No matter how big your home, there will always be areas or rooms within it that appear small and cramped. This isn’t an inevitability, though. There are plenty of decorating tricks you can employ to create the illusion of space in a room.
Using a lighter colour on the walls will open up a room significantly. Darker tones are great for fostering a cosy feel but can sometimes feel oppressive. On the other hand, pale, muted colours, such as white or cream, have the opposite effect and will provide a room with a much larger appearance. Don’t use a contrasting colour on the floor, though, as this will visually break up the room. Rather, pick a shade that is a continuation of that on the walls.
Cut Back on Décor
By no means should you get rid of décor you are fond of, but if your home is crammed full of ornaments, pictures, artwork, or even unnecessary items of furniture, it might be worth storing some of it away. A room filled with knick-knacks can cause it to appear closed-in, so a clear out is the way to go if you want a to give the impression of more space. A few choice pieces are all that is needed to bring a room to life, and, if you do have a lot stored away, you can always rotate what goes on display.
Use More Lighting
Relying on a primary source for lighting tends to put the focus on just one part of the room, which has the unintended consequence of closing the rest of it off. For this reason it is preferable to use a number of light sources, such as lamps or additional fixtures, to better light a room and create the illusion of more space.
Use Natural Lighting
Allowing more natural light into your home can make a world of difference. The light that comes in through your windows – particularly if they’re large – will really help to open up a room, whilst floor length windows can make the outside world feel like a natural extension of that room.
Get a Mirror
Mirrors have an astounding effect on how we perceive a room and its size. They reflect the light and help to brighten a place up, but they also appear to extend the boundaries of a room. Placement is key, however, and you should think carefully about where in the room you are going to put it. Consider mounting a long, narrow mirror on its side, which will make the wall it’s on appear longer, or hanging one directly across from a window.
Glass ornaments and furniture are excellent décor choices, and not only because they make an attractive addition to a room. Whilst a solid, dark-coloured object has a notable presence that can add to the clutter, clear objects are less intrusive on visual space. This idea also applies to internal wooden doors, which you can replace for ones with glass panels.
Raise the Curtains
Your windows might not reach up to the ceiling, but you can still make them appear bigger by hanging the curtains from higher up. This will also give the impression of a higher ceiling and larger room overall.