When your home is small there are ways to make it look bigger to the eye, and one of the best ways to do that is to make use of your walls. These empty spaces give you the opportunity for many different creations and they can make your home feel snug and cosy rather than cramped. You can use your walls to stamp your personality on the place you now call home and be surrounded by things you have a passion for.
Decorate The Walls
Start by decorating the walls themselves. Make sure they fit in with the colour scheme you have chosen for everything else in the room. At the same time another forgotten space is your ceiling so paint that too. Usually, a lighter colour is best for ceilings but your walls can be as bold or neutral as you want.
Some people go for really dark colours for a wall as they realise it will be just a background for many other things. If you want a deep red, purple, blue or even black be brave enough to go with it.
Large Pieces Of Art
A large piece of art will grab the attention of whoever comes into the room rather than its size being the focus. Add some beading a few inches away from the frame and paint it the same colour as the walls. This will make the wall look less flat, and the picture will look as though it was meant to fill the space.
You can exaggerate the size of a picture by placing them in thin frames with large borders, so the piece of art itself could be smaller than you first thought.
Create A Gallery
You could have a wall full of different pictures. They could be pieces of art or family photographs or a mixture of the two. This sort of wall will create a lot of interest and can be a great way to start conversations if it is the first time people have visited your home.
You may want all the frames in your interior to match, have similar mounts in them and may be thinking that could work out very costly. It does not have to be if you use frames.co.uk to make them for you. You can even upload your images so that you can see what they would look like in several different frames, and that has to be a good idea to stop you buying the wrong ones.
Fake A Window
When you live in a small urban space, you could quite often be thinking of your next holiday. Why not bring your favourite holiday location into your home, and have it framed as though it is a window you are looking through. In fact, any expansive shot of the sea, mountains or nature will open up the room and make it feel larger.
Tapestries And Fabrics
You may think that a tapestry is too much for your wall as they can be quite heavy and imposing. They are not all like that though and a few online searches will soon find one that could be suitable.
However, have you realised how beautiful some vintage scarves are? You can usually buy these in local markets for just a few pounds, and framed or unframed they can soften the appearance of a room. The main advantage of having them framed is it means they are ready to reuse when you move home.
Mirrors reflect light and will always deceive the viewer about the size of a room. Place them opposite a window for them to be more effective if you can, and watch the light shine all around the room. You have the option of one very large one or several small ones on the same wall. Whichever you decide on, mirrors are a great way to make your room look bigger.
You could even have several in one room on different walls, and the light reflecting possibilities then are never-ending.
If you are a dab hand with a paintbrush and colours, you could paint a mural on one of your walls. This could transport you to a different world, but if you think you are likely not to achieve the picture you want, look locally for someone that could. There are some people who are brilliant at these things and if you ask around you will surely find someone to paint it for you. A scenic landscape or a ship out at sea can make an imposing mural on your wall, but also things from the worlds of fantasy can too.
If your home is small you may be short of storage space so why not put a few floating shelves on one of the walls. You could stores books and knick-knacks on them, and they can be a great addition to any room. What can also look very good is shelving on the lower part of the wall with some pictures above it. This combination gives you some extra storage space as well as letting you display your photographs or works of art.
If you have a passion for something and have a collection why not think of hanging that on the walls. Fine china plates, just as an example, could be put on wire plate hangers instead of being hidden away in one of your cupboards. Stamp collections could be framed and hung, and if your passion is weaving. You could add some texture to your walls by hanging a few of the pieces you have made.
Plants do not always have to sit on top of things. There are wall hanging planters that will let you bring nature into your room with some greenery and flowers. This will not only look good, but plants and flowers in our homes have been proven to help our mental health, so there is more than one reason to find some wall space for a few.
Small houses do not have to be stark to save room. This can give the appearance of not being homely at all, but dressing your walls can make it feel much more comfortable and more like a home.