HOW TO CREATE A MORE SPACIOUS ROOM
Image source: Architectural Digest, Photo: Douglas Friedman
In a little space, everything counts. That's the principle you should follow when decorating for a little space. Everything that's needed in order to create more spacious room, are some easy yet smart tricks. Through the usage of some very specific design concepts we can lure the eye perceive a room bigger than that it actually is. Colour techniques, arrangement of furniture and lighting are only a few of these concepts, and hopefully this article can provide you with inspiration for your interior projects.
LIGHT COLOURS AND CLEVER CONTRASTS
Image source: Architectural Digest, Photo: Joshua McHugh
It's wellknown that light colours can help to open a room. The things is to work with optical illusions. Light wall reflect more and give the impression of an more spacious feeling, which in it's turn maximise the effect that's created by natural light. Dark colours on the other hand absorb light, which leads to that spaces can feel smaller. For an optimal effect, you could choose soft tones of blue and green. Off-white and ice blue are examples on the best colour combinations when trying to achieve a larger atmosphere in the room. It's even wise to paint frames with lighter tones than your walls. The walls will in this way create the illusion that they're pushed to the back fo the room, and in doing so, create the feeling of a bigger space.
RIGHT LIGHTING OPENS THE ROOM UP
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If you let natural light flow freely through the room you might be surprised of how much it actually impacts the room. If you have the possibility, for example if the room has large windows, you should use it to the full. Make sure that any blind or curtains are thin or pulled to the sides, so that as much light as possible can enter the room. By creating the impression as if nature is almost in your room, you start to fade the physical boundaries of the room in question. Do you want to use the full potential of nature, but there's no nature outside of your windows? In that case you can use plants in the near vicinity of the room's windows. If you don't have the opportunity to let enough natural light in, you can add these with artificial lighting. Small actions can big differences. By placing lamps right you can easily open the room and control where the focus should be.
CLEAN UP THE MESS
Keep you room nice and neat. There are a few things that can mess up an already little space, but overdecorating is certainly one of them. By keeping your space structured and arranged, where you keep the most out of sight, you will be able to create a fresh and open vibe for your room. Don't cover you walls with to many paintings and images. It's better to use few larger paintings than many smaller ones. Remember less is more, because if there's to much that's happening in the room, it will demand all your attention and create a over-loaded and claustrophobic feeling.
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When decorating a small space you always try strive for a main focus point, a special part of the room or an object that needs all the attention. In a dining room it's most likely the dining table, while the bed has the same focus in the bedroom. Make that main object to the star of the room. Arrange all your furniture and accessories in a way so that all attention is drawn towards it, whilst at the same time minimising the rest of your interior. A last tip is not to use too big rugs in order to create the illusion of more floor area.
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Using mirrors is an easy quick-fix to create a larger room. It's pretty straight forward, direct them towards you main focus point in the room and voilà! It creates the illusion of depth in your room. The mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light, which in it's turn helps to make the room brighter and thus bigger. For extra effect, you could try to place the mirrors close a window so that it reflects what's outside. You can also use mirror doors, which minimises the interior and cleans up any unnecessary mess.
Image source: Architectural Digest, Photo: François Halard
Sometimes furniture can take up a lot of space and contribute to that the room is perceived as narrow and crammed. Here are some useful tips on how you can decorate for a small room:
Use multi-functional furniture pieces: i.e., a trunk that could be used as a coffee table or as storage or why not a bed that has pull-out drawers.
Place large furniture pieces close to the wall so that the open space in the middle of the room isn't cluttered with objects.
Choose furniture that is scale appropriate to the room. A large sofa in a small room will make it feel even smaller. It's also imperative that you block necessary areas, where you for example walk. When furniture hinders one to move or see what's in other rooms, it probably needs some rethinking. The cardinal rule is: the more you can see, the bigger the room will be perceived.
Consider to have some of the furniture pieces in the same colour as you walls. Even the bigger objects will melt in and extend the size of the room.
Angle your furniture. It works if the longest line the room is the diagonal one. When you then angle a furniture piece, it will help guide the eye towards that diagonal line, rather than the shortest wall. As a bonus you could also try to place extra storage in the corner behind your furniture.
If the furniture piece in question is high it will make the ceiling look lower than what it actually is. So make sure to pick out furniture pieces that helps the space in the upper section of the room.
Choose sofas and armchairs without armrests and feet. A glass table will also help the spacious illusion, allowing for light to flow freely in the room. There are many ways to work with small spaces, and these are only a few. Just remember that it's your room and that it needs to fit your own personal style if you want to feel at home.
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