Making the most out of every room in your home can sometimes be incredibly difficult. If you have an older home, you might feel like the person who designed it seemed to have approached the project with no consideration for the people who would eventually live inside of it, and new homes can have floor plans that just don’t work well for what you need. One of the worst problems you might face is a small room. Small rooms are particularly frustrating because they are too big to be used as a closet but almost too small to be used for anything else.

Just because you have a small room doesn’t mean that it has to feel that way. At Lincoln Lighting Center, we have helped many of our customers make a room feel bigger with the right lights and home decor. Check out a few of these tips below, and then give us a call or stop by our showroom to see how we can help you turned an underutilized space into a room that you’ll love spending time in!

Use More Than One Light

One of the main reasons that small rooms tend to feel small is because they generally only have one overhead light in them. A single overhead light gives the impression that the room is only as big as the light it casts. Using the current overhead fixture in conjunction with lamps or wall-mounted lights like sconces will create the impression that the room is larger. If the overhead fixture is taking up a lot of space, you might want to choose a new fixture. Modern LED fixtures can be much smaller, brighter, and put off less heat than traditional bulbs, and thanks to the creative use of new materials, these fixtures can be found in almost any shape and style.

Keep Fixtures Small

Thanks to advances in materials and LED lights, you don’t need to stuff your room with giant fixtures, including floor lamps. Instead, choose thin lamps with small (or no) lamp shades to add light without sacrificing any of your remaining space.

Mirror, Mirror

Combined with light-colored walls, a mirror or two in a small room can really open up the space. Designers have long used mirrors to create the illusion of space in snug rooms, and now you can too! Avoid choosing mirrors with large, dark, or thick frames, as they tend to become focal points.

Consider the Shape of the Room

If you have a small room with high ceilings, use long pendant lights to call attention to the vertical space in a room.
If you have low ceilings, small track lighting or recessed fixtures can help the room feel less cave-like.
If your room is thin but long, use fixtures that seem to stretch the length of the room, not cut across it.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make any space feel bigger and more functional. Contact us at Lincoln Lighting Center today to find out how we can help!