Many of us live in properties that are smaller than we would like, which is why it’s important to know the tricks to making any space appear larger.
From well-placed mirrors to darker floors, there are small updates that instantly make any room feel more spacious.
London-based model and businesswoman Caprice Bourret, founder of interiors brand By Caprice Home, exclusively shared her eight top tips with FEMAIL.
“Anyone looking to renovate should follow these simple tricks and think wisely about their space for a finished result that you can use and actually live in,” Caprice said.
‘It is important that you enjoy a space, otherwise it is completely beyond the purpose!’
Caprice suggested replacing heavy curtains with light and airy fabrics and paying close attention to how the flooring is laid to create the illusion of space…
1. Hang mirrors near natural light
Catch the light: Place a large mirror—or several small ones—near a natural light source to direct light into the room, making it appear larger and less cramped
Don’t underestimate the power of lighting and mirrors. They can transform any space and make the biggest difference to the overall look.
If your room can’t accommodate it, replace each large piece of art with several small mirrors or one larger mirror.
Add an effect by positioning artificial lights reflecting off the mirror to create the illusion of more space.
Mirrors are also extremely effective around natural light, as the reflection can instantly expand the perimeter of a room. Therefore, mirrors near windows and doors are a must, and avoiding dark spots.
2. Save space with floating shelves
Clear the shelves: When it comes to storage, make the most of the space by considering floating shelves like the one above (pictured) or built-in storage that can be neatly tucked away
3. Measure existing furniture and test it on the street
Not measuring the space for furniture can be the biggest mistake and regret.
We all seem to get stuck on a piece of furniture and make an impulse purchase without thinking about how it really fits into the space.
To avoid furniture looking cramped or blocking a door, you need to work out your measurements and be realistic about your options.
Test some or your existing furniture in different places in the room, leave it there for a few days and then see how it makes you feel.
Start tidying up, then spend time planning your space. Every small room shouldn’t have clutter or lots of ornaments, and your room should feel open, elegant, tidy, and organized.
Make an integrated storage solution or a hidden solution behind furniture or a floating shelf to place anything you want to store or display.
As a general rule, you should avoid any storage that takes up floor space or it will only make your room look smaller, such as a bedroom. B. an ottoman.
4. Drop the heavy curtains
Thick, heavy curtains simply make your room appear closed and dark as they weigh down the space and absorb natural light.
Opt for light or transparent materials to enhance the space.
This will also help frame windows/windows and allow more natural light to shine through.
Softer and lighter materials also tuck better behind other furniture and are much more versatile.
A soft vertical pattern can also help add height to a room. Heavier curtains are more suitable for larger rooms as the space can accommodate them.
Light and Airy: Replace your heavy curtains with light, airy ones (as seen above) to create a lightness that opens up the room. It also returns physical space occupied at the base
5. Choose furniture with visible legs
Avoid unnecessary furniture with chunky designs by opting for pieces with exposed legs as they are more streamlined which can make all the difference.
By restricting bulky furniture, the room subconsciously seems more spacious and less cramped. Sofa and chair legs are particularly bulky and can overwhelm the space.
You will be surprised what furniture you can fit into the room if you follow this simple design rule.
Multifunctional furniture that doubles as storage can also be amazing for smaller spaces.
5. Pick a small wall and get creative with patterns
Go big! Add color to even the smallest space by choosing a wall to cover with a pattern as shown above. This will give your space a focal point and make the eye feel bigger than it is
If minimal is your thing, then great, but just because you’re dressing a limited space doesn’t mean you should avoid all patterns.
When you’re feeling creative, you don’t have to play it safe and think that everything has to be easy. You just have to find the right balance.
It’s a good idea to choose the smallest wall to pattern and make sure the pattern is centered and not cut off on one side. This will give your space a focal point and make the eye feel bigger than it is.
7. Flooring to fool the eye
Draw the eye up: Contrary to what you might think, adding a dark floor to a small space (as seen above) will help draw the eye to the lighter walls and create a more open feel
Small rooms that don’t get much light appear larger with darker floors. It is best to avoid light-colored floors as they have the opposite effect.
You may be afraid of using a dark floor in a small space and think that a light floor would be better, but that’s not true.
Home Decor Expert: Caprice shared her top tips
Dark floors should instead be embraced in small spaces with light and airy colors and fabrics on the walls and textiles. There’s more wall space than floor space, so this should be your focal point for lighter shades.
The eye is then drawn to the contract and combination, giving the impression of a larger space.
If you choose wood or laminate floors, lay the planks towards the main light source. Use planks with a beveled edge for definition.
8. Draw the eye with pillows
Choose pillows to draw attention. Clever use of pillows can give the illusion of extra space. Layers can add depth and allure, which is just what you need in a small space to detract from the grandeur of the room.
Pillows should include one of your “smart design decisions”. And mix and match with a rug or other accessories in key places to balance the space. These well-placed items can draw attention to this area.
Additionally, it’s a great way to incorporate textures and patterns to give your space some identity.
Caprice Bourret is Founder and CEO of By Caprice Home with major stockists including www.jdwilliams.co.uk, www.very.co.uk and www.next.co.uk.