(How)can you trick your eye in to believing your space is larger than it actually is?
2. Round tables work well – They’re east to walk around and you can always squeeze in an extra chair. Plus, they often look fine if they’re off center in a wall or in front of a sofa.
3. Lateral accents expand the space – Paint your walls with horizontal bands in three related colors or several sheens of the same hue
4. Mirrors open up small spaces – Many mirrors set at different angles open up a room even more and reflect bits and pieces of things you might not otherwise notice.
5. Use small sources of light – LAmpshades that concentrate the light give the impression that a space is smaller.
6. Leave the ceiling unlit or you’ll feel it’s on your head – Several small lamps will add character and depth to the room.
9. Add interior windows – (open spaces in a wall) to allow light, air and conversations to pass from room to room.
10. Keep the eye moving – Make window treatments and walls the same colour.
11. Get rid of doors wherever you can – Replace them if you like with light curtains.
12. Go for things of good quality – In a small space everything received attention.
I love using mirrors
I have a preference for round tables. I really appreicated teh "Make window treatments and walls the same colour" this is one I need to incorportate.
I love round tables, too – I always bonk my hip on straight-edged tables!
I am totally guilty of #1!!!
These are great tips – I am going to have to do one at a time! What I also like to do, instead of curtains for doors, if I have a book shelf that is just used to house boxes/bills etc. in my office, I make curtains to cover up what totally boring things are on the shelves!
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That's a good idea – covering a boring bookshelf! Sometimes it is best to just cover up things like that.
I have used mirrors in the past but the round table is a real good idea
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oh cool, Brett! You were a home décor pro and didn't even know it! yep, I have many-a-bruise from table edges.
Beeb Ashcroft says
These are good tips! My house is a decent size and pretty "Open", so I haven't really needed to make the space appear bigger, but I do try to utilize every inch of room. For example, my laundry room is tiny and had very little storage, so my fiance built custom cabinets all along the walls for storage. It really made the room so much better!
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That's a good idea for your laundry room – every bit of storage counts!
Tara Funair says
Great ideas. I am guilty of doing the opposite of almost everything to make any space in my house look bigger. I need some help 🙂