Creating the Illusion of Space
7 Tips to Making Any Room Appear Larger
In a small space, everything counts. Small rooms can feel confining and uncomfortable. But certain design concepts fool the eye and make interiors seem much more spacious than they are. Try these 7 easy room-expanding tricks to help you maximise your square footage.
1. Create Mirror Image
Place a large, single mirror in the room so that it reflects a focal point. This is great for narrow hallways and entrances.
A sizeable mirror can open up a room, making it appear double it's actual size. By reflecting both artificial and natural light, the space will appear both bigger and brighter.
2. Let There be Light
Invest in quality, minimal lighting option such as lamps, LED spotlights, ceiling pendants (keep these sleek and minimal. Nothing too busy.) Fun ceiling fixtures draw your eye upward, creating the illusion of height.
With no dark corners, a light filled room will naturally appear larger and more inviting.
Also keep window dressing sheer and open to welcome in as much natural light as possible. By opening up the windows you will connect the room to the outdoors, further enhancing the feeling of space.
3. Raise it Up and Space it Out
Keep furniture elevated off the floor and avoid sofas and armchairs with skirts. By choosing furniture raising on legs, light can circulate freely underneath.
Shoving furniture against the wall doesn’t guarantee a larger room.
Try angling your sofa or bed and pull away from the wall to open up the space around it.
4. Cut the Clutter
Clear out the clutter. An untidy room can look half it's actual size. Causing it to feel more crowded.
With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.
Don’t cover your walls with a lot of pictures. One large painting works better than a group of small paintings.
Create a focal point - one area or feature that will draw the eye. Arrange the furniture so that focus is drawn to that area, and keep the décor in the rest of the room to a minimum.
5. Lighten Up
Stick to a light, cool colour scheme and mix it up with accent pieces.
Light and bright walls are more reflective, making a space feel open and airy, which helps maximise the effect created by natural light.
Select soft tones of off-white, blue and green, and try painting your wall trim and moldings in a lighter colour than your walls. By doing so, the walls will appear farther back, making your living room seem bigger.
6. Forget the Fuss
Too many bold, busy or fussy patterns in a small room will make it appear cluttered.
Keep it simple and textured when selecting rugs, wallpaper and soft furnishings. Opt for delicate and soft colours.
Knitted throws and cushions are a great options to soften a room. Seagrass wallpaper is also a understated luxury and is available in a range of natural colours and has a nice woven texture which will add some subtle dimension.
7. Multi-purpose Pieces
Invest in multifunctional furniture to simplify your room. The less furniture you have the more spacious the room will be.
Look for pieces with hidden storage to stash away books and blankets or ones that serve multiple purposes.