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How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

As much as we would all love to have huge mansions, with enormous rooms, it’s not necessarily the reality for most of us, and oftentimes, the rooms in our home can end up looking even smaller than they actually are, due to some of our own decorating mistakes. Here is how you can make a small room look bigger.

Let the Light In

Natural light is a really great way to make a room look bigger, but of course, besides creating a new window, there isn’t much you can do if there isn’t much natural light. That said, artificial light is the next best thing and if you invest in some good G9 LED bulbs, add more lamps, and reassess the light fixtures to ensure you are getting the most amount of light for the space, you will notice things really start to open up.

Declutter

Having too much stuff in a room can really make it feel closed in and small. You can go the KonMari method and get rid of anything that doesn’t spark joy, or you can get creative with storage solutions to really make the most of the space that you do have, and hide any mess and clutter away, seamlessly.

Think of Your Colours

Although dark colours and dark wood can create a really cosy feel in large spaces, if it’s not used right in a smaller space, you will notice that it’s starting to feel cramped and a little claustrophobic. Opt for lighter colours to open up the space and make it feel airy, but don’t feel as though you have to stick with white or grey – look for a soft blue or green to keep some personality while adding space. When it comes to the colour of your furniture or your accessories, stick to small prints or plain colours. If you keep things in a unified pallet, it can expand a room visually.

Use Glass

If you are able to use glass for things like tabletops, you will notice that it gives the illusion of having more space. Another example of this is using a clear frameless shower enclosure, rather than a frosted version, which will allow you to feel as though there is more room in the space. Another way in which glass is fantastic is if it is in the form of a mirror. A large mirror on the wall can open out the space and make it look so much larger, as well as providing more reflected light and a practical piece of decor too.

As you can see, you don’t need an extension to make a room seem larger, just a few subtle changes in decor and accessories along with a few tricks of the eye can make the world of difference to a cramped room. So until we can afford that enormous mansion, these tricks and tips will have to do.

Maximising Our Space

As regular readers will know, our current situation is this: expecting a baby – live in a small house – can’t afford to move. What this means is that we’re trying to be clever about how we adjust our living environment, by maximising space and increasing our storage options. The main space we’ve been focussing on is the bedrooms, with new wardrobes for all of us, but we’ve decided to go a step further in Sausage’s room.

At the moment, she’s got a mid-sleeper bed, with a tent around the bottom, which is basically just used for shoving toys under when she’s not playing with them, and it kind of seems like wasted space. We’re thinking about replacing her bed with this mid sleeper bed:

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It’s another mid-sleeper, so she’d still have the height that she likes, but the space underneath has been so cleverly utilised that Sausage would gain so much more than just a bed. She owns a massive amount of books, which she’d be able to store on the shelves, and the drawers underneath would no doubt help with the huge amount of paints, pencils and other craft supplies that she has.

The bed also has a built-in desk, which would be really handy for homework, as well as the huge amount of time that she spends drawing, and the nest part about it is that it slides away, under the desk, when it’s not in use, which would help us to save even more space.

Modular furniture like this is so practical when you have small or difficult spaces to live in and furnish, so it’s a real breath of fresh air to see furniture designed with this in mind, affording both practicality and great looking pieces which any five year old girl is sure to love. Take a look at the rest of their furniture online at Clever Clicker.

 

Macrophotography.

Thanks to the lovely Jay, Sundays have become synonymous with photography for much of the blogging community and I just wanted to write a post with both words and pictures about how I feel about it all. I’m the first to admit that I’m not very good at photography, but I love my camera and I enjoy snapping away, trying to improve my (lack of) skills. One of my favourite settings on my camera is the macro. I don’t know if it harks back to when I was a kid and I got bought a microscope, but I have a fascination with seeing the minute, almost cellular detail on small things. Also, I have absolutely terrible eyesight, relying on very thick glasses or contact lenses at all times, so maybe being able to see fine detail is like a little luxury to me.

Anyway, I was hanging the washing out earlier and this little dude landed on my vest….

I love the way some insects have markings that look like a face! Sure, it’s not David Bailey stuff, but I was proud of the shot, I had to get my head between the lines in the washing line to get it and I think it was worth it. I was going to save it and use it for next weeks Silent Sunday, but we’ve got Sausage’s birthday next Saturday and I’m almost certain that’s going to give me more than enough Silent Sunday material, so I thought I’d get it in early!

If any of you have any awesome photography hints or tips for me, I’d love to hear them. I was on the verge of buying an expensive DSLR but was advised by lots of people to improve my photography with my compact before spending a ton on new equipment. So, along with my blogging, working, parenting, wifeing, degreeing and, you know, having time to breathe in and out, I plan to get better with my camera. Oh, and I’m thinking about taking a cake decorating course too, but that’s another post for another day.