Well-decorated small apartments can be great cozy retreats. But usually, small apartments feel cramped, full of unneeded things, and claustrophobic at times. Fitting all your prized possessions and useful objects in a cramped apartment is no easy task.
If you are moving or just refurnishing and rearranging, here are a few tips on how you can make your apartment look bigger.
Furniture Relative to Apartment Size
Buying furniture that is proportionate to the size of your apartment is key. This is the first step you should take to make your apartment look bigger. In theory, a huge sofa or a king-size bed may look very comfortable, but if you want to make your apartment spacious, think about scaling down the furniture you want. If your furniture is huge relative to the proportions of your apartment, it will cause your space to feel cramped, and you won’t be able to make use of the space effectively.
Clear Out the Clutter
Organize and declutter your home completely. Nothing can make your apartment look bigger than getting rid of stuff you don’t actually need. Keep things that you use least often hidden and away from sight. Decluttering opens up apartments significantly, as you can actually see more of it with things out of sight and organized well. Moving or refurbishing is the best time to organize and declutter your home.
People don’t think of using mirrors for anything other than checking on their appearance. But when used the right way, mirrors can make your rooms more spacious and also brighter. Large mirrors can make rooms appear bigger by tricking you into thinking there is more space. The placement of mirrors can also change the way your apartment looks. By placing them opposite windows, you can increase the amount of natural light in the room, which brightens up the room, also helping it look bigger.
Keep it Simple
When decorating and furnishing a small apartment, keeping it simple is important. The more things you add and the more complicated you make your apartment, the more cluttered and smaller your apartment will feel. Be purposeful with the furniture, paint, and decorations you want in your apartment. If you do want an art installation or a design, try and group them up in one part of a room.
Use Lighter Hues and Shades
The color of your walls and furniture can greatly alter how you perceive a room. Lighter hues and shades such as white can significantly help your rooms look bigger. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to white. Lighter shades of most colors like pale blues, sea greens, and grey all will have similar effects. Colors like white also reflect more light than darker shades, making rooms brighter and more spacious looking.