Do you have a room that’s simply smaller than you’d like? Are you stuck in a home that has a serious lack of space? If you do, you’re not alone. Many people across the country are constantly looking for new ways to make their rooms look larger. In fact, a recent article in OnMilwaukee details one designer’s answer to this question.
In Steinhafels’ Ask the Designer: How to create the look of more space in a room, the author discusses the fact that “home” can mean different things to everyone, but one thing’s for sure: it’s all about having a space that reflects your personality, no matter what that personality is. The difficult part is creating that vision on your own.
That’s where online tutorials can come in. The article linked to above includes an answer to one particular question, which is how to create the appearance of more space in a small room. It may seem very challenging at first but Aaron Keller answers with some unique options. In fact, he’s got five tips to help make a room look bigger.
Make sure the scale is right. Yes, this involves using the tape measure but it’ll be worth it. Buy furniture that fits within the room because one of the most common mistakes people make is to buy furniture that’s too large to fit comfortably within a small space.
Light paint colors can help make a space look bigger so be sure to avoid dark paint. If you have an open concept home, use the same color – or at least the same color family – throughout. The fewer your visual breaks are, the larger the space will feel. And one thing the author stresses clearly is not to add accent walls.
Area rugs in light colors can help open up the space and thus make it look larger.
Mirrors are one of the most cost effective, beautiful ways to help make a space look bigger. They reflect light, which creates the illusion of more space.
Find ways to draw the eyes up. For example, if a room is tall, then adding a tall floor lamp or hanging artwork high on the wall will help the room look bigger.
Of course, one of the best ways to draw the eyes upward is by hanging your draperies from just below the ceiling. Half Price Drapes offers numerous curtains in extra-long lengths or you can have your curtains custom made.