Before decorating and filling a small room, you should carefully plan the design to ensure that you make it look like a bigger room. Space is at a premium these days, especially in the city. Smaller scale living can mean giving up some of the luxuries of a larger home. With some careful design planning, you can create the illusion of more space so see our suggestions below.

Remove Clutter

This first step is obvious, but rarely done effectively. Try and keep your space organised and this is facilitated when you understand the purpose of everything in that room. If there are any accessories or furniture that are rarely used then you should consider chucking, donating or storing it. This will allow you to enjoy the benefits of a more open and practical living space.

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Light Colour Scheme

Dark colours are great for making you look slimmer therefore this is not a good choice if you wish to make the room look more spacious Consider using lighter colours such as whites, magnolias and pastels which are more reflective and help maximise the effect created by natural light. This creates a sense of airiness and a more spacious room. The overall effect will be the illusion of a bigger room”.

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Simple Design

Avoid the temptation to go overboard with patterns and choose simplicity instead therefore, bright colours and jazzy patterns should be kept to a minimum. Too much of this can cause the space to look enclosed and cluttered. The odd patterned cushion and bright vase will help bring colour and character to a small room.

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Mirrors and Lighting

One of the main causes of a room looking small is a lack of light. Mirrors can reflect natural and artificial light, meaning your space will look bigger in the day and at night. Adding mirrors and light reflecting surfaces to your small room is a great cheat to add depth and light to your space, so, place a mirror near a window to maximise the light reflected.

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When designing a small room, it is all too tempting to try and add character with loads of prints, wall art and numerous ornaments. But blank space will make the whole room seem bigger. To create the feeling of spaciousness and airiness in your home, you have to decide on some surface areas to leave blank. If you are considering a home renovation then Amberth will tell you the best way to work your space in a way that suits you.