If you do not have enough space, making it livable by decoration can be very challenging. Fortunately, many visual tricks can marvelously expand the appearance and feel of your space.
Below you may find some tips on how you can make your space feel larger.
When it comes to lighting, an installation of scones can add brightness without occupying a lot of surface space. We recommend not to choose a low-hanging pendant because it will make your area feel smaller and more cramped. Instead, choose a feature that draws the eye up. You could also try flush mounts because they bring in light from above and ensure that sightlines are kept clear. Lastly, bring in floor lamps that will help combat dark corners and add height.
Placing some rugs is an excellent idea since they will add a hint of warmth without visually shrinking your space. Use mats to divide one room into smaller areas. This practice will fabricate the aspect of having more than one space in a large area. Ensure that you choose the sizes of the right rugs if you wish your room to feel larger. Ensure to choose the right rugs size, as it affects the space directly. Secondly, choose light-colored carpets because lighter tones reflect light creating an overall sense of spaciousness, whereas darker rugs absorb light making your space appear smaller.
To make your space look larger, tidy, and organized, ensure you go for fewer larger pieces over a bunch of small items. Less is usually more so; instead of a set of chairs and a couch, choose narrow furniture to maximize a tiny living room and decrease the look of clutter. Also, ensure kitchen cabinets go as high as the ceiling to draw the viewer’s eye up and create a false appearance of taller space. Also, you can choose statement furniture that fills the room. We recommend including types of furniture with exposed legs because they are perfect for a small space and create more open space than those that have a skirt, are boxy, or are placed directly on the ground. Include materials that allow light to pass through like Lucite and glass because they take up less space.
- Mirrors and Art
It is important to use mirrors in all places because they diffuse the light around, making space feel larger. Strategically place mirrors to achieve the illusion of more space. We suggest placing mirrors across from the windows to reflect the light and make the room feel larger. Alternatively, you can place a large window behind an end table for a glamorous visual art genre that makes it look like a whole other space. Opt for oversized and extensive art since it makes a room appear larger in scale. If you have high ceilings, hang art high by ensuring you take your treasures, framed artwork, and photographs up.
- Paint and Wallpaper
To make your space feel larger, you need to draw the eyes to the ceiling by adding patterns and fabulous dash colors. Anything that can draw the eye upwards can make any room feel larger.
It would be best if you disguise the ceiling’s appearance to make it seem taller and make the windows looking larger by fixing your curtain rails near the ceiling and lengthening it wider than the window. Ensure that you let the light in by trying gauzy curtains that maximize sunlight and making space feel larger. You could also leave the windows uncovered to add more depth to the room. Use a transparent shower curtain in a small bathroom to make space appear larger. If you are worried about privacy, use blinds instead of curtains. Remember that darkness makes space feel smaller.
An elongated and striped runner makes a narrow room appear bigger. Go for vertically striped wallpapers because they make space appear larger. Go for small-scale patterns to create balance and make the room feel proportional to the print size.
It is advisable to stay neutral when it comes to color because rooms in neutral tones allow more visual space, whereas rooms with darker colors tend to appear more restricted and smaller. After all, darker colors absorb light instead of reflecting it. Use light colors on the walls of the floor. Choose furniture that resembles the walls in color as this will mix perfectly well, thereby making visual space appear larger.
- Pull Your Furniture away from the walls
If you pull the furniture away from the wall, even just a few inches, it creates an illusion that adds more space to the room. Pushing your furniture up against the walls will only make the room appear smaller and restricted.
- Color your shelves
You need to color-code your shelves to achieve a sense of structure. Go for anything that makes a group of smaller items look well-arranged, making space appear larger.
- Break the rules
Just because it is a living room, it does not mean you need a sofa, a coffee table, and a TV. Unexpected layout and pieces of furniture can make your space more open and generally fun. Maybe you want a bean bag for a chair or a swing inside, or perhaps you want both.
- Design a Glide-Through Flooring
One flooring kind all over your home will lead to a significant difference in the appearance of your space. You can lay floorboards in several rooms like the bedrooms, kitchen, and living room as this is a great solution that can make space feel larger.
- Remove The Doors off
Taking internal doors off can be a solution if banging through room dividers to create bigger openings is not an option. You could also replace the typical door with a sliding one to create valuable floor space. These changes might function well in rooms with cupboards or bedrooms and bathrooms with closets. Every millimeter counts in confined spaces.
- Mind Restraint
Lastly, you should ensure that you decorate your place with restraint if you do not have a large space and the freedom to add multiple decorative items.