There are several different tricks to make your room appear larger. A key element in making your space feel best is by using elements to create open and spacious. Square footage is not the only way to create a larger space.
Here are a few designer tricks :
Let Color Work For You
Use very light colors or very dark colors to give a room depth. Medium shades can make a room appear smaller, but when you use bright whites such as Artic White or Dove White and deep dark paint colors such as Knitting Needles or Embers Edge, you create contrast, which creates depth and the illusion of a larger space.
Hang Floor-to-Ceiling Curtains
Hanging curtains just below the ceiling ( about 2-3 inches) that come all the way down to the floor is like putting extra inches in height to your room. Ceilings instantly look higher. Buying extra-long curtains and having them hemmed is often an inexpensive and effective way to achieve this.
Display Large-scale Art
In a small room that you want to hang wall decor, opt for one large piece of art or a wall accent instead of a gallery wall of smaller items. If you really want a gallery wall with smaller pieces, limit it to the one wall and go simple large-scale on the other walls in the room. And it’s good to leave some walls blank to prevent the room from feeling cluttered and overwhelming. I love using uttermost and Moes home collection for some unique large wall art and pieces.
Use a few larger decorative accents instead of many small decorative items
Lots of small knick-knacks make a room smaller and cluttered. Use the triangle rule and symmetry when styling vignettes on coffee tables, nightstands, dresser tops, and dining tables and limit decor groupings to 3 or 5 items. But you don’t need decor accents on every single surface of your home.
Less is best and latest trends opt for clean lines and simple décor
Define Your Spaces
Area rugs help rooms feel finished and pulled together. But they can also create the illusion of more square footage. Be careful not to get too busy with your rugs if you already have a lot of décor in the room.
Buy furniture with exposed legs to make a space feel more open. Chairs, sofas, and beds with skirts can feel boxy. But if you opt for furniture with exposed legs, it creates the illusion of extra room.
Place mirrors on dark walls that don’t get much natural light. Hanging mirrors allows you to bounce light from windows and create the illusion of more square footage. Use unusual shaped mirrors to create a more interesting element.
Buy a Visually Interesting Ceiling Light Fixture
Incorporating ceiling lights with details draws the eye upwards and adds height to a room. Opt for a large statement piece of furniture. It’s better to have a large sofa and 1 accent chair in a living room than 4 accent chairs. If you can fit a king sized bed in a bedroom, go for it. A king sized bed and two nightstands are all a master bedroom needs sometimes.
These easy and costly tips are things I have helped clients with everyday to help make their spaces beautiful. Call today for a consultation (708-528-4652) and we can make your space beautiful and spacious as well.