Friday, 6 November 2015

Tricks to Create the Illusion of Space

There are few things worse than a small living space. Nobody wants to feel crammed in and claustrophobic. If you haven't been blessed with the largest rooms, it can start to get you down after awhile but your home shouldn't be something you dread. It's your own space and you should be able to relax happily without feeling like the walls are closing in. Life has enough stresses of its own! Luckily, there are a few tricks to making rooms appear bigger than they are, and I'm going to share them with you.

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1 - White Walls

You may not think that something so simple could have any effect on your perception, but you'd be wrong. Lighter colours are known to enhance the illusion of space. There's no better way to get light colours into your room than the walls and ceiling, and there's no shade lighter than white. If you currently have darker colours, consider painting over them and you'll find your room feels much more open. Brighter shades also help reflect light, which contributes to the feeling of space.


2 - Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Many people already have a large mirror on their feature walls. If you don't, you should definitely consider it. Having a reflection in the room makes it feel much more open. At the very least, you aren't stuck looking at the same four walls, day in, day out. Even just catching a glimpse of the reflection as you walk passed makes you feel as though you're gazing into an open space. Positioned correctly, it will also reflect the light coming through the windows and help to brighten up the room.


3 - Storage is the Solution

A tidy home is a happy home. If your room is filled with clutter, it's no wonder you feel like you've got no space. Because you don't! Your first order of business should be a spring clean, immediately. Throw away any things that you don't have a use for anymore. Clinging to them is doing nothing but taking up space that you're already lacking. When it comes to the things that you do want to keep, take the 'out of sight, out of mind' approach. If you don't have the room to keep them on display, hide them away. Investing in some storage solutions, like a coffee table or shelving unit, may seem like it'd take up more space, but it helps to keep things looking tidy. Natural wood is the most popular and complements almost any design. Look at websites where you can buy oak furniture for more ideas.


4 - Play the Long Game

The easiest way to create the illusion of space is to 'elongate' everything where you can. This simply means to make everything appear taller than it is. On your feature wall, consider striped wallpaper. Opt for a raised sofa with exposed legs, rather than a block one. Buy curtains that fill the length of the wall, rather than shorter ones. Hang your shelving units higher than normal so that your eyes are drawn to the ceiling. Anything you can do to make your room appear taller will ultimately make it feel more spacious.


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