Decorating and design can help create the illusion of space in your home, but how does your home measure up? If it doesn't, here are a few suggestions to maximize your livable home space — even if only by appearance!
- The right use of colour can help expand the visual appeal in a room, as it "blurs" the edges, giving the illusion of more space.
- Use the same or a very similar colour on furniture and walls to give your room a smooth, unified feel.
- Opt for lighter, cooler colours to help open up your rooms.
An appropriate balance of furniture will make your space feel comfortable and add a feeling of spaciousness.
- Choose furniture pieces that are the proper scale for the room. This doesn't necessarily mean small, but instead proportional with the space.
- Don't overcrowd the room. Allow for open spaces and room to move.
- Use pieces that have a see-through feel, such as glass-topped end tables or a coffee table and open shelving units.
Designer Kimberley Seldon from Style At Home recommends opting for a two-seater couch instead of a three-seat style, as the third seat is rarely used, and a two-seater will allow more room for other furniture.
In a smaller space it's important to do away with clutter and keep all your things organized, as this will make your living area appear roomier.
- Use furniture that has built-in storage options, such as a coffee table with a shelf or a TV console with a cabinet.
- Incorporate built-in cabinets into your space, as they tend to blend into the room better than stand-alone pieces do.
Don't be afraid to build upward. Designer Suzanne Dimma of Canadian House & Home suggests using full-height storage to maximize your space.
A dimly lit space will appear small and cramped, so lighten up!
- Add mirrors. Not only will a reflective surface such as a mirror add the illusion of space, it will also bounce light around the room.
- Get rid of heavy window treatments such as drapes or large valances to help maximize the natural light coming in.
- Make use of the ceiling with an interesting chandelier or pendant lamp. These will light up the room without cluttering the space.
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