How to Make Living Space Seem Larger
What with the inflation of prices all over the world, we could all use some cool ideas to keep from spending more than we should. If you could only spare enough rent for a small apartment or a loft, it shouldn’t be a problem. Here are a few more tips on how to make an illusion of a much bigger space.
Use mirrors. Oh, please, get your minds out of the gutter. Mirrored walls create an illusion of a larger space. It can also maximize your lighting. They are quite inexpensive, easy to install, and they can compliment whatever your wall color is. Just plan and position your mirrors so that they reflect open spaces. Simply-framed photos or Japanese prints are also good wall treatments. They also compliment the mirrors well.
Instead of cluttering your small room with various table lamps, why not try a central source of overhead lighting? One table lamp for accent is good enough. The clutter will only make the space smaller and well, cluttered.
If your windows are art pieces on their own, then you don’t have to dress them up. Heavy curtains and dark treatments will only make your room look small and gloomy. Try light-colored blinds, light muslin curtains, or a simple valence.
Choosing the right color scheme is integral in this project. Pale colored walls and ceiling reflect light better and hence give the illusion of extra space. White, neutrals, or even cool tints are best for this. For the floors, natural wood flooring or pale-colored tiles or linoleum is recommended. Avoid littering your floors with heavy rugs and carpets.
And lastly, use furniture with skinny legs. Save more by buying multi-taskers. A futon can be used as a couch during the day and a bed at night. Getting coffee tables and end tables with built-in shelves or storage space is much better. Just keep the scale small, and the color and prints light and simple. Be playful with the arrangement. Try not to just keep the furniture in hard right angles. A well-placed bamboo plant in a slim terracotta pot can also give the room a very relaxing ambiance.
August 19, 2008 Tuesday at 7:36 pm