PostHeaderIcon Make Small Rooms Appear Larger

1. Use Neutral Colors

There many tricks that you can use to make a small room look bigger. The easiest way is to use light colors, such as cream colors and icy blues. Using this, colors can convert a small room into a seemingly bigger room. It is all about optical illusion. Light colors make a room look bigger, brighter, open and airy. On the other hand dark colors make rooms look smaller, and absorb light. Paint your wall trim and molding in a lighter color than your walls. This will make the walls appear further back, making the room appear bigger.

2. Use Different Types of Lighting

One of the things that make a home look so warm and welcoming is great lighting. Many homes are improperly lighted. To fix the problem, increase the wattage in your lamps and fixtures. Aim for a total of 100 watts for each 50 square feet or less. Don’t depend on just one or two fixtures per room, either. Make sure you use three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent. Ambient lighting is general or overhead. Task lighting is pendant, under-cabinet or reading. Accent lighting is used on tables and walls.

3. Avoid Clutter

There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. By keeping your room organized, it will feel orderly and open. If you have too much going on in your room it will feel busy and crowded. Keep in mind that a cluttered room equals a smaller room. Don’t cover your walls with a lot of pictures or paintings. Instead use one large painting or mirrors. Using mirrors on walls and tabletops helps to create a more spacious look and an open flow. You can also use mirrored cabinet doors to make spaces feel large and less cluttered. You should also keep the floors as clean and open as possible.

4. Furniture Arrangement

When decorating a room, create a focal point and make it the main attraction. Arrange the furniture so that focus is drawn to that area. Furniture can take up a lot of space, so it’s important to use multi-functional furniture, which can be tucked away when you don’t need them. Use pieces of furniture like expandable dining tables, folding tables or a nest of tables, sofa beds, beds with drawers for storage, and a chest of drawers. They all have different functions and save you lots of space. It’s also important to scale the furniture to the size of the room. Having an oversized sofas or too much furniture will make it look smaller. Place your furniture away from walkways to help keep an open flow. Consider having the large pieces of furniture such as armoires, chests and sofas the same color as the walls so everything blends together creating a more spacious feel.

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