How to Make a Room Look Bigger
Usually, rental units are small in size. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re restricted from making the area look more spacious and attractive. To support that, here are some foolproof ways on how to make a rental unit look bigger.
6 Useful Ways to Make a Room Look Bigger
1. Start with the Natural Lighting
Considered to be the most important element in any room is good lighting, and natural lighting is always the best. Likewise, since not every room has tons of it, then you have to maximize what you’ve got. For example, hanging curtains outside the window frame is ideal. This is because whenever open the curtains, you don’t have to worry about the window getting covered. Additionally, as much as possible, window treatments should be light; both in color and fabric. Hanging a mirror on the wall across from where the window is located, is a brilliant way to let the natural light fill up the room.
2. Use Mirrors
Just like what has been mentioned earlier, mirrors are great at reflecting light. Thus, it creates an illusion of a bigger space. Aside from positioning the mirror across the window, you can also choose a focal point and angle the mirror towards it. This would create an illusion of depth. Instead of using several mirrors, it would also be better if you just use one large mirror instead. You’d be surprised at how it can make the room look bigger in size.
Also, you have to keep in mind that no matter how many times you rearrange furniture, it’s difficult to organize them in a way where it will make the room look bigger. There’s a solution for that though. Once you have decided on the furniture arrangement, then you can accent it with mirrors. This would create a wonderful illusion of space.
3. Give Flooring Some Attention
Although this may not be a solution that can be done right away, if it’s possible, you should try laying the flooring diagonally. This would make the area look more spacious. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to use ceramic, hardwood, laminate, or tiles, all of these would work wonderfully. Aside from that, if you can use a single type of flooring for the whole unit, you’ll be able to create an illusion of continuity. This would give a seamless look for your rental property.
4. Paint the Property’s Room with Light Colors
Repainting rooms is something most do simply for regular maintenance. Why not paint it with light colors? Believe it or not, the color of paint you’re going to use could make a cramped space look bigger–that holds true especially if you stick with light colors, such as pastels, buttermilk, off-whites, and magnolia. These are just some of the colors that are known to maximize space. You should also stay away from dark shades, as they do nothing, but absorb the light and make the room look smaller. On the other hand, bright hues promote a clean look that could easily dazzle anyone.
5. It Would Be a Sin to Block the Walkway
Sometimes it can be quite tempting to position the furniture in a ‘free’ space, such as the walkways and doorways. Prevent yourself from doing this. As a rule of thumb, if you have to turn sideways to slide past your bed every day, then it’s not a good arrangement.
6. Window Treatments? They Are Not Necessary
Remove or don’t even think of putting those dark-inducing drapes on the windows. Leave them uncovered instead. This would trick the eyes from thinking that there’s depth, and it’s also a great way to appreciate the landscape. However, if your tenant would rather have some privacy, then gauzy sheer white drapes are recommended.
Ask any interior expert and he’d tell you that white walls are always the top choice. They have the ability of revolutionizing dark, dingy spaces, and they can also draw attention to focal points of the unit– these can be paintings, fresh flowers, and/or sculptures. However, if an all-white room is not really your thing then just incorporate an accent wall.
From living rooms that have to function as a dining area, to bedrooms that look to small to fit a bed, it’s always difficult to turn a small room into something spacious. However, with the tips mentioned above, you’ll be able to make a cramped space look more inviting and functional at the same time.