Let’s be honest: How much space do we really have in our homes? In 2019, it felt like properties somehow got even smaller. But fear no more! As an expert in one-bedroom Vancouver living, here are four tricks that have helped me make use of the space I have and be more comfortable in my home - especially when I have guests for the holidays.
1. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
This tip ranks number one because it’s easy, versatile, and really accessible. You can get a big/long mirror for under $100 in many stores across Canada, and even Amazon delivers them now. All you have to do is measure the wall you’d like to put a mirror on and get the mirror measurements from your chosen website or store. Make sure the size is right and the aesthetic matches the decor you already have in your home.
Mirrors trick your eye into thinking a room is much bigger than it actually is, giving the illusion of depth when there’s actually just... more wall. A mirror also reflects natural and artificial light, so placing them on walls that get some sun exposure will make the entire room more luminous, which yet again makes our brains think a room is bigger than it is in reality. Lying to yourself: It’s fun!
- 1071 Sq. ft.
- 2 Bed, 2 Bath
2. Bright Colours on the Right Places
Using light colours on your walls opens up a space, and the same is true for your furniture. Lightness gives a little more “breath” to a room. Dark colours, on the contrary, absorb all the light they receive, making the room look and feel a lot smaller. Truthfully, some dark-colour fans disagree and say that adding black creates a sense of a large scale, but hey, they’re not writing this article.
You can use friendly colours like off-white, light brown, green, and gray to complement your home and make the decor of a room come together. Plus, add-in some light wood furniture and accessories and you’ll have the perfect pairing. Tip: For contrast, you can still make great use of dark colours on tiny details like handles and faucets. Also, use plants to bring “life” to the room without having to worry if they will go with the colours you have - they always do. Thanks, nature.
- 916 Sq. ft.
- 1 Bed, 1 Bath
3. Multi-purpose Furniture
Another thing that will massively improve the actual amount of space you have at your disposal is multi-purpose furniture. A wall bed, for example, can easily be transformed into a sofa by lifting the mattress and simply pushing the bed towards the wall. Not only is it incredibly practical when you are expecting guests for the holidays, but it also offers the possibility to use the room as a chill-out space when things get hectic during the last-minute preparations for holiday festivities.
- 600-700 Sq.ft.
- 2 Beds, 1 Bath
4. Lower your Lights
Low-hanging lighting fixtures is a popular interior (and exterior) design trend. Yes, it’s mainly because it looks great, but there’s yet another optical illusion at work that helps a small room. Putting a lighting element around eye-level on long strands or hanging threads adds negative space above an element that’s traditionally closer to a ceiling. In short? Your brain thinks there’s an even greater distance between the light and where it’s hanging from, giving your room a couple extra inches of (fake) ceiling height. Fake, but still impressive! Go ahead and tell everyone that your 9 foot high ceiling is really 11 feet - if you can’t tell a white lie about your home around the holidays, when else can you?
- 1200-1399 Sq. ft.
- 3 Bed, 2 Bath
We hope these tips add a little light, a lot of depth, and some extra space to your home. Have a great holiday season and happy entertaining!