How to Give the Illusion of More Space in Your Home
Feeling cramped in a small place not only makes it difficult to organize your belongings, but it can also affect your mental health, mood, and ability to relax. In fact, research shows that tiny spaces can cause claustrophobia and increase your stress levels. So, during the COVID-19 pandemic, where social distancing has caused people to stay at home for weeks, feeling like you can move freely in your home is extra important.
What's great is you don't need excessive amounts of physical space for your home to feel spacious. Really, size can be an optical illusion - these simple tricks and additions make a big difference to how you (and your guests) will perceive the dimensions of a room, hallway, or general layout.
Mirrors are an inexpensive way to immediately give the illusion of more space in your home. The bigger the mirror, the more space you can make.
Because mirrors reflect light, they help add more depth to corners and tight spaces, while also seeming to enlarge them. A good tip is to place mirrors near windows with plenty of natural light, as this will prevent the illusion of space seeming artificial.
Another idea is to use ceiling-to-floor mirrors in your home. These are particularly stylish, and when placed on a blank wall, the mirror can look like another doorway and build layers to your home.
Color is key when it comes to creating space. Just as mirrors reflect light, dark colors absorb light and make a room appear smaller. To counter this, white walls are timeless and make any space feel larger, plus they can act as a canvas for accent pieces or tones.
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For the optimal effect, soft tones of blue and green are perfect. Plus, painting the borders of your walls a slightly lighter color than the base will enhance the sensation of space even more. That said, monochrome is also great because its simplicity and metallic coloring don’t overwhelm a space - allowing the brain to focus on the open parts of the room.
The objects in your home are part of a larger picture that influences the size of a room. It's best to avoid putting large furniture items in small spots - this will only emphasize the lack of space and appear cramped.
Instead, minimalism is a trusted rule of thumb. Less is more when it comes to furniture, and will help you make aesthetic decisions that keep your room feeling light and uncluttered.
Wooden furniture is always a chic choice and pairs well with the color schemes mentioned in the previous section. The natural qualities of wood also add to the sense of openness. Once you've settled on the right furniture, ensure that things like coffee tables, chairs, sofas, and tables are slightly raised from the ground. This technique will mean light emerging from underneath the pieces won't be blocked and close-off the room.
To elongate the dimensions of a room, the base of it should be continuous. Different patterns can cut a room into separate sections and look too 'busy' to be spacious. The most powerful interior design ideas stem from using the same flooring throughout a home to create a flowing effect.
That said, floor renovations can be pricey, so classic alternatives include hardwood in the living room, white tiling in the kitchen, and cream carpets in the bedrooms. Just be conscious not to use rugs as these break up the flooring theme.
The way the flooring is installed should be taken into consideration too. If you opt for laminate or tiled floors, pieces that are placed parallel to the longest wall in the room will give the biggest illusion of more space.
These home decor ideas prove that you don't have to live in a mansion to enjoy large amounts of space.
In the same way that architects adopt small fixes to alter how people interact with space in public areas, you can do the same in your home. And, if you're not ready to commit to the changes just yet, the DecorMatters app allows you to experiment with virtual renovations. Play with mirrors, color schemes, furniture, and flooring in the app to boost your house design and how you feel in your home.