Let’s talk about visual tricks and decorating tips to make your cozy living space feel bigger and more open, all while staying in budget.
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL
Have you ever walked past a mirror to see your own reflection and take notice of how it gives the impression of twice the area in the room? Hanging a wall mirror in a location full of natural light can visually expand your space as it doubles as a piece of wall art. Large mirrors in common areas can change the amount of perceived living space instantly.
If you think a small apartment requires tiny furniture, perhaps we should evaluate how the space is decorated. To increase the appearance of a room’s size, include a few average-sized pieces of functional furniture rather than lots of small accent pieces. Pictures on the wall can also add a feel of a larger space, especially pictures of natural scenery or large landscapes.
If possible, let natural light flow into a room by using minimal window treatments. Darkness makes things appear smaller, but illumination allows them to appear open and larger. If natural sunlight is limited, strategically place lights so that dark corners become brighter. Explore lighting options, including floor lamps, under cabinet lighting, wall mount lighting, track lights or whatever type of lighting is functional and a decorative addition to your apartment.
Try to follow minimalism and simplicity by selecting a few impressive accessories rather than including lots of decorative knickknacks. Utilize brass- or silver-finished items to reflect light and support the illusion of space. Less is definitely more when it comes to the perception of open and flowing while maintaining coziness.