DIY home decor ideas for small spaces from bedrooms to kitchens to RV's.
Making a small space seem larger than it is can make that space even more enjoyable!
How to make a small room look larger.
Making a room seem larger can be simple and inexpensive to do.
I like how easy it can be to make just a few changes using what you may even have on hand!
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Frequently asked questions about small spaces.
Small spaces can refer to anything from a spot in your garden to a place where you can park your car in. Also, definitions for 'small space' can differ as this can also be a subjective interpretation.
When it comes to a space where people may live in, many define a small space as an area that may have limitations with the layout options. Generally speaking, a home or apartment that is less than 1000 square feet is considered to be a small space. A bedroom that is less than 100 square feet, a bathroom that is less than 70 square feet , and a kitchen that is less than 150 square feet are generally considered to be a small space.
Whether or not a room or living space is actually a small space may not have anything to do with it feeling like a small space. That is, a really larger room may seem to be a small space just as an actual small space is.
What can make a space seem small?
The biggest cause of a space seeming to be small is clutter.
Large or too many pieces of furniture and other items can lead to the clutter.
Other things that can make a room seem small include low ceilings, obstructed windows or natural light, and a bad overall layout of the room.
How to get started redecorating or reorganizing a room.
Perhaps the first step to redecorating and reorganizing is to evaluate what it is about a room that is bothering you. Is the room too small, are there too many items in the space, or is it just time to let a few things go?
Once you have taken inventory and identified a problem, it is time to get started on the job.
- Step one: Declutter the space.
- Step two: Arrange or rearrange furniture to make a small space look larger.
- Step three: use color and lighting to make a room look larger.
- Step four: Organization the contents of your room.
- Step five: How to make specific places or rooms look larger.
Step One: Decluttering a small space.
Clutter can make a space look crowded and messy. Decluttering a small space is the first step that you can take to make your small space look larger.
How to declutter a small space.
- Make a plan. If you have a large space to declutter, dividing up the space to declutter at different times can make your decluttering task easier to handle.
- Decide what you will do with what you declutter. Will you donate, recycle, sell, store, toss, or give away items?
- Make a list of what you are willing to get rid of and what you are not willing to get rid of.
- Start small with your goals to prevent getting overwhelmed with the task.
- Do not be afraid or feel guilty about getting rid of items. If you have not used an item in the past year or two, chances are you may not ever use it. You may be happier Getting rid of items once you have freed up space in your home.
- Ask other for help. You may find that the person helping you has use for the items that you no longer need.
Step Two: Rearrange furniture to make a small space look larger.
Furniture can make or break room decor in any room.
When you are working with limited space, this can be even more true.
How to use furniture to make your room appear larger.
- Choose furniture that is small or scaled to your space. When furniture is large, it can make a small space feel cramped and cluttered.
- Arrange furniture in a way that creates a sense of flow and so that folks are not bumping into pieces in your room.
- Avoid placing furniture in front of windows, doorways or other walkways.
- Stick to loveseats instead of large sofas. It is a rare occasion when more than two adults would sit on any sofa anyway.
- Arrange you away from the walls to create the illusion of more space.
- Choose furniture that is multi-functional such as a footrest with storage.
- Use minimal if any pillows on your couches to make your couches look larger.
- End tables with storage can help keep your clutter down.
- Use furniture with casters which can help when you need to move furniture around to create different configurations as needed.
- Keep the amount of furniture in your room to a minimum.
- Use furniture with a low profile rather than a tall profile in order to help to create the illusion of more space.
- When purchasing new furniture, buy multifunctional furniture that can serve multiple purposes, such as a coffee table that also has storage space or a bed that converts into a sofa.
- Use furniture with rounded edges to take up less space.
- Choose furniture with clean lines rather than sharp angles and bulky lines.
- Instead of a basic couch, look for alternatives with pieces that can be moved as needed.
- Select furniture that can transform for another use such as a hideaway bed.
- A small round table takes up less space than a larger dinner table.
- Use fewer chairs around your table to create space.
- Find non furniture items that can be used as furniture such as a large window ledge that can be used for seating.
- Keep the accessories on your furniture to a minimum.
- Stick to lighter wood with your furniture to make it look larger.
- Glass tables: Glass tables are a great way to add light and airiness to a space. They also make the space feel larger by allowing you to see through them.
Step three: How to use color and lighting to make a room look larger.
It could take just a simple paint job or floor update to make a space look larger. Color can make a difference in making a room look larger.
- Use light colors. Light colors reflect light, making a space feel larger and brighter.
- Avoid dark colors as they absorb light which can make any space feel smaller.
- Use lighting in your home strategically. Stick to bright lights and natural light if possible.
- Paint your walls a bright color and avoid anything, such as wallpaper border, that can break up the room.
- Use light-colored rugs and flooring rather than dark.
- Using a consistent color palette throughout the room can create a sense of flow which will make the room appear larger.
Step Four Organization the contents of your room.
When you are limited with space but, are also need a lot of items, organization can help.
Organizing what you have can also reduce the clutter.
Tips for organizing what you have in your small space.
- Think vertical with your storage creation. You can do this using shelves or nooks that reach as tall as possible.
- Be creative by installing shelves in unusual places. For example, installing shelves above doorways, above windows, or on a closet wall.
- Use a pegboard or a board with hooks attached to it to organize jewelry, scarves, kitchen items or even items for pets.
- Be creative with unusual spots such as creating a small reading nook by a window.
- Paint a ladder and then use it to hold items such as through blankets, clothing, or towels.
- Create a wall-mounted desk that can close using with a simple shelf, hinges and brackets.
- Use clear storage containers for items that can be neatly stored in it.
- Do not forget about over the door organizers, closet hanging organizers, or under the bed organizers that can store things.
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Step 5: How to make specific places or rooms look larger.
20 ways to make a camper or RV look larger .
Your home on wheels can sometimes feel cramped. You can however, make this space feel larger.
Tips for making a camper or RV look larger.
- Paint the exterior a light color. A light-colored exterior will reflect light and make your camper or RV look larger
- Install a Murphy bed. A Murphy bed is a great way to save space in a small camper or RV. When you're not using the bed, it can be folded up and stored away, giving you more space to move around.
- Add skylights.Skylights will let in even more natural light and make your camper or RV feel even more spacious.
- Choose furniture with built-in storage. Furniture with built-in storage is a great way to save space in a small camper or RV. This type of furniture will allow you to store items without taking up any additional space.
- Install larger windows. Larger windows will let in more natural light and make your camper or RV feel more open and airy
- Store food in airtight containers rather than leaving it out on a counter/whatever.
- Use light-colored flooring reflects light which will make your camper or RV feel larger.
- Add area rugs to define space by creating the illusion of more space.
- Install a towel rack, hooks, or shelves to help keep things organized.
- Mirrors can be used to create the illusion of space in a small camper or RV when you place the mirrors on opposite walls.
- Store items that you will not need until you reach your destination under or on top of your vehicle.
- Use soft, neutral colors throughout the camper which will make your camper or RV feel larger.
- Keep the kitchen clean and organized and keep countertops and tables clear of clutter.
- Get creative with additional storage locations such as using a car that you may be towing or adding storage above your camper.
- Avoid using too many patterns or textures. Too much visual noise can make a space feel cluttered.
- Keep the walls free of clutter. Hang artwork or mirrors on empty walls to help to create the illusion of more space.
- If you must have curtains or blinds, choose light-colored, sheer fabrics that will allow natural light to filter in while still providing privacy.
- Consider investing in an air bed that can be easily stored when not in use.
How to decorate an apartment or small home to look larger.
Once you have decluttered and organized, you can think about simple decorating tricks to make your home feel and look larger. This can be done without spending a lot of money too.
- Keep your hallways organized as unobstructed walkways can make them feel larger.
- Create zones in a room that used for different purpose or open spaces by using rugs, furniture, and other décor to define different areas.
- Place your mirrors where they can reflect light to make a room appear larger.
- Select light fixtures that are proportional to the size of the room light fixas oversized fixtures and lamps can make a room feel smaller.
- Create a gallery wall with framed prints and photographs that are vertical to make a room feel taller and more airy.
- Hang single artwork at eye level to make your space feel taller.
- Use window treatments that are proportional to the size of the window. Large or oversized window treatments can make a room feel smaller.
- Create a mini herb garden on your windowsill using mason jars so that it will draw the eye to your window.
- Use a tiered plant stand to display small items or plants.
- Make use of sheer curtains or blinds during the day to allow natural light to enter the room, which will make the room appear larger.
How to make a small bathroom look larger
I do not think that I know of anyone who enjoys a small bathroom. This is especially true when there is time to be spent showering or bathing in that bathroom.
Make your bathroom seem larger than it is.
- Use light, neutral colors to paint your walls and use light flooring to create an airy and open feeling.
- Add a larger mirror to an open area such as the back of a door to create the illusion of a larger space.
- A cohesive color scheme, such as towels and rugs, can create a sense of unity and openness.
- Pedestal sinks and wall mounted sinks can create more floor space for a minimalist look.
- Curtains and blinds should be in a light color to keep the space feeling open and bright.
- Storage spaces can be wall mounted, cubbies, or door hanging solutions to free up floor space and maximize storage.
- Light fixture with a high ceiling mount will draw the eye up and create the illusion of a taller ceiling.
- A narrow shelf above a sink can create extra storage space without taking up a lot of room.
- Corner showers, recessed medicine cabinets, wall mounted towel racks will maximize space and create a modern look.
- Storage space in the shower can be created using a built in shelf for shower essentials.
How to make a kitchen look larger.
A small kitchen can make creating meals or eating difficult. The key to making a small kitchen work is to be organized.
How to make a kitchen seem larger and organized.
- Stick to light or neutral colors, that are also in a cohesive color scheme, for the walls, cabinets, and countertops which will create an airy feel to the room.
- Reflective surfaces, such as stainless steel, can reflect light to create the illusion of a larger space.
- Use open shelving or glass front cabinets can create the illusion of more space.
- For your workspace, use a small kitchen island or rolling cart that has additional storage.
- In an open space concept, you can use a large area rug to define the space and create the illusion of a larger room.
- Creative lighting, such as under cabinets or in the ceiling, to create the illusion of a larger space.
- A hanging pot rack is a great way to show off pots and pans while to freeing up cabinet and countertop space.
- As far as a kitchen table and chairs go, choose furniture with a low profile and small to create a sense of spaciousness.
- A a farmhouse style single basin sink to create more counter space.
- When preparing a large meal or entertaining, use a folding table or drop leaf table to create extra counter space as needed.
- For spices, install a wall mounted spice rack to free up cabinet and counter space.
- Lastly, select small appliances, such as a toaster oven, mixer or microwave, to make more space on your counter.
Make a small bedroom feel larger.
Bedrooms are often smaller these days in order to make other spaces larger.
However, bedrooms can be rooms where we spend a lot of time in.
How to make a bedroom look larger.
- Use light, neutral colors in a color scheme on walls, windows, and bedding to create an airy feel.
- Choosing furniture with slim legs can create a sense of openness and make the room feel larger as a result.
- Use mirrors that are well placed in order to reflect light and make the space appear larger.
- Installing mounted wall shelves can maximize vertical storage space and also keep surfaces clutter free.
- Use a bed that is proportionate to the room and that you can easily get around to make.
- Area rugs cam both anchor a space and define different areas.
- Stick to furniture that is appropriately scaled for the bedroom.
- Use simple window treatments and keep the windows unobstructed to let in natural light which can make a room feel larger.
- Use your underbed area for storage.
- Create a gallery wall on a large open space can add interest while drawing the eye up.
- Hanging curtains higher than the window frame can create the illusion of a larger window and taller ceiling.
- Invest in matching storage baskets and see through boxes to keep items organized and out of sight.
How to make a dorm room feel larger.
Certainly, there are restrictions to what you can and cannot do to a dorm room.
But, the good news is that you can work with the space to make it feel larger.
How to make your dorm room feel larger.
- Be organized plan things out early and before you get busy with school work and activities.
- Use bright colors on your walls and bedding to create an airy feel.
- Use mirrors to reflect light from the window to make the space appear larger.
- If you can bring your own furniture, bring furniture that can double as storage- such as a storage ottoman.
- Keep your clothing seasonal if possible if you live in a location that has seasons and you are able to keep belongings at home.
- Think vertical when installing shelves to maximize storage space.
- Use rugs to define different areas.
- Decorate your space by hanging curtains, that you can pull back, around your bed to create a cozy nook.
- Use a room divider, such as a folding screen, if you need to to create separate areas.
- Keep your window unobstructed to let in natural light.
- Use clear and stackable storage containers to maximize space in your closet and under your bed.
- Be creative with your space by using dual purpose items such as pillows or foot rests with storage.
In Case You Missed Something.
- How to make a small room look larger.
- Frequently asked questions about small spaces.
- How to get started redecorating or reorganizing a room.
- Step One: Decluttering a small space.
- Step Two: Rearrange furniture to make a small space look larger.
- Step three: How to use color and lighting to make a room look larger.
- Step Four Organization the contents of your room.
- Step 5: How to make specific places or rooms look larger.
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