How to create the illusion of more space in a small area

By: Wandeleur

Not everyone is fortunate enough to live in a 2000+ square foot home. Especially when living in the city, space can be hard to come by. There are, however, a few tricks that you can use to make your humble abode appear larger. Here are some space saving decor tips that'll make your apartment seem twice the size!

1. Paint It White

You know how your LBD can make you appear slimmer? Well dark paint colors do the same thing on your walls and can actually make your rooms appear smaller! By sticking to a white or light-colored paint palette, you are allowing the room to visually expand. It also helps to paint your ceiling the same color as the walls so that there is no visible line that cuts across the room.

2. Dainty Does the Trick

When working with a small space, it's best to avoid chunky, overbearing furniture that takes over the room. Instead, opt for more delicate pieces that won't take up too much space. For instance, swap out a large, wooden coffee table for a glass or Lucite option that allows you to see through it.

3. Downsize

Unfortunately, living in a tiny apartment or home doesn't always allow for traditional furnishings. If possible, ditch the dining room set for eight and replace it with a small café-style table and chairs. Another good option instead of a large sectional sofa is a smaller loveseat. These compact pieces of furniture take up less space both physically and visually and will help your residence look more proportional.

4. Natural Light Is Best

If you are fortunate enough to have plenty of natural light streaming in through your windows, embrace it! Avoid dark curtains that block the sun and instead, opt for something sheer or pale-hued. It also helps to mount curtain rods higher than the top of the window to create the illusion of taller ceilings. Quite possibly the BEST trick to make your home feel larger is to place large mirrors on several walls. They help to reflect light and actually make it appear as though your room continues on.

5. Play With Height

If you don't have the benefit of floor-space within your apartment, put the vertical space to good use! Create a gallery wall that extends to the ceiling or even mount canvases above tall furniture. Doing so will help draw your eye upwards. Tall bookshelves painted the same color as the walls have the same affect and are a great storage option.

6. Cleanliness Is Key

It may sound silly but keeping your space neat and tidy will work wonders. When your floors are crowded with laundry, knick-knacks, and miscellaneous items, it makes your rooms appear crowded. Stay organized with bookshelves, closets, or even a standing clothing rack.

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