Choose light colours to make the room feel bigger and brighter. Conversely, dark hues absorb light making a small room look even smaller.
A monochromatic colour scheme minimises visual breaks, making a small space seem much larger. For example, paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls – or go one shade lighter – to create the effect of a vaulted ceiling and make the room seem more spacious.
Wall trims or mouldings should be in a lighter colour than the walls. A light trim makes the wall behind it recede, so it seems further away.
Painting one accent wall creates the illusion of depth and provides a focal point for a mural or other architectural feature.
Painting the insides of shelving units or windows in a different shade will create visual interest.
Create the illusion of space using various patterns. For example, horizontal stripes can make a room appear wider, whereas vertical stripes accentuate height. However, a pattern shouldn’t overwhelm your space, so use bold, large-scale patterns sparingly and beware of overly busy motifs. Instead, choose a clean, repetitive pattern with just one or two colours, and break up patterned sections with large blocks of solid, neutral colours.
Natural light makes small spaces appear bright and airy. For window coverings, install sheer curtains or light-blocking blinds, which can be lowered when needed and will also save space.
Mirrors and other shiny surfaces reflect natural light, brightening the space and making it appear larger.
As a general rule, opt for simple furniture with clean lines and a light finish.
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Instead of a bulky bed frame, install a slim wall-mounted headboard.
Keep in mind that too many small pieces of furniture can make a room feel cluttered. As long as you stick to just one or two pieces, using larger furniture can make a room look bigger.
Clutter makes small spaces appear even smaller, so you need to get creative with storage.
Rolling storage bins are ideal for storing toys or outgrown clothing. They can be tucked away under a cot or a bed.
Ottomans with hidden storage space provide extra seating.
Keep in mind that the idea is to create space – not to fill up the room. Children need space to play, so the fewer furniture items you need, the better it is in a small room where every centimetre counts.