Amazing Design Ideas to Help Liven Up a Smaller Space In your Home

Sometimes you may feel a bit cluttered in some of the smaller areas of your house. Take a look at these great design ideas to really open these spaces up.

Do you have a room in your home that seems useless because it's so small?

Or maybe you live in a small home or apartment and are constantly challenged by how to make the most of your space.

When faced with ways to liven up a small space, interior designers know all the tricks of the trade to make small spaces feel bigger.
 
But you don't need to go out and hire a professional. We have some amazing design ideas that you can implement yourself!
 
Design Ideas to Make Small Spaces Seem Bigger
 
Most of the ideas we're suggesting are pretty straightforward; though there a few that will appeal to the DIY sort who's good with his or her hands.
 
Whatever the case, you're sure to find success with at least a few of these ideas:
 
1. Emphasize Storage
 
If possible, consider having one wall consist of built-in shelves that hug the wall from floor to ceiling. You can tailor-make a unit complete with cabinet and cubbies.
 
Of course, a tailor-made shelving unit may not be in your budget. So in that case, look for narrow furniture pieces that can be flush up against the wall.
 
2. Welcome Natural Light
 
Natural lighting is a cheap and effective way of giving a room a spacious and airy feeling. So if you have windows, take advantage of this.
 
Get rid of any heavy or dark curtains. Replace those curtains with something light and sheer. Or get rid of curtains altogether.
 
If you must have curtains or a light blind, try to keep them open as often as possible to let that natural light in. And establish a clear site line to the window rather than positioning furniture in front of it.
 
This will make the space feel more open.
 
Another way to add more natural light is with a big mirror. It's almost like adding another window while giving the illusion of more space and air.
 
3. Use Wall Space Wisely
 
Avoiding clutter is key in small spaces. And that includes your walls.
 
Considered painting one wall in a colorful accent color to create the illusion of more space.
 
And while pictures and photos add personality and color to a room, it doesn't take too many before the wall looks crowded. So be discerning about what you put on your walls.
 
If you want to bring attention to those photos and pictures, look into the possibility of using spotlights. Doing so create the illusion of more space, and eliminates the need for additional lamps or lights that take up real estate on the floor.
 
In addition, consider installing a few floating or hanging shelves among pictures and photos. They're great for plants, books and other items that may otherwise clutter a table.
 
4. Amplify Height
 
There's nothing like a tall ceiling to make even the smallest room feel more spacious. But not everyone is lucky enough to have 10-foot ceilings.
 
The key to amplifying height is drawing attention upward.
 
When measuring for the lighter curtains we mentioned above, think about having them start above the molding of the window or at the ceiling so that the windows look taller.
 
Paint your ceiling a bright shade of white. It will reflect more light and make the room look bigger.
 
Hang simple lanterns over seating areas to draw the focus upward.
 
And when shopping for decor, look for objects such as candles or sculptures with a strong vertical component.
 
5. Stick With Functional Furniture
 
You have to get creative with this one.
 
Let no piece of furniture be one that simply takes too much space. For example, look for an ottoman that doubles as a storage unit.
 
Such a thing is not as hard to find as you might think. As the demand for living in small spaces increases, more furniture manufacturers are designing furniture like this.
 
And do you really need a couch when a plush loveseat would suffice? Pair it with a small table and you maintain a cozy, but not cramped space.
 
The way that you layout your furniture is important too. Placing anything on a diagonal is going to leave wasted space behind it. And remember, keep as much space open in front of windows as possible.
 
6. Keep Floor Space Open
 
Maintaining traffic flow through your small space is crucial.
 
It will give the room the appearance of being more spacious. But committing to this goes a long way toward keeping your space uncluttered. And the less clutter and miscellaneous items you pack into that space, the less likely you are to trip and fall.
 
Then you could be dealing with a sprain, a strain, or repairing a chipped tooth. And nobody wants that.
 
Keeping floor space open doesn't mean you can't have a rug though. Try to find a neutral print or something with a mellow pattern. Avoid bold prints or bright colors because they will give the illusion of a smaller space.
 
So keep as much floor space open as possible. Rather than blocky furniture that sits heavy on the floor, opt for leggy pieces that give the furniture a sense of buoyancy.
 
You'll be amazed how much lighter this makes a room feel.
 
7. Add a Mezzanine
 
You or someone you know has to have some pretty solid building skills to execute this one.
 
But if you're living in a very small space with relatively high ceilings, you could consider using the top half of the room to build a mezzanine.
 
College dorm room occupants regularly take advantage of this concept by building loft-style beds above seating areas.
 
The mezzanine concept is a bit more elaborate. But if you can pull it off, it's a lot like adding a second room.
 
Start Living Large
 
Creating the illusion of space is ultimately what it comes down to when you can't actually add more physical space to your small room or apartment.
 
The above design ideas do exactly that.
 
So try them out and see how well they work for you.
 
And for more great articles that inspire you to live your best life, keep checking back with us!
 
 
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