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When it comes to sprucing up a small space and making it feel lighter brighter and bigger, it can be difficult to know where to start, but it is more than possible to do.
So many of us live in small spaces from terraced houses to rooms in care homes, so let’s take a look at some of the best ways to spruce up those spaces and make them much more comfortable to live in.
Get rid of clutter
Obviously, no one would suggest that you get rid of all your important memories like photographs and knick-knacks from your various trips, but chances are you have a fair few possessions that are neither necessary, sentimental or really wanted. Clearing them out will free up lots of much-needed space, and you can hopefully do a good thing by donating your unwanted items to a local charity.
Lighten the walls
If you have a small room, painting the walls white and keeping them as clear of clutter as possible – a few photos are great, but try not to cover every inch of every wall – can make a huge amount of difference. Light shades of paint like white and cream are better at reflecting the light, which will stop your small space from feeling dark on dingy.
Mirrors are great for sprucing up small spaces because, not only can you get some amazingly decorative ones, but the glass will bounce light around the room, making the whole place feel brighter, and because the mirror reflects the room back, it gives the illusion of more space too.
Glass furniture can be a great addition
Glass furniture may technically take up the same amount of space as regular wooden or plastic furniture, but it won’t feel like it. Glass furniture is almost invisible, which means it appears more spacious. It can also be used to create a very sophisticated home decor. Perspex will have a similar effect although it’s not quite as good at reflecting the light, but it may be safer if you or a family member is at risk of falling and potentially crashing into the furniture.
Lots of lamps
Whether you choose an antique desk lamp or a modern floor lamp, adding an extra light source to your small space will help to make up for any lack of natural light. Most small rooms also have smallish windows, which means the space may need a little extra help to feel lighter and brighter and having a few extra lamps is a great way to achieve this.
Avoid too many patterns
Having a little pattern in your space, whether it be in the form of floral curtains or a geometric feature wall, is fine, and will certainly add a design touch to the room, but too much and it will start to look busy, overcrowded and less spacious, so, if you’re a pattern lover, be sure to strike a balance.
Sprucing up a small space can be a bigger challenge, but it is totally achievable!