How to make a room look bigger
Every house has rooms that are odd-shaped, too big or too small – use our handy guide to help make a room look larger. Small rooms are easier to manage as you need less furniture and paint/wallpaper, however sometimes accidentally we can make those rooms look even smaller. Here are some things to think about in order to maximise your space and create the illusion of a larger room.
- Lighting – using natural light is always better for smaller spaces, open the blinds and do away with curtains, or alternatively use multiple sources of light such as lamps or wall lights instead of one big light to expand the room.
- Colours – use warm tones such as coral on the wall to create a splash of colour, as well as reflecting light to create a larger-looking space. If you have wooden skirting boards think about painting them white, as well as using lighter wood furniture.
- Mirrors – using mirrors is an age-old trick to create the illusion of a larger space. Larger mirrors are always better, and if possible arrange them to reflect natural light from a window to bounce more light around the room.
- Don’t forget the ceiling – once you have the 4 walls in the perfect colour, move onto the 5th wall – the ceiling. White or light-coloured paint is best, and the new trend of gloss ceilings is perfect to create a larger room. If you have a statement wall in a certain colour, think about using that same colour on the ceiling to create the illusion of an elongated wall.
- Storage – clutter in a room draws the eye and can make a small room appear even smaller. Think of ways to store items in a stylish way, such as baskets or woven boxes, or shelving units
- Carpets – light colours are again advised, but patterns such as striped carpets are a great way to elongate the floor, as they draw the eye in one direction, making the room appear larger than it is.
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