There are many reasons for people to move into small compact dwellings, and while it may be out of necessity for many, it's a conscious choice for others. Lack of space and sky-high home prizes make it inevitable to live in limited spaces when you don't desire to move out into the suburbs.
While living in these limited space it might not be possible to have the same amount of stuff as if one was living in a big house. It is simply necessary to think small from the get-go, but there are a few techniques to make living in this spaces easier.
One space where small can be incredibly undesirable has to be the bedroom.
There are those of us who only need to hit the sack, get up the next morning and off to the races.
But when it's not all snooze; maybe you love to sit on your bed, legs crossed while you type away, or you figured a way to squeeze a desk into your closet space coz that's where to get creative, you sure as hell need more from your snug room.
So conveniently you will want to make that your bedroom feel bigger and cozier rest you feel boxed in and restricted, which will absurdly reduce your productivity.
It certainly does not mean small spaces will magically convert to bigger rooms, it only implies the general feel needs a little bit of work.
Which, if you are ready to indulge will have you satisfied by that room area you assumed can barely feel large.
So before you break out the sledgehammer and start tearing down walls, try these recommendations.
The hacks will sure transform the feel of your bedroom into a 9-hole golf course.
Well maybe that's a little overzealous, but, the hacks are worth a try
Create Spacious Illusions with Lighter Colors
Colors not only enhance looks they also influence our behavior as they have a big impact on the environment and how spacious it feels.
Color is the first thing you will notice about a room and its furnishings, creating illusions that seem to change the apparent shape, size, and features of your room
Picking distinct placement colors can emphasize certain architectural features and help them to blend into the rest of the room. Your decorating plan should be exciting and fun to work with but for the best results, prior planning is a must.
Generally darker colored objects will appear heavier and smaller, cool colors tend to recede and make objects appear shorter and smaller while warmer colors make items appear larger and closer to the viewer.
Using lighter color schemes will make a room feel bigger and more open. You don’t have to go all white; a pale yellow or light gray will have the same effect. Paint your small bedroom with a single light color and use the stronger color for accents.
When using colors of the same values and intensity, go lighter on the large spaces then use darker shades on accents.
Dont use dark, saturated or intense hues which advance on walls, ceilings or floors coz they will decrease the apparent size of rooms and objects making them appear large and ambiguous.
Use a light shade on your ceiling as well to increase the verticle area. White or light blue roofs will create a receding illusion which makes even the lowest ceiling design feel higher.
Painting the ceiling white contributes to a more open feeling, like the clouds in the sky, the limitless sensation you need to capture.
To increase the general volume of the room, use a lighter tone on the wall. However, the volume of the area will affect how color appears and the color shown on a paint chip will not necessarily show the same qualities when used in your bedroom.
Because your goal is to make the bedroom seem larger, then don’t do an accent wall. The deeper color will pull that wall toward you which will definitely work against your desire.
Finally try not to create too much contrast between the ceiling and the floor, if any. When there’s a lot of contrast between the colors on the walls and ceiling, the walls close in and the ceiling comes down. So It’s best to keep it all light.
Trick Your Eyes with Big Mirrors
Your visual sense is essential because it's used for most functions that require an understanding of spatial proportion and detail.
Vision includes the process of adjustment and the creation of spatial forms, but it also involves scanning a variety of information cues to makes successive comparisons.
Adding mirrors in your small bedroom walls will tap your visual sense and adapts your eyes to the depth of reflections which your mind will perceive not just as mare images but larger detailed spaces.
Offcourse the depths will be mare illusions which trick your eye and in turn relay the tricks to your brain.
Infact designers constantly use mirror tricks in small spaces like bathrooms to improve spaces feel without being intrusive.
Therefore, instead of a small mirror over the dresser, your background wall can be covered with a mirror, which will make the bedroom seem much bigger, and additionally brighter through the impression of increased light reflection.
These effects can also be replicated across the room with items such as mirrored closet doors.
You can further improve the real proportions of the room, taking to account that the vertical surfaces of the mirrors create effects of better room height, while the horizontal surfaces of the mirrors make the room seem lower but wider. The mirror located opposite the window effectively form brighter interiors.
Another aspect is placing mirrors in corner areas at a right angle which improves the space illusion fourfold but may create endless tunnels of reflection.
Invest in Space Saving Furniture
Furniture is an essential part of an apartment taking up about 40-50 percent of our floor space.Due to the development of smaller apartments, there is no longer enough space to hold basic standard sized furniture like a bed, a table and a couch at the same time.
With diminishing spaces the demand for smart and space-saving furniture is increasing and so is the supply.
The most obvious space-saving innovation would be your bed, ideas that make the most of the floor space beds occupy.
Consider investing in an ultimate multifunctional bed, one that not only looks cool but is packed with ingenious design features which consolidates a lot of what you need into smaller spaces.
Regular space saving bed might be a shelf; desk; or combined bed and desk, in which the desk portion is capable of being transformed into a bed. Obviously, the bed size can be varied depending on the customer’s specs.
This design helps owners to utilize the furniture efficiently and expediently, most important functionality been to increases the available space in the room as compared with when the room houses a regular bed and desk.
This is very helpful for people who live in small apartments, and it is also a good choice for small guest rooms.
You could also opt for the good old bunk beds which are designed mainly for families with more than one child. This kind of bed is usually formed from two single size beds and a ladder.
Both beds can be incorporated into a frame so that more space is made available for the children to use or play in. The ladder can easily be folded and kept on the top bed when folding the bed back into the frame.
Its also fairly easy to open the bed that children can do so by themselves.The design is a good choice for families living in apartments, and the children have a shared bedroom.
Then there are regular beds that incorporate space-saving devices mounted on the sides of bed frames, for instance, you could have a shelf or desk that can be retracted conveniently.
Stand Out with Unique Storage Solutions.
Floating shelves are ideally the obvious choice, one, coz they easily make perfect DIYs which saves cost and two there is fairly easy to install.
Floating shelves come in three main parts- wood mounting plates, metal brackets and floating shelf boards.Most floating shelves have a maximum load and depth specification, however, the depth can be tweaked according to your needs.
Around the bedroom there are a lot of places you could mount floating shelf, but with limited space, it's best to consider spaces where not a lot can be done.Ideally, top wall spaces about 12Inches below your ceiling make perfect unused space for this installations.
The area you install the shelves is not necessarily standard it all depends on your design.When using the upper part of the wall its ideal to install the shelves radially across the length of the wall.
Install a row of shelves one over the other when you need to create a focal point or add texture on your wall. Make sure the lowest shelf is high enough such that you can fit a storage basket below where need be.
Make the Best of Your Underbed
Part of the brilliant space saving furniture design is a bed with storage space affixed to the bottom of the bed.
Use this storage space to store most of the clothes that would otherwise require you to purchase a portable wardrobe, assuming you lack a permanent fixture or the space available is limited.
With bed storage items will sit compactly and out of sight to reduce the eyesore of overused cloth racks.Use your bed storage for clothes you don't use frequently like your winter clothes and beddings.
Like floating shelves, bed storage installation is fairly easy and affordable best for DIYers or when on a budget.
Versetile Headboard with Storage
Another trick up the bed space sleeve is your headboard. Most of us prefer bigger headboards but with smaller bedrooms, this comes at a huge cost, or does it?
To kill two birds with a single strike, opt for a headboard with a storage space for book, magazines and valued decor pieces.
Best aspects of headboard storage are the aesthetics value, coz you can easily use the space to store items that add flavor to the interiors.
On the top part of the headboard storage space, store your magazine, hardcover book, and decorative plants.Spice the retractable side storage with lampshades and vases for decor and store your gadgets like you would with conventional side tables.
Free Standing Rack for Your Clothes and Shoes
Most bedrooms don't have a lot of everything but clothes and shoes, definite overkill.
Simply designed racks with minimal feel are ideal for small bedrooms.They keep your clothes straight for longer and you shoes not scattered all over, and still minimal enough to keep the interiors spacious.
Placing the racks in corner areas is aesthetically prudent and is ideal to optimally use every available inch of your room.
Depeding on your interior choice you can choose to go with metallic or wooden racks.Metal racks feel cool and lighter to the eyes, ideal when there is a lot more in the same area.Wooden racks are warmer and visually heavy should look better if not so much goes around them.
The board parts of the rack where shoes sit can as well be used to store your bags and storage boxes.
About Storage Bins and Baskets
Baskets and bins come in so many different shapes and sizes and can add warmth and texture to a room while keeping things neat and tidy.These are container are also fairly easy to store, especially under shelves and racks.
Bins equally makes sorting fairly easy with color coding at your disposal and even when you have long items that cant won't fold, baskets will compactly hold these items in place.
Baskets and bins are perfect and the bombshell is the cost which is the closest you will ever get to cheap.
Create Space with Light Illusions
Light affects the visual quality of a space and the user experience in that space. Light patterns and structures influence our impressions, and consequently our actions.
Therefore, you should appreciate the uses of intensity, color tone, and other forms of spatial light.Recognize that the correct use of light structures is fundamental in satisfying some space-activity such as strengthening charm or attention and emphasizing impressions of visual clarity and spaciousness.
You can shape and modify the visual experience of room, for example, by manipulating the perceptual role of lighting – both to facilitate visual tasks and to define the visual boundaries and hierarchy of a space, area, or activity.
When using optical illusions for the visual correction of the space, a significant effect is achieved by the correct use of light stresses. Change in the brightness of some room sections according to your need can make areas feel more spacious.
Color temperature of light is an aspect that has the biggest effect on your interior and the atmosphere in the room. It not only determines how spaces look but also impacts the way you feel while inside the room which is heavily determined by the placement of warm or cold light.
The color temperature of light is displayed in Kelvins which can range from 2000K to 6500K for indoor use, the higher the color temperature, the colder the light.
Light cold colors and shiny textures visually level ceilings up. Use integrated lamps with light temperature closer to 6500K to improve the visual height of your ceiling.
You can also gain this effect by using 3-D suspended ceilings, mirror glass, or conventional shiny glossy reflective ceilings.
Evenly illuminate walls and lower corners of a room with small lamps to make your room seem wider, illuminating upper corners will make the room narrow.
Just as a lighter colored ceiling creates the sense of space, so does bright windows and ample natural light. Blinds and window cover minimize window exposure and moderate natural light, and hence blinders should be used sparingly in smaller bedrooms.
Be prudent With Your Space Layout.
One thing that won't change in your room setting it the area, not unless you still contemplating putting your sledgehammer to work.
With that in mind making better use of the floor space goes a long way to improving the functionality of your bedroom.
Placing your bed at the center of the room, for instance, will leave useable enough access room on either side of your bed. The bed will also act as the focal point which makes it's easy to apportion the remaining space precisely.
Consider converting part of your closet space into a makeshift office. Squeeze in a little desk into the closet and set an ideal size office behind your desk.
Use extension cables to power your desktop or reading light when you don't have an AC power plugs in the closet space.
Before you start arranging your small room it would be prudent to do little sketches to get an idea of how functional the setup is, make sure to mete your spaces for better precision.
Finally, when working on new spaces, try to match your furniture to the area of your room.This will reduce the hustle of trying to fit items in the room from the get-go.
Tear Down Walls and Demarcations
When it gets to the worst, call in the big boys, its time to go hammer and tongs on this walls.
I don't know about you but I like tearing down stuff, I'm a hopelessly destructive soul and thanks to the open spaces trend I get to indulge.
Although as a last resort, you can choose to remove any restrictive wall and demarcation as long as this action doesn't affect other areas of your house.
When you have a small bedroom separated from a balcony by a wall. Bringing down such walls to create expansive open spaces is sure desirable, replace such walls with sliding glass doors.
However it's better to prepare or these kinds of projects coz they can get pretty expensive, and it's definitely not a choice with rented spaces unless, of course, the lessor affirms.