There are a number of reasons why you may be trying to make a studio apartment feel larger. You may be trying to sell your apartment, and making it feel larger can help it sell. Or you may be tired of feeling like you live in a tight, cramped space. While you can't physically add any space to the apartment, there are a few ways that you can trick the eye into making the space feel larger. Here are a four different ways you can make your studio apartment look and feel larger.
Use Light Colors in the Space
One of the best ways to make a small space seem larger is to use light colors in the space. This includes wall paint, large pieces of furniture, flooring and curtains or window coverings. Dark colors are slimming. They trick the eye into making things seem smaller or more closed in than they are. Using light colors helps make a space seem brighter, adds more light and creates the illusion of more space. If you are a fan of dark colors, consider bringing them into your space with your accent pieces, such as throw pillows or dishes.
Consider Clear Furniture
Another way to make a small space feel larger is to use clear or transparent furniture. Clear furniture is typically made from a plastic acrylic. You can select a coffee table, end table or even dining room table and chairs made from this material. Because the eye sees right through the furniture, it doesn't look like the furniture is taking up space in your room. However, you still have all the functionality you would expect in one of these furniture pieces. Clear furniture can be a win-win in small, tight spaces where traditional pieces would make the space feel cluttered or overwhelmed.
Bring in Mirrors
Hanging a large mirror on a wall in a small studio apartment can instantly trick the eye into thinking the space is much bigger. This is because the mirror reflects the space in the room. So when you enter the space and look in the mirror, or even catch a glimpse of it out of the corner of your eye, your eye sees much more space than is actually there. Another positive is that mirrors reflect light and lightening up a space can also make it seem larger. When selecting a mirror, keep this tip in mind. A horizontal mirror will widen a room, while a mirror that is taller than it is wide will elongate a room. If your room has low ceilings, consider elongating it. If the room is narrow, consider creating the illusion of a wider room. Instead of a piece of artwork on your wall, add in a mirror to give the illusion of more space.
The last way to make a studio apartment look and feel larger is to eliminate unnecessary clutter. Clutter takes up space and makes it look and feel as though you don't have enough storage. Take a day or two to declutter your cabinets, drawers and closets. Get rid of anything you don't need or use to free up space in these areas. If you find that you don't have enough space after decluttering, get creative with your storage. Consider hanging closet organizers or pieces of furniture that serve two purposes, such as storage ottomans.
When you live in a studio apartment, space may be tight. However, a small space doesn't have to feel or look tiny or cramped. Using light colors, buying clear furniture, adding mirrors and eliminating clutter are just a few of the things you can do to trick the eye into thinking there is more space.