When you're trying to decorate a small room, the primary goal becomes the creation of space. This remains true when you pick the draperies. Selecting draperies for a small room is a nuanced art. With careful color, size and material choices, you can make your small room feel larger. Although your draperies cannot create space, your draperies can still trick the mind into believing it has seen space. Read on to find out more.
Create Illusion of Size
Larger windows are often found in larger rooms, which means that making the windows look bigger can make the room seem bigger. Choosing draperies that are much wider than the window itself can create the sensation that the windows are much wider than they really are. The trick here is to purchase a drapery rod that's much wider than the window itself. Assuming the drapes are not opened all the way, hanging over-wide draperies will create the illusion that the windows extend far beyond the visible boundaries.
Create Appearance of Height
Use the draperies to create the illusion of height by placing the drapery rod high above the top edge of the window. The actual height you choose to hang the rod will depend on your specific window--some heights will look better than others. If you're not sure how high is too high, have a partner stand at the back of the room and watch as you hold up the drapery rod at various heights. Your partner's job will be to tell you how high the rod can go without looking wrong or mis-installed.
Let in Light
It would be a mistake to block out natural light from your small room, because making the room seem dimmer than it already is can make the walls feel like they're closing in. To ensure that as much light enters the room as possible, avoid light-canceling or light blocking drapes. Purchase drapes that will allow light to filter though the material and into the room. Plan to leave the drapes open as often as possible to ensure that light reaches the room. Install sheers to filter light into the room when you need privacy.
Keep Colors Continuous
Using your draperies to introduce new colors to your room's color scheme will create a visual road block in the middle of the room. Instead, purchase drapes that already match other colors found elsewhere in the room. This will support a feeling of continuity and will make the room feel larger and more whole.