Create More Space
|9 Ways to Visually Create More Space|
Many people think of adding square footage to create more space. But that doesn't have to be the case! You can make your home appear bigger without going through the hassle of renovating and remodelling. With just a few home modifications , it is possible to make more from less. And remember, often what the eye needs is the illusion of spaciousness not actually more space.
4. Play with the furniture. Try to move furniture away from the walls if the space allows. It will give a feeling of more openness when a sofa isn't butted against a wall. If you're buying new pieces, try to purchase items that are on legs versus feet. The higher a piece sits from the floor, the more visual space is present. Also, armless pieces give an illusion of extra space so consider an armless sofa or slipper chairs.
7. Colour your world. The colour of a room’s walls has the power to create a mood and affect the room’s appearance. Use just one or two colours per room for visual simplicity that expands a space. Also keep in mind that white, neutral or pale colors best reflect light, visually "pushing back" walls. Cool blue and green hues will make a space seem larger and airier. Warm reds and yellows cozy a room and can make it appear smaller.
8. Let there be height. Use at least one tall element in a room to draw the eye upward, towards the ceiling. Not only does this maximize the vertical space in the room, but it also draws the eye up to the less crowded ceiling space above.
9. Minimize the amount of furniture you have in each room. It is both wise and essential to select furniture and accessories that perform multiple tasks. The smaller your space, the more this applies, especially with furniture. Storage is an obvious second job for many pieces of furniture.
Every room has good proportions which make its space flexible enough to create any environment you wish. Compromises in decorating, colour techniques, furniture arranging and lighting considerations can all contribute to the illusion of space. By following some of the tips above, you can create a visually larger room.