Have you ever looked at small room in your home and said, “There’s nothing I can do here to make this room look bigger”? Well, don’t worry…you’re not alone. But designing to make small spaces appear larger isn’t that difficult. I promise! Actually, there are many extraordinarily simple tricks to give small rooms the illusion of being bigger. And lucky for you I have eight of those easy tips just for you!
1. Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective so painting your small room with such colors can go miles in making a space feel open and airy. Lighter, more neutral colors open up a room, whereas dark hues tend to make a room feel smaller than it is. Try painting your small room a blue similar to this bathroom below from House Beautiful. Cool colors can make the walls appear to recede and the room look larger.
2. Use a glass coffee table instead of the plain old wood one you have. Glass tables reflect light and help maintain a sense of airiness in the room. See, look at how nice this one looks in this image from House To Home.
3. A monochromatic color scheme throughout your room from the furniture, to the rugs and walls will make any room appear bigger. Select the same color, but use different shades and textures as was done in this image from Hgtv.
4. Display glass artwork in prominent places to reflect light around the room and draw attention to the ceilings.
5. Use mirrors to draw light into a room and magnify the size of it. It’s best not to place mirrors in a location that is dark, but you can never go wrong by putting a mirror in a corner to reflect a light from a window or an amazing view of the world outside. Mirrors across from each other on opposing walls have dramatic affects at making rooms appear larger as well. Aren’t these two sample rooms from One Kings Lane just fabulous?
6. Proper, even lighting is key to the design success of any room. However, lighting is even more important when you want to make a room appear larger.
7. Believe it or not, your mind detects the flow of room and if there are harsh, sharp objects…the room’s flow will not be fluid. So, instead of using square furniture in a square room, use round furniture to cut the rigidness and allow for more flow in the room. See the rounded edges of the sofa and chair as well as the coffee table and ottoman in the room below from Better Homes & Gardens. Now imagine what this small space would look like if there were sharp edged furniture with harsh lines, smaller…huh?
8. If you’re lucky enough to have windows in your small room, half of your battle has already been won. Window light can do amazing things to make a room appear larger. So be sure to use that natural lighting and keep those windows treatment free to enlarge your small room.
So there you go. No construction needed, just a change or two and voilà, your small room will appear larger too!
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