Working with the space you’ve got!
I know a thing or two about living in small spaces. From our house on the RAF base my dad worked on (you walked two steps and that was my room) to my uni house room. Currently, the rental house we live in is the biggest space we’ve been in. But it’s still not the biggest. Throughout our renovations of our home (which you can follow on my Instagram feed) creating more space has always been number one in my mind. We’re almost done (two rooms to go!) and I cannot wait to show off our home once completed. Throughout this journey, I’ve learnt a thing or two on making a room feel bigger. Here are my top tips on making a room feel much bigger than it is…
CLEAR THE CUTTER.
Clutter is the one thing that can make a room feel bigger. No space should ever fill like it’s stuffed to the brim. Every room needs some breathing space. So take time to organise your room, clear the clutter and sort out the cupboards. Instantly, your eyes will feel more relaxed. Thus the room will feel bigger.
There’s nothing worse than poor lighting in a room. Especially if it has a bad bulb. Pools of light around your home will make a room feel bigger. Varying light in any space will help guide the eyes throughout the room. So add extra lighting sources into a room, table, floor and wall lamps. Thus inviting you into the space. Natural light is also a great way to make a room feel open and airy- so ditch the heavy curtains.
Mirrors are a great way to bounce light around the room. But they also allow the eye to travel through them. There are so many great, beautiful and affordable options, so they are a great inexpensive way to add more dimension and space to a room. One of my favourite places to get mirrors from is La Redoute, I’ve got two from there, with another one on the way! What’s great is that mirrors can work in any room, so your options are limitless.
PULL YOUR FURNITURE AWAY FROM THE WALL.
We all really love to push the furnirue up against the wall. We Brits have an obsession for it. In some rooms, pushing the furniture out and defining where the room ends can make the room feel cramp. This weekend, pull your sofa, chairs and consoles away from the wall, even just a few inches. It will make an enormous difference. This is the same with the space between the furniture, leave a little gap between them and allow them to breathe.
DRAW THE EYE UP.
Emphasizing the vertical line of a rookm will always make the room feel bigger. Adding height to a room will draw the eye up and make it feel bigger. So whether you paint the ceiling or adding shelving, it’s all about tricking the eye. In doing so, it also enhances the feeling of movement and flow. Artwork and prints also draw the eye up and you guys know now much I love my prints from Desenio. Which ever you choose, aim for portrait ones that draw the eye up.