Easy ways to make a space look bigger.
How do you make a small room feel more spacious? Of course there are the obvious things like bringing in natural light, choosing neutral tones and adding a mirror to a space however it’s how you make all these elements work together that is the key.
Multiple flooring styles serve a purpose to define spaces yes, but can also make a small room feel even smaller. Choosing one type of flooring flowing from one area to the next will create an uninterrupted area, making it feel as if the rooms are part of one large space. If you have timber floors, go for wider boards; with tiles, choose a large-format design as the fewer grout lines you see.. Choosing either of these will create a more expansive look. If these types of flooring are too cold for you then a round rug is a great option for small spaces, it’ll create a zone with adding another rectangular shape. If you do go for a traditional rug format, choose a smaller size that highlights the area between your furniture pieces. It’s important that the rug doesn’t sit under the sofa as this will visually tighten the room.
It’s well documented that white or pale shades make a room seem bigger and brighter. Lighter coloured walls are more reflective and this will maximise the effects of natural light. When you are looking at the entire space then choosing a pale wall colour similar to the floor will make it feel harmonious and balanced. Once you have chosen a you start painting skirtings and door trims, choose a slightly lighter shade than the walls. This will make the surfaces visually recede and open up the space as much a possible.
Windows obviously let in natural light but, unless you’re living on a private island, most of them need covering at some point. Make the most of all that glorious light coming in with minimal window treatments. With your curtains, mount the track to the ceiling rather than the traditional wall mount. Make sure the track reaches right across the room so it feel luxurious and never ending.
If the focus can be on these key elements to create an open space your next challenge will be what furniture and art work to add. Choosing a neutral palette will ensure you have a wider range of choices when it comes to these items.
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