So you’ve just rented a room from someone and it seems a bit small. It makes sense to rent a single room if you are young and want to save as much money as possible. You still get to use the kitchen and bathroom, so you basically have a miniature version of a home, only it doesn’t cost nearly as much. The only problem is the size. Unless the person you are living with allows you to use the living room you could eventually go crazy looking at the same four walls every day.
The only solution is to work with what you’ve got. You have to make the room look bigger than it actually is. You are surrounded by brick walls that can’t be moved so you have to be creative. What can you do? The solution is pretty easy and you’ll be kicking yourself you didn’t think of some of these sooner. Let’s have a look at how we can make you a lot more comfortable by tricking your mind into believing you are living somewhere much more spacious.
Have great lighting
Everyone knows that psychologically we presume a room is larger when it’s well lit. It’s built into us. Luckily, it’s an easy way to trick ourselves into thinking our room is bigger than it actually is. I know what you’re thinking. You want to take a bulldozer and knock down the wall to put in a bigger window, but I don’t think your landlord would allow you to do that!
The only other way is by installing more lighting and using a higher wattage of bulb. Hopefully your landlord doesn’t have a heart attack when they see the electric bill, but there shouldn’t be much difference. You’re paying your share of the bills so you deserve light. You also want to keep the curtains open as much as possible.
Make use of mirrors
There is a limit to the number of lights you can use in the room before it starts to look more like the inside of a tanning bed. The next thing you want to do is put some mirrors on the wall. If you’ve ever been in the haunted mirrors at a fairground, you’ll know how big it looks inside when there’s actually very little space.
It’s the same idea here. The most important place you can put your mirror is beside the window. Any natural light that comes in is going to bounce off it and will reflect around the room. You can then have another one somewhere inside the middle of the room, which can also double as the perfect place to make sure you look good before a night out. Another sneaky place you can put one is on the inside of your wardrobe door.
Add some color
This will need the permission of the landlord, but if you are staying for a considerable length of time you should really be allowed to paint the walls any color you want. Perhaps give them a bottle of wine to warm them up. Always go for a nice bright color like yellow or orange. It’s a lot better than your standard white, which looks pretty boring.
Use smaller furniture
If you have a little room and a huge bed it can really take up most of the floor space. Now don’t think you need to buy a single bed, because you can get a ¾ sized one and you will have nearly as much sleeping space as the double. The same goes for any other pieces of furniture that you have. Always downsize if possible, but don’t leave yourself with something that’s too small to get use out of.
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