Many of us live in smaller properties than we’d like, which is why it’s important to know the tricks to making any room look bigger.
From well-placed mirrors to dark floors, there are small updates that can instantly make any room seem more spacious.
Caprice Purit, London-based model turned entrepreneur, and founder of in-house brand Caprice Home, shared her top eight tips exclusively with FEMAIL.
“Anyone looking to renovate should follow these simple tricks and think smart about your space to achieve an end result that you can really benefit from and live in,” Caprice said.
“Getting your pleasure from somewhere is important otherwise it totally beats the point!”
Caprice suggested replacing heavy curtains with shiny and airy fabric, and paying close attention to how the floors are laid out to create the illusion of space…
1. Hang mirrors close to natural light
Capture the light: Placing a large mirror – or several small mirrors – near a natural light source helps bounce light into the room, making it appear larger and less cramped.
Do not underestimate the power of lighting and mirrors. They can transform any room and make a huge difference in the overall feel.
If your room can’t fit it, replace any large artwork with several smaller mirrors or a larger mirror.
Add effect by placing artificial lighting that reflects the mirror to give the illusion of more space.
Mirrors are also most effective near natural light as the reflection can instantly expand the room. Therefore, mirrors near windows and doors are a must and avoid any dark spots.
2. Save floor space with floating shelves
Clear Floors: When it comes to storage, make the most of space by considering floating shelves like the one above (pictured) or built-in storage that can be neatly tucked away.
3. Measuring and road testing of existing furniture
Not measuring your space for furniture can be your biggest mistake and regret.
It seems like we all stumble upon a piece of furniture and make an impulse purchase with no regard for how it really fits in the space.
To avoid any furniture appearing narrow or blocking the door, you should determine your measurements and be realistic about your options.
Road-test some or your existing furniture in different places of the room, keep it there for a few days, and then see how you feel about it.
Start by de-cluttering and then spend some time planning your space. No small room should have clutter or a lot of decoration and your room should feel open, neat, tidy and organized.
Create an integrated storage unit, hidden solution behind furniture, or a floating shelf to put anything you want to keep or display.
As a general rule, you should avoid any storage that takes up any floor space or else your room will feel even smaller, like an ottoman.
4. Get rid of heavy curtains
Thick, heavy curtains will make your room feel closed and dark because they will overload the room and absorb natural light.
Choose lightweight or sheer materials to elevate the room.
This will also help frame the windows and entice more natural light to shine through.
Lighter materials can also blend in better with other furniture and be more versatile.
The soft vertical pattern can also help add height to a room. Heavy curtains are more suitable for larger rooms as the space can take up space.
Bright and Breezy: Replace your heavy curtains with light, airy drapes (shown above) to create light that opens up the space. It also restores the physical space taken in the base
5. Choose furniture with bare legs
Avoid unnecessary, bulky furniture by choosing pieces with bare legs because they are more streamlined and can make a big difference.
By reducing bulky furniture, the room will subconsciously feel more spacious and less cramped. The sofa and chair legs are especially bulky and can overwhelm the room.
You will be amazed at what kind of furniture you will be able to fit into the room if you follow this simple design rule.
Multifunctional furniture that also doubles for storage can also be great for smaller spaces.
5. Select a small wall and get creative with the pattern
Go to your limits! Add color to even the smallest room by choosing one wall to cover with the pattern, as shown above. This will give your room a focal point and trick the eye into making it feel bigger than it is
If minimalism is your thing, that’s great, but just because you’re wearing limited space doesn’t mean you should avoid all styles.
If you’re feeling creative, you don’t need to play it safe and think everything should be simple. You just need the right balance.
It is a good idea to choose the smallest wall for the pattern and make sure that the pattern is centered and not cropped on either side. This will give your room a focal point and trick the eye into making it feel bigger than it is.
7. Flooring to deceive the eye
Draw the Eye: Contrary to what you might think, adding a dark floor to a small room (shown above) will help draw the eye to lighter walls, creating a more open feel
Small rooms that don’t get much light look bigger with a dark floor. Any light flooring is best avoided because it actually does the opposite.
You may be afraid to use a dark floor in a small space and think that a light floor would be better, but this is not true.
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The dark floor should be embraced in small rooms with light, airy colors, drapery on the walls, and textiles instead. There is more wall space than the floor, so this should be your focal point for the lighter shades.
The eye is then attracted by the knots and combinations in play, leaving the impression of a larger room.
If you’re going for laminate or laminate flooring, place the planks toward the main source of light. Use panels with beveled edges for definition.
8. Draw the eye with pillows
Choose pillows that catch the eye. Clever use of cushions can give the impression of extra space. Layering can add depth and intrigue which is exactly what you need in a small space, to skew a room’s volume.
Pillows should include one of your “smart design choices”. They can be mixed and matched with a rug or other accessories in key spaces to help balance the space. These well-placed items can draw attention to that area.
Plus, this is a great way to incorporate textures and patterns to give your room some identity.
Caprice Porritt is the founder and CEO of By Caprice Home with major sellers including www.jdwilliams.co.uk, www.very.co.uk and www.next.co.uk.