Making A Room Look Bigger
Do you ever browse through an interiors magazine, blog or Pinterest, and see the room sizes of some people’s homes and imagine, ‘I wish I had all that room to play with?’ But, it’s certainly not the end of the world to live in a small property. (think about how much quicker it is to clean!) and there are lots of little tricks you can do to maximise even the most dainty of properties.
Today I wanted to talk about seven different ways you can give the feeling of more space in your home. All things that interior designers have been using for years.
It may seem an obvious point to start on, but mirrors automatically double the depth of the room when hung in the correct way. Not only that, but it will also reflect any light that's available creating a brighter space.
When space is short, it makes sense to have furniture that can be used in multiple ways. For example, a sofa that can double up as a bed for the odd guest. Consider items like storage ottomans for additional seating or a chest of drawers that doubles up as a bedside table.
High Legged Furniture
If you have a small space, the bulk of your furniture should be ideally slightly raised up. By being able to see the floor below your furniture, it gives an illusion of extra floor space.
Floor To Ceiling Curtains
Always ensure your curtain are installed just below the ceiling or cornice and all the way to the floor. This will generate visual height in a room, again giving the feel of a much grander space.
Unified Colour Scheme
Painting adjacent rooms in the same or a somewhat similar colour will keep your home from looking too choppy. Using white or pastel colours gives a room an airy quality and creates a much more blended look throughout. It will also blur the boundaries of where one room starts and another begins.
Perspex Or Acrylic Furniture
Similar to the concept of raised furniture, using ‘see through’ furniture is another trick to making space appear larger than it is. Acrylic furniture is ideal for smaller spaces because visually, your eyes do not record it as being there at all. So the room looks to be larger and lighter.
Use The Space You Have Available
By putting your storage up and off the floor, you immediately create more visual space below. With less clutter taking up precious space, it’s a clever way to create more space where there wasn’t before.
- Lindsey Brown Burden