1. Keep Walls White
Painting the walls of a smaller room in a light or neutral shade immediately opens the room out and lighter colours also reflect light adding to the illusion of space. My first choice is always white; it may look a little stark at first but with some clever additions of soft furnishings you can tone down the hardness and still create that larger looking room.
2. Buy a Big Mirror
Mirrors are fantastic for creating the feel of a much more spacious room. The larger the mirror the better and placement is also important. You want the mirror to reflect the light that is coming in from the window but not to direct it back out again, so position the mirror on a wall that doesn’t directly face the window but can still catch the light. Go for a mirror that is either frameless or has a plain frame; lavish, ornate frames can make a mirror look too big for the room.
3. Choose A Creative Lampshade
The more light the better. You want light to reflect off your freshly painted walls, but you don’t want your guests blinded by searing naked bulbs or 150 watt lamps. Choose a reasonably high wattage bulb that can filter through a carefully chosen lampshade for a bright but muted effect. There are some beautiful lampshades on the market at the moment, so you’ll have plenty to choose from! The ones that are made from individual strands of natural shells or silver discs will really allow the light to refract and bounce, adding both interest and ambience to the room.
4. Find Fun-sized Furniture
Try downsizing your furniture. Keep the number of furnishings to a comfortable minimum and perhaps choose a small flat screen TV that can be wall mounted so it takes up less space. You could also choose furniture to match your colour scheme or re-paint the pieces to suit.
5. Plump for Posh Cushions
Here’s where you can have some fun. Choose some luxurious, brightly coloured cushions for the bed and perhaps add a bold coloured runner to break up the starkness. You want the room to feel comfortable and welcoming, not cold and clinical. You could also add a couple of interesting decorative pieces perhaps on the window sill or on an empty shelf to bring the room together.