Over the last few months, many people have begun to feel a stronger connection with their homes and have come to appreciate them more - whatever the size. Not everyone is blessed with a mansion, and often our living space feels restricted and confined. However, there are plenty of clever tips and tricks for room ideas that can help you achieve a sense of space, even in the smallest of living rooms.
Here are a few room ideas to get you started.
One of the simplest ways to make a room look bigger is to use light colours on the walls. Soft off-white, light blue/green, pale blue or grey will give the impression of space by reflecting light and allowing it to flow through. This effect can be enhanced by using lighter tones for the moldings and wall trim, giving the illusion that the walls are set back farther than they actually are.
Natural light is always the best option, but where this is limited you can install lighting fixtures. Wall sconces, track lighting, or ceiling-mounted lights each have their appeal and can be used to open up the space. Lights can be used to create focal points, perhaps the main seating area, an interesting coffee table, or a piece of art.
Traditional three-piece suites can fill a room, making it feel cluttered. Consider replacing this with a 'snuggler' (a 1.5 seater sofa), or perhaps a corner sofa that will help to avoid the 'corridor' feeling. Use multi-functional furniture, such as a coffee table with storage. Replace armchairs with rustic rockers or low, comfortable stools (even better if they can be used for storage). Not only do these things save space, but they also add character and charm to your home.
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book - but it works! Placing a mirror or two on the walls will reflect the light around and also trick the eye into thinking the room is twice the size. Angling a mirror will add to the effect, especially when placed strategically to bounce the natural light from outside. The same goes for mirrored furniture, which is currently experiencing a surge in popularity. It doesn't have to be enormous, but a mirrored coffee table, sideboard, or tv cabinet will have the same effect, bringing light and space to your room.
Open shelving is an excellent option, as it gives a better sense of space than a solid, closed in bookcase. High shelves are ideal for storage - but keep it tidy! Clutter only adds to the feeling of limited space. Artwork or interesting collectibles displayed on neatly arranged shelves can draw the eye, taking attention away from the size of the room. Floating shelves are ideal for small living rooms as there are no visible supports, which opens up the amount of wall space.
Utilise Architectural Oddity
Older dwellings will be more likely to feature architectural oddities in shape and design. Perhaps there are recesses and niches, spaces under stairs, or even old beams and fireplaces. Where possible, work the original features into your room ideas. Try to make any original features a focal point by giving them a fresh coat of paint or polish, and including a range of textures in the form of rugs and floor-standing lamps. Make the most of every aspect by filling each available space. Alcoves are perfect for putting up shelves for books or ornaments, or - if big enough - even a cabinet. Lighting set within alcoves and niches will add a dramatic sense of depth.
Make it unique
Room, make it sing with your personality. But be careful when using patterns as big, bold prints can make it feel cluttered. Use patterns sparingly, perhaps for throws and cushions. Offset this with natural flooring's, such as rugs made from sisal or rush, which will give the room a sense of connection without making it feel small.
These are just a few of the really helpful room ideas out there - why not try some of them? Let your creative side run free to experiment, explore, and find new ways to bring a sense of space.