5 Specific Tricks for Using Design to Make Your Space Feel Larger
If you really want to get the most out of your small space and live comfortably in it, then you will want to use a few design techniques to help make your home feel larger. I want to help you use ideas that designers have come up with to help you keep your small space feeling open and spacious.
1. Keep the wall colors light. In a large room you are able to use darker colors on the walls and you will not notice much of a difference, but if you do this in a smaller room it will feel as if the walls are closing in on you and it will make the room look even smaller. Stick to light colors in the design of your small home.
2. Choose light colored furniture that is close to the same color as the walls. If you have white walls in the kitchen, choose a white table with a wood finish top and white chairs. Of course you can choose any version of white but by sticking as closely as possible to the color of the walls, you will make your space look much larger.
3. Use mirrors to reflect the natural light in your space and make it look even bigger. If you want to make a small space look larger you need to focus on the lighting. If a room is poorly lit then it will look smaller. However, by using mirrors to reflect the light that is in the room you will make the room seem much larger than it really is. It is also great if you can have a plant near the mirror so that the mirror reflects the image of the plant.
4. Get rid of all of those tiny decorations, they only make a room look more crowded. Instead choose items that are larger than a cantaloupe, remember fewer items but larger in size. This will give the illusion of a much larger living space.
5. Use a striped rug to make the room look longer. Just like stripes on pants make your legs look longer, a striped rug will make the room look longer. If you want to make the room look taller use vertical stripes on the walls.
There are so many things that you can do to make your home look larger than it really is, as well as make your rooms look larger than they really are. I suggest bringing in some live plants along with following all the tips I have given you in this book.
I have a few extra tips for you before I finish this book, call them bonus tips if you would like. I feel like they are important for you to know. You can use rugs to separate different areas in each room. For example, if you have a work area in your living room, you can use an area rug to separate this area from the rest of your living room causing it to look like a separate space.
In order to bring unity into your home you should use different shades of the same colors in each room. For example, light blue on the walls of your bedroom and a slightly darker blue bed set with blue and white lace curtains. Of course you do not want to use one color throughout the entire house of it will simply feel like one large room.
You should also focus on getting furniture with exposed legs. When the legs of a couch are not exposed it makes the couch look large and oversized. However, on the other hand, when the legs are exposed it looks more elegant and is better fitting form small spaces.
You should also consider making an outdoor living space. If your home is just too small for you to have very many people over at the same time you can create an area outside of your home where you will be able to entertain and it will feel like an extension of your home. Of course you want the outside of your home to be just as neatly organized as the inside, but that is for another book.
The final tip I have for you is that you should throw out all of the rules. Create a living space that is comfortable as well as functional for you and your family. If you do not like to have all of your furniture matching, then don’t worry about design rules. As long as the space works for you and functions the way you want it to, that is all that really matters.
Credit : Stevens, Riley (2015-04-24). 50 Ways To Maximize Your Small Space In 50 Minutes.
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