Are you thinking of renting or selling your home, but worried that your small rooms would be off putting to potential buyers?
Not to worry! There are a few things that you can do to show your small rooms at their best.
Get Rid Of Clutter
Getting rid of excess clutter in your home is the best way to make the most of the space you have. It may seem daunting, but decluttering can actually be a highly therapeutic process.
The best way to approach a declutter is to, first of all, set goals. Decide on which rooms of your house are the most urgent to work on and plan to target them first. Plan out a rough schedule of when you want to have done each room by, and ensure that you leave yourself enough time to work without stressing yourself out.
Next, create a method for sorting through your stuff. A lot of people like the ‘three box’ method, in which you put your stuff into three boxes: one to keep, one to store, and one to get rid of.
Finally, address the items in your ‘get rid of’ box. You could consider a few methods:
- Sell them on – using eBay or other online methods
- Donate them to charity
- Upcycle them
- Have a garage sale
Try to do the above methods before resorting to throwing things away.
Open Up Walkways
Rearrange the furniture in small rooms so that there are clear walkways with plenty of space. This will make your rooms look larger than if they are cluttered with overbearing furniture, or if people are walking into things while they are looking around.
Use Corner Walls
If you have corner walls that can’t be used for much, you could consider moving your radiators onto them to free up larger wall spaces elsewhere. This is possible if you use a ‘column’ style radiator rather than a traditional one. Warmrooms are a provider of column radiators in the UK that come in a huge array of sizes and colors to suit any room.
Choose Your Colors Carefully
Your choice of color scheme can have a huge impact on how a room feels. If you choose warm colors, then this will make a room feel smaller and more cozy. If, however, you choose cool colors, you will make your room seem lighter and more airy.
In color theory, the color wheel is divided into warm and cool colors. Think about water and nature colors, greens and blues, and these are your cool colors. These colors not only make a space feel more serene by invoking natural imagery in your mind, but they also give the impression that they are receding, which can help to make your room feel more open.
Contrasting colors can look great, but they also break up space and make it look smaller. Use a monochromatic cool color scheme by using several shades of the same color along with a neutral, in order to avoid this.
Coordinate Wall And Furniture Colours
Think about furnishing your room with cool colored items of furniture that match the wall coloring you have chosen in order to further make the most of the effect of cool colors. If you choose contrasting colored furniture, then it will break up the wall coloring and make your space look smaller. It’s also a great idea to choose items of furniture that aren’t too bulky so that they take up as little space as possible – if possible, use as much wall space, such as floating shelves instead of a bulky bookcase, for example.
Let In The Light
Let as much light into small rooms as possible to make the space look bigger. Some things you can do to maximise the light in a small space are:
- Open your curtains during the daytime
- Use glass bricks or sheets to let light in from other areas of the house if your room doesn’t have a good sized window
- If you are lighting the room artificially, try using multiple, softer, light sources like lamps rather than a single, harsher, overhead source of light
Hanging mirrors in a small room can help to make it look bigger. Use a mirror stood against a wall, or a large framed mirror hung on a wall to reflect the light. You could even think about using a mirrored coffee table or dresser.
Use Fabrics To Your Advantage
Try using fabrics that are solid colors rather than patterns, as busy patterns will make your space look smaller. Choose fabrics that are neutral colors, and use different textures rather than patterns to create interest.
Using light and airy fabrics will allow more light to pass through, which will increase the levels of light in the room and make it look bigger.