[ecis2016.org] We look at some simple décor tricks that home owners can use, to make small rooms appear larger
Buyers and tenants living in the central areas of big cities, often have to make do with small homes, because of the space crunch in such cities. While increasing the space may not be possible, you could certainly make the home appear bigger, by incorporating some simple décor tricks.
You are reading: 15 ways to make small rooms appear bigger
Allow natural light into the house
We have a tendency to block any area from where dust could enter the house. In that process, we end up blocking the path of natural light, as well. A well-lit room appears bigger, while a lack of ample light has the opposite effect. Be mindful of this fact and let the natural light in.
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Choose light shades of paint
Dark shades tend to give a warm look but at the same time, it makes the space appear smaller. Home owners can make a small living room or bedroom appear bigger, by using light shades of paint on the walls. Shades such as red, orange, blue and brown, may not be ideal for rooms with limited space.
Pick sheer or light curtains
Dark shades have the same effect when used on curtains, as on walls. Switch to lighter shades or switch to sheer or satin curtains.
Ideal way to hang curtains
Avoid hanging the curtains across the window frame. Instead, hanging it outside of the frames or a couple of inches below the ceiling, will give the room a spacious look.
Opt for a ceiling with a glossy finish
A glossy ceiling design with decorative plaster finish, reflects light inside the room, making it appear bigger.
Bring the outdoors inside the house, with ceiling-to-floor wallpaper or vinyl stickers of landscapes that you find most calming and attractive. Also, a textured wallpaper or layered graffiti paint, creates an illusion of depth in a small space.
Let the space mirror itself
Using glass in your interiors, as room separators or as part of the décor, instantly creates the feeling of open space.
Keep your furniture off the wall
Even though you may think otherwise, pushing the furniture up against the walls, will not make the room look bigger. Keeping the furniture slightly away from the wall, will not only help in keeping your walls and furniture safe but also makes the room appear big.
Mount the TV set
With the advent of flat LED screens, the television stand has become obsolete. Most people now choose to mount the television on to the wall, thereby saving floor space
Use minimal furniture
The more articles of furniture that a room has to accommodate, the more cluttered and small it would appear. Hence, keep furniture items to a minimum. Also, rather than buying several small items, buy one large piece that would solve many problems in, say, your living area.
Cut down on decorative pieces
Too many decorative items would clutter the space. Just choose a focal point in the room and adorn it with a centrepiece.
Buy furniture with storage
By investing in furniture that comes with in-built storage, you can not only increase the storage space, but also leave some space within the house.
Remove unnecessary doors
Another effective way to make a room appear bigger, is to get rid of doors that require a lot of space, to open and shut. This is also why open layouts are popular for studio apartments and 1BHK homes.
Opt for an expandable dining table
The space in your kitchen and dining area may not allow you to buy that fancy dining table you have been meaning to buy. But, you could ask the carpenter to build a drop-leaf table especially for you.
Use floor and table lamps
Another oft-repeated mistake in case of small homes is the excessive use of overhead lighting, in order to save space. In reality, table lamps and floor lamps keep the focus off a focal point, making the room seem larger.
What colours make a small room look bigger?
Light shades of colours can make a small room appear larger than it is. On the other hand, dark colours make a room appear warm but small.
How do I choose curtains for a small living room?
For a small living room, opt for sheer or satin curtains in light shades.
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