you!
~ Love always