Ah the challenges of a small space! Believe me, I know. I live in New York City. When I first moved to NYC, as a new mom, the baby’s room was in the living room of our rental apartment, and my artist studio was conveniently located in our bedroom. That was 21 years ago, and I am still in NYC, squeezing every square inch (and loving it)! I promise, it’s not that difficult to adapt to a small space. Try these 5 SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE A SMALL SPACE LOOK BIGGER.
A LARGER AREA RUG
The larger your area rug, the bigger your space will feel. Instead of a 5 x 7’, go for an 8 x 10’ at least. Create an outline on your floor with blue tape to mark the edges of a large, expansive rug. Follow those dimensions to select your rug, rather than looking at the sizes available at the store.
Raise your curtain rods almost to the ceiling, and let the drapes puddle down at the floor. This will add an incredible sensation of height to any space, no matter how low your ceilings are.
A LIGHTER CEILING
Paint your ceiling white (or a very light color) and your walls a slightly darker shade. I suggest sticking with neutral shades for small spaces. Our primal minds associate interior space with the outdoors, so a white/light ceiling reminds us of the sky and creates a sense of expansiveness.
AN OVER-ARCHING FLOOR LAMP
Use a tall, arched floor lamp to increase the overall lighting of your space and expand the space visually. This will produce a pleasant mood during the nighttime and also serve for tasks, such as reading. Be sure to balance out the lighting in your room with a combination of ceiling and floor/table lamps.
I cannot stress this one enough. Put away (or better give away) the non-essential, such as things you have not used in a year and items you would not buy today. A space free from clutter will seem lighter. As the old proverb goes..."The more things you own, the more they own you." - Unknown.
I hope these tips have helped, and please feel free to share your comments and small space struggles below. May the spaces we inhabit celebrate who we are!!