When space is precious, you have to pull out every trick in the decorator’s handbook to help make a room feel large.
1. Paint the entire room the same shade of white
Not only your walls and ceiling, but the skirtings, architraves and ceiling cornices. Basically, you want these to disappear into the room rather than highlight them which may make the room feel smaller.
2. Be consistent
Go for a unified colour scheme for your furnishings, textiles and light fixtures.
3. Make a statement
It’s okay to decorate your room with one large statement piece such as a king-size bed in the bedroom or an extra-wide sofa in the living room.
4. Be playful
Hang an eye-catching light fitting to infuse your room with personality.
5. Extend kitchen cabinet storage to the ceiling
Avoid the use of cabinet knobs, handles or pulls to reduce visual clutter.
6. Layer texture
Look for ways to add texture and interest, perhaps a herringbone tile or wood floor. Or include a beautiful rug.
7. Go big
Trick the eye into thinking small spaces are more open. A large photograph of an ocean or mirrors will provide a sense of window-like depth.
8. Go transparent
Choose your dining, coffee or side tables carefully with regard to size. Two smaller coffee tables may give you flexibility. And clear glass tabletops are not only easy to clean they provide clear sightlines which can only enhance the feeling of space.
9. The dark side
Choose a dark backdrop for a tabletop display of art and collectables that stands out.
10. Aim for visual calm
Keep clutter to a minimum. That means investing in lots of dual-purpose furniture – an ottoman with storage, a bed with drawers or it lifts to reveal a trove of your treasures.
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