10 Ways to Make a Small Room Look LargerBy
Everyone has those rooms in their home that they wish were a tad bit bigger, but not everyone has the allowance to do so. We have all heard the saying “Bigger is always better,” so we naturally crave the extra space. But what if you could transform a small space by making it appear bigger without adding the extra square feet? Here are 10 tips to making your small space appear bigger than it actually is!
1. Mirrors. Mirrors are a great way to enlarge a small room. They help reflect light into the space as well as open up the room. You can even try placing mirrors across the room from each other to really trick the eye into giving the illusion of a vast space between them.
2. Make the ceiling pop! Adding a pop of color to your ceiling draws the eye upward, giving the room added height, making the room appear larger. You can also bring the eye up with a really unique and different light fixture. Just remember don’t overwhelm with large and bulky, go for the WOW piece.
3. Draperies. Try hanging your draperies all the way to the ceiling, not where your windows begin. This will make your eye feel like the space has been lifted. Floor to ceiling draperies give the illusion of added height to the space.
4. Multipurpose furniture. It would be wise to invest in a piece of furniture for the room that has many uses. This will save you from needing another piece of furniture that would take up valuable space in your small room.
5. De-clutter the Walls. Avoid using too many small paintings or photos. One prominent framed piece works better in a small space.
6. Accessories. Try to beware and limit the number of accessories in the room. Too many interruptions to the eye can limit a clean line for the eye to follow, which helps make the room appear larger.
7. Pastels. Lighter colors will always make any room appear bigger and brighter. These colors help reflect light into the space giving the space an open and airy feel.
8. Open Furniture. Try using furniture with exposed legs; this lets the light flow under the pieces adding a sense of additional space.
9. Reduce Prints and Pattern. Usually we use patterns to add visual interest. Yet, they can create too much contrast in the room breaking it up and making a small room seem even smaller. Stick with solids and neutrals for upholstery and possibly add a few patterned accents.
10. Think Vertical. Take advantage of your vertical space. This could be custom built-in storage, or a tall vertical cabinet. The taller the better and the more storage space to take advantage of!
Voila! Its magic, and you’re the magician. With these ten helpful hints you will have your guest fooled into thinking your smallest room in your home is now one of the biggest! Have fun with it, but just remember that magicians don’t reveal their best tricks!
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