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Now more than ever we are picking holes in our homes and the way we have decked them out. Lockdown and the limbo phase Brits are in at the moment have meant bedrooms are doubling up as offices and spaces to get some peace.
It’s hard to get to sleep at night when you’ve been working from home or chilling out in your bedroom all day.
This can make your cosy room feel tiny and encourage feelings of claustrophobia.
There’s not much worse than feeling on edge and cramped in your own bedroom.
Your bedroom should feel like a peaceful sanctuary, but if you have lots of ‘things’ it can quickly become chaotic.
We’d all love to have a huge hotel-esque bedroom but sadly not everyone has the space.
Fear not, Express.co.uk chatted to Director of Untangled Consulting Ltd and Professional Organiser Samantha Hofer to find out how to make your room look bigger.
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How to make your room look bigger
Clear the decks
Samantha said: “Reduce visual chaos by decluttering your belongings, keeping only what you love, need and use.
“If you absolutely need it in the room, find a home for it out of sight.
“Consider replacing some open shelving with a dresser or closed storage solution.
“This is really important in the bedroom, where a clear space allows for a clear mind (and a better night’s sleep).”
A splash of colour
Most of us reach for white paint and furniture when it comes to decorating a smaller room, and that’s probably a good thing.
Samantha said: “Where space is compact, use colour sparingly and tactically.
“Use light, neutral shades throughout the room to make it feel larger, with the introduction of just one accent colour, such as a bright fabric headboard or bright decorative accessories.
“This also gives your room personality and warmth.
“Hang up a mirror or two, not only is it useful, it gives the illusion of space.”
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Maximise your space
You’ve got to be clever with how you store your belongings.
Samantha advised: “Where possible, hang furniture and accessories on the wall, such as bedside lamps or a wall-mounted shelf.
“This will increase the sense of space and provide an uncluttered feel.
“The more free floor space available, the more spacious the feel of the room.
“Consider bespoke storage solutions, especially in awkward spaces.
“Whilst it may seem a good idea to use every millimetre of available space, it’s important you strike the right balance.
“Reflect on the use of open shelves versus closed storage spaces carefully.
“Too much of either solution in a single area can make a small space feel oppressive and cluttered.
“Sliding wardrobe doors will take up less space in the room than hinged ones.”
Let the light flow
If your room is small you might shun the use of lighting to save space, but you’re missing a trick!
Samantha said: “Use lighting to add a feeling of depth to a small room.
“Strategically place lamps and wall lights to add focus on a particular feature or to add layers of light to different parts of the space.
“Think prudently about your window dressings as something too fussy can make a room feel cramped.
“Curtains take up space and can be bulky, so consider alternatives such as roman blinds, rollers or shutters.
“When installing blinds, affix them as high as possible so they maximise the natural light coming through the window when open.”
Make your furniture work harder, choosing pieces that will serve multiple purposes.
Samantha explained: “An ottoman doesn’t only have to serve as a seat, it can be used as a coffee table or end of bed storage unit.
“Why not use the space underneath the bed for storage? Mechanical lift-up beds are great for storing seasonal items, luggage and so on.
“The right storage solutions make the difference.”
Don’t get trigger happy when ordering furniture, even if there are some gorgeous pieces that you think you MUST have.
Think carefully, since oversized furnishings can make a space look smaller.
Samantha said: “Consider reducing the dimensions of some items.
“Replacing a king-size bed with a double for example or, swapping your oversized corner sofa with a two-seater sofa, raised on legs will allow for a greater sense of space.”
Remember, with a small room LESS is MORE.
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