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If your living space can only be described as ‘bijou’, then you will understand the frustrations of wanting to maximize the space without ending up looking like you are trying to cram too much into far too little an area. The trick is to fool your eye, and that of others, into making the room appear far more spacious, turning a cramped crib into a cozy cave. You can achieve this by choosing decor that emphasizes any light, making sure your color choices add space instead of weighing your room down.
Don’t be afraid to be experimental when it comes to new ideas. For example, replace traditional blinds with draping fabric as they draw the focus to the vertical, elongating the room.
One of the most common ways of expanding the space in your living room is by the use of mirrors. Hanging a large mirror in the center of the wall creates not only a beautiful focal point but also adds depth and reflects light, giving the appearance of a more airy space. Add ambiance by placing a candle or lamp directly in front. Where possible, position your mirror on the opposing wall to any windows in the too, as the optical illusion on first appearance may entice the mid to believe there is another window in the room. Image
Eyes Down…actually…eyes up!
Fill vertical space with a collection of small prints or pieces of art. This will, once again, give the appearance of a larger room. The same can be said for using more miniature ornaments or display pieces.
How you choose to furnish a more confined space is essential. The pieces you want must enhance but not dominate, embellish but not overwhelm a smaller room. A sprawling couch and armchairs may look comfortable but can easily swamp an area with limited square footage at your disposal. If you opt for a more traditional, tightly upholstered sofa with thinner armrests, then it will lend itself better to a small environment. If you lack the space for a suite, opt instead for four chairs around a coffee table. Consider armless chairs as they will take up less space than their long-limbed cousins. Alternatively ditch the coffee table altogether and buy end tables, which allow you to have that all prominent place to put your coffee, yet doesn’t take up the entire floor. This also gives the illusion of a larger floor area.
Color Me Happy
Image By using a palette of neutral colors when decorating, a selection of off-whites, creams and beige will give the appearance of a more extensive room. This is because softer tones and shades reflect light far more efficiently and will illuminate a cramped space. This trick also works well in the more compact washrooms or bathrooms.
When you shop for furniture, consider visual weight.A darker piece will give the impression of density and heaviness and can drag the air of the room down. Articles with a more lightweight appearance, of lighter color, will open up a place instead of filling it, which the darker pieces tend to do. Choosing furniture with legs is a wiser option than the more boxy, full types. Reflective items such as glass-topped coffee or end tables take up less visual space as they draw the eye through the piece rather than stunting it.
A small space can be an inviting one, so think light and breezy to make your intimate space free and easy.