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Maximising Space in the Home

21 August 2015

If you live in flat or an apartment, or simply just want to get more out of a small room, there's lot you can do to create the feel of more space. Regardless of how small or big your home is, we all like the idea of maximising space to make our homes feel spacious and welcoming. 

Instead of viewing small spaces as limitations, think of them as a fun and inventive challenge! A small space doesn't mean you have to be cramped. With colour, strategic furniture buying, space planning and interesting lighting, your room will feel like it's got all the space it needs! 

With these easy tips from 55MAX, making your room feel bigger will be a breeze:

Use the right colours

Interior designers have been saying this for years, but it's worth repeating as it works so well! Cream colours and icy blues are just a few of the colours that can convert a tiny room into a seemingly bigger space. It's a well known fact that light colours make a room look bigger. It's all about optical illusion. Light coloured walls are more reflective, making a space feel open and airy. Dark colours on the other hand, can make a room feel smaller as they absorb the light. 

Don't just think about your walls either- lightening up your floor colour can make your home feel more spacious and airy. Redoing flooring can be pricey and may not be an option, so a nice rug would do the trick as well. For an optimum effect, select soft tones of creams, blues and greens, and always remember that brighter rooms look bigger and more inviting.

Bring the light in

Try and let as much natural light flow freely inside the room. If you don't have a lot of natural light, there's a huge choice of creative lighting effects you can choose from these days, but if you do have access to natural light, make full use of it with the help of large windows. Or why not swap solid doors for doors featuring glass panels to allow light from other rooms to travel through the house? This will instantly connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting your space.

 

Mirror Mirror on the wall

Reflect light around the room using mirrors. Placing a mirror opposite light from a window or a lamp creates optimum light reflection. This doesn't necessarily have to be one huge mirror, smaller items such as mirror photo frames will also help to maximise the light.

    Make the most of art

    Just because a room is small, doesn’t mean it can’t be dramatic - Big pieces of art can add a lot of drama to a small space, and make the room seem bigger in the process. Why not create a gallery wall and hang art above eye level to make your walls feel even more expansive? You’ll create the illusion of more space instantly.

     

    Choose the right furniture

    Choose sofas and chairs with open arms and exposed legs. Sofas and armchairs that are raised on legs create a sense of light and space, which makes them perfect for small rooms. Glass tables also keep keep the appearance of a open and free space. This allows light to filter under the furniture, making the room appear airier.