Decorating a compact room can be tricky. Whether it’s a living area, bathroom, bedroom or kitchen, chances are you’re always wishing for that extra space. Although we can’t magically add more floor space to your home, we can ask our interior experts for their 5 top tips on creating the illusion of more space in a compact room.
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Get Organised

 
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Clearing out the clutter is the starting point for any small room renovation. We know it’s not as easy as putting things ‘away’ but having too much stuff in a small space can make it feel even more cramped. Go through the space and get rid of anything that doesn’t need to be there. If you’re struggling to throw things out, now is the time to assess the storage options in the room. Could open shelves be upgraded to a storage unit with doors? Multi-use storage solutions such as ottomans are ideal for small spaces, giving you the benefit of storage space while also providing valuable seating. We love this beautiful Elveden storage bench by Gallery Direct, ideal for bedrooms and living areas.
 

 Lighten Up

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Colour is incredibly important when creating the illusion of space. Dark, warm colours are a no-go for compact rooms as they create a sense of cosiness and intimacy. To make a space seem more open and bright, opt for lighter colours such as whites, greys and pale blues and greens. The same goes for the soft furnishings in the room, choose light colours in the same family as the wall colour, this will create a textured effect that will give the space a more open look. The neutral tones in this stunning Asiatic Carpets Cosmos Rug are ideal for small rooms, especially when paired with other shades of grey throughout your upholstery.
 

 Mirror, Mirror....

 
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Mirrors are the ultimate tricksters when it comes to creating more space in a room. Place a large mirror on the wall opposite the window (if there is one in your room) to create the illusion of the room being bigger than it is. An oversized standing mirror can also be used to do this. The mirror’s surface will reflect light around the room, giving it a brighter, more open feel. Simple and simplistic, we love the Gallery Hayle round wall mirror. The champagne ending is incredibly on-trend and looks beautiful paired with light colour schemes.
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  Size Up  

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This may seem like an odd suggestion for creating space in a compact room, but here us out! By selecting key pieces of large furniture for the room instead of having a lot of smaller pieces, you give the space a sense of order and organisation. Go for statement designs that will instantly draw the eye such as this stunning Gallery Direct Menzies Boho coffee table. This commanding design is ideal for compact spaces
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 Keep things light and airy

 
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One of the most common mistakes that we see people make in compact interiors is adding bulky fabrics to the space. When you’re creating the illusion of space you need to stick to light fabrics that allow as much light to pass through as possible. Sheer curtain panels are ideal for small rooms, paired with wooden blinds to keep the sunlight out, creating a modern looking feature for the room. Soft furnishings should be plain. Avoid any busy patterns or bold prints and stick to neutral hues where possible. We love the Gallery Direct Moss Stitch Melange Throws for living spaces and bedrooms, they’re soft, light and perfect for adding texture to your space.

 

Open up your space and create a stylish compact room that’s perfectly prepared for anything with the home furnishings range at Olivia’s. For more expert tips and advice, get in touch with a member of the team today.

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