Whether you've just downsized to a smaller apartment, or if you've been feeling like your space has gotten smaller since moving in, there are things you can do to make your apartment or room feel less claustrophobic.
1. Keep clutter out
Especially in a small space, clutter can completely take over and make your home feel even smaller than it already is.
2. Stay organized
Once you've gotten blissfully organized, you want to make sure to keep it up. Spend a few hours setting up a system so that even if you have limited space, everything still has a place to go. It will keep you on track and your home feeling cozy and not crazy.
3. Get more out of your furniture
When you have limited space, double duty furniture is a must. Why wouldn't you take advantage of every inch you can? Think storage benches, under-bed boxes or even simple ideas like a dresser used as a nightstand.
4. Choose colours carefully
Get familiar with the properties of certain colors and what they can do for your space before you make any decisions. Already have a tiny, enclosed bedroom? Dark colours might not be the way to go as they can make a room feel claustrophobic. Consider the amount of light, how you'd like to feel in that space and your room size to make sure you make the smartest choice.
5. Utilize your wall space
There's plenty of valuable real estate all over your home, not just on the floor. Shelves, cabinets and even simple, cheap (and endlessly customizable) pegboard racks can get your belongings organized while keeping them from taking up your limited floor or counter space.
6. Raise and widen your curtains
Extending the curtain rod beyond the actual window- both in terms of height and width, makes you think the window is larger, and the ceilings taller, than they actually are. If there are two or more windows side by side, try one curtain on the entire wall - hanging separate pairs unnecessarily chops up the space.
7. Keep it clean
Dirt builds up terrifyingly fast in any home but in a small home it can seem almost instantaneous (and there's nowhere to go to get away from the mess). Get proactive, get on a schedule and nip that dirty, depressing situation in the bud.
8. Hang Mirrors
You can choose either individual mirrors, or mirrors that go from floor to ceiling, to reflect light and make a small room feel more open. Think about what parts of the room you wish to have reflected before hanging anything.
9. Embrace visually light furniture
Visually light furniture will allow you to have much more in a space without its seeming cramped! Think acrylics, hairpin or MCM tapered legs, or any other airy style that leaves plenty of empty space around your pieces.
10. Spend time outside
No matter how perfectly designed, or how large your home is, you still need to get out and about to avoid cabin fever. Make a point to actually use all the great places available to you like public parks, the library, coffee shops or any place where you can camp out and get a change of scenery for a few hours.