Most people currently have at least one room in their home, which could be a bit bigger. Whether it is a closet, bathroom, bedroom, living room, or kitchen, there are times when a space is indeed too small to accommodate your needs, and you may need to remodel. But before you begin knocking out walls, make sure you need more physical space and not just the illusion of more space. Sometimes a room just needs a few simple changes to make it feel and appear larger.
Color has a considerable effect on the apparent size of a room. If a room feels small, try applying a lighter color scheme. This concept applies to all parts of the room. From the walls and floors to the furniture, you can incorporate light, airy colors all over your space. In fact, a lighter paint scheme keeps the walls from feeling like they are closing in on you. You can also add an accent wall, which adds detail and depth to the room. Additionally, replacing the flooring in a room with either a lighter carpet or lighter colored wood can really brighten the room, making it feel larger. If you have dark wood floors and do not want to or are unable to replace them, you can lay down a lighter colored rug. Lightening up the furniture and decor in the room will have the same enlarging effect on a room.
Curtains are a chance to add the illusion of height and depth to a room. Choosing a brighter colored curtain and lighter fabric will lighten up the space. Be sure to hang your curtains just below the ceiling instead of at the window frame and make sure they hang all the way to the ground. Floor to ceiling curtains and vertical stripe patterns will create the illusion of height by drawing the eye up their entire length.
Wall Art and Mirrors
Wall art and mirrors can create a feeling of extra space in a room by creating depth. A mirror adds the illusion of depth in a room by allowing you to see multiple areas of the space at once, creating dimension. Hanging photographs of open spaces, such as landscapes, invites the feeling of an open oasis into the room’s design.
Your home is your safe space, and it should feel inviting and welcoming, not overwhelming and suffocating. Brighten up your rooms and make them feel larger so your home can be your oasis, a place where you have the space to breathe.