How to make any room look bigger
by Melissa & Clare, Oct 2016
Unless you’re this week’s Lotto winner and have £26million to spend, your home may not be the mansion that you’ve always dreamed of. All is not lost though – there are plenty of tips and tricks to make your home look and feel bigger than it is.
- Create a mirror image – place a large single mirror in the room so it reflects a focal point.
A sizeable mirror can open up a room, making it appear double its actual size. By reflecting both artificial and natural light, the space will appear both bigger and brighter.
- Let there be light – keep window coverings sheer and open, and invest in lamps and LED spotlights.
With no dark corners, a light filled room will naturally appear larger and more inviting. by opening up the windows, you will connect the room to the outdoors, further enhancing the feeling of space.
- Raise a leg (or four) – keep furniture off the floor and avoid sofas and armchairs with skirts.
By choosing furniture raised on legs, light can circulate freely underneath, opening up the feeling of space around it.
- Expel clutter – clear out the clutter. An untidy room can look half its actual size.
With too many focal points for your eye to be drawn to and less space to move, a cluttered room will always seem smaller and more crowded. (Check out our blog post on a clutter-free home!)
- Plan out positions – place large items against walls and never let furniture block walkways.
By placing your furniture around the edges of a room, it opens up the centre and enables you to move around more freely, creating the illusion that the space is bigger than it actually is.
- Big up your books – install floor-to-ceiling bookcases to add hight to a room and add some extra storage space.
Short bookcases break up the wall space, cutting the proportions. Ones that reach the ceiling make the walls appear taller, and the room grander, by drawing the eye upwards.
- Forget the fuss – when picking a rug or wallpaper, avoid busy patterns.
Too many bold, busy or fussy patterns in a small room will make it appear cluttered. Opt for delicate prints in soft colours.
- Lighten up – stick to a light, cool colour scheme and mix it up with accent pieces.
Dark colours absorb light, whereas pale shades reflect it, creating the illusion that the room is larger than it is.
- Scale to size – furniture should be scaled so that it fits the dimensions of the room.
Large furniture takes up space. Plus oversized pieces such as sofas can dwarf the appearance of a room. Opt for small and space-saving.
- Choose multi-purpose pieces – invest in multifunctional furniture to simplify your room.
The less furniture you have, the more spacious your room will be. Look for pieces with hidden storage or ones that serve multiple purposes.