If you’d love your kitchen, bedroom or living room to be larger (who doesn't?), but just don’t have the budget or the space you need to extend, it can be frustrating. However, there are
ways to get closer to your perfect room. You’ve just got to be clever and use a few little tricks to make the room appear larger.
1. Use stripes
If you’re going to be laying wood flooring, use narrow planks to make the room appear longer. Lay them vertically to make the room appear longer, or horizontally for a wider affect. If you’re not planning on changing your flooring, adding a striped rug can create the same effect.
2. Hang long curtains
Long curtains hung over windows draw the eye upwards, making your room appear larger. If you’d like to get extra benefit from your curtains, make them the same colour as your walls. This will create continuity and maximise the sense of space.
3. Use a light colour scheme
Light colours will reflect the light around your room which will add a feeling of spaciousness. If you want it to feel more cosy, add splashes of dark colours with accessories or go tonal with your furniture, which won’t affect how big the room feels.
4. Make the most of natural light
Natural light opens up any space, so making the most of what you’ve got is important. Move anything that’s blocking windows and allow the light to fill the room. Certain times of day will bring more natural light than others depending which way your windows face, so be sure to spend time in the room when the light is optimal.
5. Add mirrors
If you have a dark room with very little natural light, look to the Swedes who have been using mirrors for centuries to offset the darkness of their short days. Not only do mirrors reflect light within the room, the illusion of extended space can make the room feel up to twice as big. For maximum effect, opt for one large mirror placed on the wall whichever way makes the room look largest.
6. Choose raised furniture
Sofas and chairs that sit on exposed legs and frames create a feeling of lightness and space. The more streamlined and modernist the design - think Hans Wegner - the lighter they are visually, allowing they eye to take in more of the surrounding space.
Get rid of paper clutter or objects that are laying around because there isn't a proper place for them - find one as the junk collection will only get bigger! Also, a good sweep or vacuum of the floors and rugs will do wonders for making a space seem larger, even if they don't register visually as being all that dirty - have you noticed how the room you've just cleaned the floors and surfaces of always looks instantly larger afterward? And it's psychologically beneficial as well, you'll just feel better.
There are plenty of ways to make your room feel larger, without having to break the bank to renovate or even relocate. Try your hand at a few of these ideas, and share with us any useful tips that you’ve discovered!