Tips & Tricks
By Leigh Smith | January 12, 2021
1. Color can have a significant impact on how a room feels and looks. For example, if you had dark walls and a dark floor, your space may feel cramped or smaller than it is. One way to enlarge your area is to coordinate a light-colored floor with a light-colored wall color. Another option is to choose a darker floor and pair it with a light wall and ceiling color. This contrast between the dark floor and light ceiling will make your room feel taller and more open.
2. Having an unobstructed walking path and proper clearance around your furniture will create an illusion of a larger room. Cramming large pieces of furniture together creates a physical and visual block that makes your room feel small and hard to navigate. If your furniture layout only allows for one possible traffic path, you may want to try something new. To help open floor space, you can add wall shelving or built-in shelving. This will reduce the need for bulky items like chests and bookcases. Utilizing vertical space can also emphasize height and add more display space, keeping clutter off your floor.
3. Decorate with intent. Decorate your walls with mirrors to reflect your room and make it feel open. Mirrors also help enhance natural light and brighten up a room. Avoid cluttering your tabletops and shelving with knick-knacks. Clutter can instantly shrink a space and make it feel cramped. When decorating your walls, avoid lots of small prints and frames that can look busy and messy. Opt for a few large pictures to give your space a coherent, clean look.
4. Having proper lighting in your room is essential if you have a limited amount of space. Lack of adequate lighting can cause create shadows in corners or against particular walls, which visually compresses a room. If you don't have space for extra lamps, consider a lightbulb with a higher lumen output. It's also best to maximize the use of natural light when you can! Sheer curtains let light filter in and look lighter than a blackout curtain.
5. Flooring makes a big difference in the way rooms feel. If you have a small space, you can try laying your flooring on a diagonal to trick the eye and create an illusion of perspective and width. If a room is wider than it is long, lay the planks parallel to the wall to expand on the room's width. The same goes for a narrow space. The overall length and width of the plank can augment the look of a room. For example, a small width floor looks busy and outdated. Wide, long planks minimize the amount of flooring needed and looks more seamless. If you have a small kitchen or bathroom and choose tile floors, go for a larger format tile rather than something small like a penny round. Keep the grout a similar color to the tile to create uniformity. Using a grout that contrasts can break up the floor and look busy.