Designing a room is hard work for a few reasons:
One, it can be difficult to please everyone’s design tastes.
… And two, a lot of properties are being made smaller – getting a lot from nothing is hard.
So how do you design a room to give the illusion of more space?
There Are a Few Things You Can Do When Designing a Room
Unfortunately, you cannot simply start a design without an initial plan.
Designing a room is a skill, and one that takes a long time to perfect unless you have some expert advice.
To create more space with your room design you can:
- Seriously consider your colours and decoration
- Think about the size of ornaments such as vases and plants
- Your furniture – have you purchased the right design?
There really is an endless list of questions to answer if your end goal is to create more space.
Follow this guide to help you transform your existing rooms and make them look more spacious.
#1 Design Dilemma – Paint or Paper?
If I were going to design a room, there would be a few questions that I would want some answers to:
“Is using paint better than wallpaper?”
“If I use wallpaper, should I use a specific design?”
Both very good questions in all honesty. The style and colour of paint can make a significant difference to the feel and size of your room.
Lighter colours make a room look bigger. Ask yourself a question:
If you have ever viewed a new build property, how often are the show homes decorated in dark greys, blues or even greens?
Answer? – Not very often.
The designers purposely use light colours and off-whites to make the rooms feel bigger than they actually are.
There is in fact a way that you can make your rooms feel bigger without touching the walls or floors.
Paint or even wallpaper the ceiling to grab your visitor’s eyes and drag them up. Studies have shown that height creates an illusion in our minds, making the design of a room feel larger than it actually is!
#2 Consider The Position of Furniture – There’s a Difference
As a removals company in London – we visit a lot of domestic properties each year.
In 90% of those homes, we find that the furniture is often pushed right up against walls and other items.
Attention – We have a problem!
Buzzfeed wrote a really useful article on furniture placement back in 2014. Although, a little out of date now, the points still stand.
By placing your furniture against a wall you:
- Often make spaces feel smaller and cramped
- Give the impression that you may be hiding something
Bring your furniture away from the walls. By doing so you can:
- Create the illusion of space
- Make the room feel less cramped
- Appear to be more open
- Create an airier atmosphere
Alternatively, if you don’t like the idea of moving your items around, you could install some floor to ceiling shelving units.
Not only will they grab the visitor’s attention and take them up towards the ceiling but also they are a great way to provide you with some additional storage space.
#3 The Higher The Shelving The Better
Throughout this article, we have mentioned the importance of creating height and taking the attention towards the ceiling.
… And we are going to stick with that theme.
Living in London and other major cities can be tricky, especially if you have a lot of items.
Fortunately, there is a hidden gem that many homeowners and tenants neglect.
But what is it?
… Vertical storage space!
Patricia Caldwell was a normal homeowner that relocated to a smaller property and managed to relocate all of her items without making her new home feel cramped.
She decided that she was going to design a room that maximised on the vertical storage space that was available – awesome!
Patricia fitted shelving units close to her ceiling to help “catch the eye” and draw any visitor’s attention upwards.
This has proven to be extremely successful and has since been extended throughout her new home.
Well-done Patricia! She made designing a room look easy!
#4 Avoid Block Colours and Utilise Stripes
Many homeowners that want to learn how to design a room usually end up Googling search terms such as “how to design a room” and “space saving ideas”.
Both good questions – the answer however, is much simpler.
Use stripes to:
- Create an illusion or additional space
- Make a room feel longer and wider
- Combine various design trends to give the impression of more space
Bulky solid colours can be nice, but are difficult to incorporate into a room that is small.
Solid colours make rooms:
- Feel cramped
- Look over-populated
- Look untidy
- Can change peoples mood
Stripes are a great way to avoid all of that.
Using a striped wallpaper or rug can boost an individual’s morale and help create space.
#5 Don’t Over Complicate Things – It’s Not Worth It
Over complicating a design for a room is easily done. Avoid complicating things by:
- Having a clear and precise design
- Avoid cramping a room with too much furniture
- Try to use clean and bright colours when possible
- Consider installing a feature mirror
- Only add the items that are needed in that room
Moving on to that last point on the bulleted list – it’s important to remember what each room is going to be used for.
If you have a small room that you intend on turning into an office, which items are you seriously going to need in there?
- A desk
- Storage space
- Small decorations
Our man and van London team see a lot of private offices daily, and not many of them have more than this in them.
A good rule of thumb is the following:
If it hasn’t been used in the last 6 months or you wouldn’t buy it again – get rid of it as it is taking up some valuable space for you when you design a room.