Make Your Space Feel Larger

SOCCO’s Tips to Help Make Your Space Feel Larger

Sometimes the space you have is limited, but that doesn’t mean it needs to feel cramped. Follow some of our tips to visually open up your space and make even the smallest room feel airy and light. 

TIP Nº1

MIRRORS

Using mirrors in your space will help create the illusion of a larger space, and reflect more light into the room to make it feel brighter. The additional light will lessen the shadows that tend to creep into corners and tight spaces, which lead to that cramped feeling we are trying to avoid. Choose a large wall mirror to save on floor space, or use an oversized leaning mirror to add more visual interest (and only lose a fraction of floor space, anyway!). You can also add mirrored elements into your decor in more unique ways, such as placing a mirrored tray on your coffee or side tables. 

Tip nº2

LONG CURTAINS

Floor to ceiling curtains can help to emphasize the height of a space. Instead of hanging the curtain rod at the top edge of the window, consider placing it as high as possible to allow the curtain to cover the entire wall and then let it drape all the way down to the floor. This small change will trick your eyes into seeing more height than is actually there. For the material you want something light both in colour and weight, otherwise you risk it feeling heavy and cancelling out the great effects we listed above. Solid colours are the best option, but if you prefer a pattern then opt for vertical designs rather than horizontal in order to further accentuate height over width.

Tip nº3

DECLUTTERING

While maximalism is making a strong comeback, it is easy to overpopulate your area with unnecessary things that simply make the space feel cramped. There can be a few solutions for this if you are a person who acquires clutter easily (if this doesn’t sound like you, we would love to hear your secrets!). Whether it’s finally doing a collection purge and removing things that no longer serve you, or simply finding storage solutions that work for your space to keep the clutter hidden from view. This tip can apply to furniture as much as it does to smaller, decorative items - multiple pieces of small furniture can be replaced by larger pieces. Using larger pieces will seem counterintuitive, but keeping them simple, and far between removes the cluttered feeling and introduces solid blocks of colour, which will open the space up visually. With furniture in mind, opt for keeping them against walls, spaced apart from each other, and out of walking spaces. 

Tip nº4

LIGHT, BREEZY FABRICS

As mentioned for curtains, keeping your fabrics and materials light in weight and colour will prevent the room from feeling heavy. Fabrics with too much weight will block light from coming in and, generally, the more opaque the fabric the thicker it is, which only adds to the heaviness. A great example of a lightweight material is linen, which is also a wonderfully durable and natural choice. Airy and not fully opaque, linen drapes beautifully with a naturally wrinkled look to give the space that cozy, “lived-in” feeling. Opt for lighter colours where you can, and for any larger pieces that are not acting as a primary accent piece in the room.

Tip nº5

LIGHT, NEUTRAL COLOUR SCHEMES

One of the more well known pieces of decor advice for opening up a room is that using a dark colour scheme is sure to make your small room feel even smaller. Additionally, using too many contrasting colours will be too stimulating and overwhelm the eyes, in effect making the space feel just as cluttered as having too many actual items can. To combat this we suggest sticking to a small colour palette of light, neutral colours. Keep your wall colours light, using the same shade for both the walls and ceiling to blur the lines and trick your eyes into feeling as if the room goes on forever upwards. If you love colour you can still add pops here and there, but we suggest keeping it limited and purposeful. You can do this for specific decor items or prints that you want to show off against a neutral background.