I love old houses, there’s just something so enchanting about living in a home with a history rather than a new construction. Of course, there can be disadvantages to buying or renting an older home. There’s more maintenance involved, and always little surprises waiting around the corner like lead paint or asbestos. Handiman issues aside, the space we’ve grown so accustomed to can be hard to come by in this old fashioned homes. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of older homes out there that have no shortage of space, but for every one there are a handful of colonials, cape cods, and ranches that are a little on the small side.
Over the past few decades, our tastes in home interiors have changed. We’re used to seeing great rooms, open floor plans, and master suites. Our ideal kitchens have ample counter space and lighting, and large pantries. If your home doesn’t provide the square footage to accommodate these features, you can still make the most of what you have. There are plenty of tricks to making a room appear larger than it actually is.
Light & Bright Color
Color section is, as always, a key factor to consider. When selecting a wall color for the room in question, lean towards light colors and cool colors. Light colors like white and cream will reflect light inside the room, while cool colors will make the walls appear to expand. Both of these techniques have a visual effect making a room appear larger. Go one step further by painting the trim a lighter color than the walls which can make the walls appear farther away than they are.
Additionally, as you plan the color scheme for your room, consider monochromatic. The colors in these schemes will typically work best in a small room. Contrasting colors may create more visual noise within the space, making it feel more closed in.
Your available space should be at the forefront of your mind when choosing furniture. Couches and chairs with simple, slender lines are suitable for smaller spaces and low ceilings. In this living room, a modern sofa takes up minimal visual space but also provides plenty of style.
Multi-purpose pieces and concealed storage options should also be used when possible to keep clutter and furniture to a minimum. Don’t be afraid to break up the cookie cutter idea of a living room. If the footage and layout of your living room doesn’t allow for end tables, try using one console table instead.
Sometimes More Is More
The half bath can be one of the hardest spaces to decorate feeling its too crowded, or conversely, too bland. Sometimes we have to get a little more creative in these rooms, finding ways to make it “ours” in unexpected ways. This small bathroom wasn’t held back by its size. Picked appropriately to fit the tiny area, a pedestal sink and stainless steel shelf take up minimal square footage while the wall paper adds color and character to the half bath.
Creative Mirror Placement
Large windows allow for plenty of natural light to open up interior spaces, but sometimes these architectural detail our outside of our immediate control. Mirrors are a great solution to this problem. When hung in the right places, they can reflect the light within a small room while creating the illusion of more depth and space. In this dining room, a mirror has been hung in such a way that the room appears to continue into the wall. This method can also be used on a smaller scale, hanging mirrors shaped like window panes.
Hang Chandeliers Closer To The Ceiling
If you’re worried that your ceilings are too low to hang a chandelier in the dining room, fear not! Simply hang the fixture a bit higher than you normally would. There is almost always a loophole!
This was written by Domestic Design expert, Adrienne Breedlove. Be sure to visit her on her blog, ScribblyDoodles.com