I'm often asked to help my Mahwah clients with their smaller spaces. Maybe one small room in a house just isn't functioning well, or perhaps you've downsized and your previous furnishings just aren't working in the rooms of your new home. Here are a few things that will help.
First, Remove the Clutter – and make sure it stays that way. Lots of "stuff" can make a large room feel messy and unorganized, and will have an even bigger effect on a small room. Only keep visible things which you truly love.
Be more effective by coming up with solutions for your clutter. If it’s paperwork that piles up, purchase a small file cabinet and place it in the closet. Keep pet and kids’ toys tucked away in wicker baskets and try clear plastic shoeboxes for craft supplies and other odds and ends.
Go for Light Hues – Soft tones can make small rooms feel larger, so aim for a light color scheme such as pale blues and greens. From the paint on the wall to the area rugs to the fabrics on the upholstered furniture and window treatments, go light and the room will feel brighter instantly. Also make sure to keep the tones consistent, which will give the room harmony.
Let there be Light – Light and height are surefire ways to make your room appear larger and more open. Avoid heavy draperies that cover your glass. Opt instead for simple roman shades mounted well above the windows to maximize the sunlight and to draw the eye higher. Also try a brighter lamp that will give the room an even tone; preferably a tall one that will deliver the light on a higher level.
Use Multi-Purpose Furniture – Less furniture is better in a small space, so let the furnishings you choose be worthwhile. For example, a small bench can have storage underneath for books and magazines, while a bed can have a built-in trundle for clothes and blankets. Keep your furniture pieces smaller in scale, as a well-proportioned room looks comfortable and inviting. Open back shelving can help keep a space looking expansive.
Hang Mirrors – Mirrors reflect natural and artificial light, plus add depth to any given room. Mirrored furniture can be a godsend in a smaller room, or you could simply hang a few mirrors on the walls. Keep it simple, but try hanging several of the same shaped mirrors side by a side for a dramatic effect. Even fabrics can be reflective!
Remember, in a small space, everything counts!