Making Small Areas Look Larger: Three Time-Honored Tricks

Many homes today lack the amount of space desired by residents for the atmosphere they really want.  And the cost of housing takes the major portion of the average citizen’s lifetime income.  So most seek to make the best environment out of what they have.  In many cases, this entails making a smaller home appear more spacious than it is.  Using these techniques and strategies, anybody can accomplish this.

One approach is the use of wall color.  While rich colors are attractive and give off the tone of warmth, without the proper amount of lighting they tend to produce a sense of enclosure that makes a room feel smaller than it actually is.  When coupled with low level lighting and average height ceilings this effect reduces the sense of spaciousness.  The obvious alternative is to use colors that are lighter.  Colors that approximate the outdoors tend to seem more spacious, helping to make a room more attractive and inviting.

Another strategy is to minimize the space consumed by furniture.  Try items that expose more of the floor to view.  The ability to see open floors gives the impression of more space, thereby making the room or area seem larger.  Similarly, take advantage of wall mountings whenever feasible.  For example, instead of using floor-standing cabinets and furniture, try installing shelving that is mounted into the walls, leaving the floor itself open.  One can shelve all their primary reference materials and books from Barnes and Nobles on wall-mounted sets of shelves that can serve as a family “library.”  New books, texts and research materials –  obtained using Groupons for discounts of up to 90% off new and used text books, for example – can expand the area collection into a quiet study area and/or workspace.  Even desk and counters can be mounted in the walls, thus leaving open floor space below.

A third trick is to use area rugs rather than leaving the floor naked – be it carpeted or wood or tile.  The use of the area rug gives the image that there is additional space since it doesn’t cover the entire floor.  And use furniture that has defined legs which also permit the floor beneath them to be visible to the viewer.

While none of these tactics increases the room size, they give a sense of airiness or spaciousness that becomes increasingly desirable when space is at a premium.