Make a small room look larger by using light colors. Carpeting small rooms with a light color and painting walls and ceilings with light or pastel colors provides an illusion of space. Limiting patterns and clutter in a small room also can help with making a room appear larger. Natural light and artificial light can be situated for providing the maximum amount of light in a small room. Does this Spark an idea?
Carpeting Key to Room DecorCarpeting a room with a light color capreting with little to no pattern provides a low-key foundation for building the room's decor. Coordinating a color scheme of light tones or choosing a monochromatic color scheme also helps with opening up a smaller room. Light carpet with a minimum of decorative items on the floor draws the eye across the expanse of carpet. When choosing carpet for a small room, smooth texture and solid light colors work best for small rooms. Highly patterned and textured carpets require visual processing, while a light solid color carpet provides a flow between furniture and other objects in the room.
Carpeting and LightUsing natural and artificual lighting along with light solid-colored carpet draws visitors' eyes into a small room. Hang a brightly colored painting or visually interesting wall hanging in a small room. Creating a single focal point encourages visitors to look across a smaller room. Light-colored carpet enhances this effect, as it does not compete with the object situated as a focal point in a smaller room. Light carpeting can be enhanced in a small room by using glass tables that allow large expanses of carpet to be seen.
Simple DecorPainting doors and window frames a similar color to the walls and carpet in a small room reduces visual breaks in the flow of a small room's decor. Create simple but not sterile decor based on a light color pallette. Place one houseplant, lamp or decorative object in a few locations within a small room. Avoid grouping several items closely together, as they will compete with the visual flow created by the light-colored carpet and room interior. Select window treatments, furniture and accessories similar in tone to the light walls, ceiling and carpet in a small room. Using light tones throughout a small room provides visual continuity and reduces the appearance of clutter provided by dark or harshly contrasting colors and patterns.