If you have a small space that you would like to feel bigger, but you don’t have the means, resources or permission to enlarge the space with renovations, light can be a very effective tool to make the room look and feel larger than it really is.
Make use of reflections
Well-placed lamps can increase not only how large the room feels but can also help create a more practical and aesthetically pleasing space. By placing your lamp in front of a mirror the reflective surface will work to maximise the output of the lamp, adding depth and giving you the illusion of a bigger room while also doubling your light and potentially mitigating the need for overhead lighting.
Make the most of your surfaces
The more light the room has, the larger it will seem. If you have tables either side of your couch or bed, place a lamp on each. If space (and your décor) allows, add an additional floor lamp. There are no rules around how many lamps you can have in your space and multiple light sources are a fun way to tie your look together or express yourself through boldly-patterned lamp shades.
The perception that the dimensions of the room are bigger than what they truly are is key. Push the limits and opt for tall lamps – even if you feel like they will overwhelm the space. Chances are that they won’t! Interior designers often give the advice that you should buy the biggest rug your room can hold and the same goes for lighting a small area - a statement lamp or a tall floor lamp will give the illusion that the space is just as big as the lamps within it.
Think outside the box
If you are lacking the floor space to cater for tables and floor lamps, don’t overlook the power of a sconce. Small bedrooms, study nooks, irregularly-shaped living rooms and even studio apartments can all be tricky to light well, but the addition of wall lighting can give you a source of light without compromising precious square meterage.