In land scarce Singapore, two thirds of our local population resides in high-rise apartments. Most of these spaces have a floor area of between 67 ~ 110 square metres, thus making decorating within small spaces challenging to many homeowners. However, there are some tricks that you should know in order to overcome this challenging task, and thus make it easy for anyone who intends to decorate their homes. Below are some creative illusions that Singapore home renovation contractors frequently use for decorating small spaces and we’ll share these pointers here with you.

USE LIGHTING OR COMPLEMENTARY COLOURS

Avoid dark colours in rooms unless there is a professional advice to do it tastefully. Dark colours give a feeling that the room is claustrophobic on you. Small rooms need to appear larger than it actually is to make you feel comfortable, and you can best achieve this if you use light colours. They make the walls appear to recede and it creates a bright and airy feel. Consider using various shades of light blues, greens, light greys, and neutral colours.

Start by keeping your intended colour scheme to a few complementary colours. When you keep the floor, wall, and ceiling within the same family of colour, space will visually open up because they create an illusion of wide space. A room with one floor colour, another wall colour, and another ceiling colour, will appear disjointed and it can make rooms look small and weird.

GO BOLD WITH PRINTS

It’s great to experiment decorating style in small spaces. Consider using large-scale floral or graphic prints, horizontal or vertical stripes for visual appeal. Vertical stripes can create illusions that make a low ceiling seem taller while horizontal stripes can widen a small narrow room.

SCALE AND PROPORTION

Furniture needs to be just right in a small space. A large couch placed in a small area will overtake the space, while a small couch could look oddly dwarfed. You should not ignore scale and proportion and use a mix of large pieces along with smaller pieces to make the room look balanced.

AVOID CLUTTERING YOUR ROOM

If your room is crammed with furniture, it will make you feel that they are closing in on you. It will make your room smaller. To avoid this, you should avoid cluttering the room. You can accessorize your furniture but avoid cluttering. Remember, less is more.

OPEN UP YOUR SPACE

Float your furniture up in the space by moving your chairs and couch away from the wall. This creates depth in space and will make you see a fair amount of the floor. The more of the floor space you see, the larger your room will appear. Also, if possible, ground and complement your furniture with an area rug with the same colour tones as your flooring to visually open up the space. So if you have white floor tiles, consider a beige, light brown or white coloured rug.

LEVERAGE WITH LIGHTING & MIRRORS

Small rooms with poor lighting can make it look like you’re in a cave. A properly-lit room will give the room a visual breadth. Aside from proper lighting, you should also make use of mirrors. A good mirror reflects natural light and it will create an illusion of a wider and deeper space.

Mirrors work best in the foyer, living and dining areas. In these rooms, floor to ceiling mirrors are excellent for creating a visual expansion of space. Even if a mirror doesn’t take up the entire room, it can play a key part in the design, if you use a standard rectangular or square shaped mirror with an ornate design to bring something interesting to your room.

USE SIMPLE WINDOW TREATMENTS

Small rooms do not go together with complicated window treatments. You should pick window treatments that will allow light in and will frame the windows. You may choose a simpler style because it harmoniously blends with the wall.

Woven wood shades enhance the rich, dark colours in this living room, giving it a more casual yet sophisticated look. Roman shades create a soft and elegant ambiance whereas cellular shades are great for bedrooms. Consider neutral-coloured shades because they are versatile and works well with many colours in a room.

MAKE GOOD USE OF VERTICAL SPACE

Take advantage of the vertical space that the walls offer. Too often, most of us forget about the wasted space up our walls. If you run out of room for storage, utilize your walls by hanging shelves or using built-in shelves. High shelving gives you more places to put all of the things that you may have, without high shelving this vertical space would remain unused.

If you have lots of books or accessories, keep your vertical shelves from looking too cluttered by using baskets to store items you want out of eyesight. Also, try to keep items on the bookcase colour coordinated – this will reduce a cluttered look.

Bunk beds are yet another traditional example of vertical space. Bunk beds allow two people to sleep in the space that would have previously only held one. These beds eventually led to other vertical space using creations.