Guest Blog: Sofia Lockett

Guest Blog: Sofia Lockett

How to Make Your Small Home Feel Bigger and Better

If you are looking for ideas as to how to make your small home feel bigger and better, then read on…

How to make a small room look bigger with paint
Choose light colors which reflect the light, and also have a space increasing, airy effect. Dark colors absorb light and make a room look smaller and more confined. Paint all of the walls the same shade. This encourages your eyes to move freely around the room. Painting walls in different colors causes your eyes to come to a stop at the color change and so draws attention to the boundary. Paint the moldings and trim in a lighter shade than the walls. This creates the illusion that the walls are further away, making small spaces look bigger. Painting the ceiling in a lighter tone than the walls has a similar effect.

How to make a small room look bigger with mirrors
Cleverly positioned mirrors can bounce light into all parts of the room to give the impression of more space. Place them so that they reflect natural light during the day and artificial light during the night. Using mirrors to reflect outside spaces gives a feeling of expansiveness. Remember that mirrors do not only have to be hung on the walls. Try mirrored cabinet doors or tabletops to create a lighter, brighter effect.

How to make a room look bigger with wallpaper
Striped wallpaper can stretch a room. Use vertical stripes to give the room a taller aspect. Horizontal stripes are the perfect solution to the problem of how to make a narrow room appear wider. Creating a feature wall using striped wallpaper or one with a repeat pattern, can help to draw attention away from the small size of the room. A dramatic wall mural can also add depth.

Other things to consider when decorating a small room to look bigger
Lightweight draperies give a breezy, spacious, airy feeling. Curtains of a similar colour to that of the walls are a good choice for how to make a room look bigger with drapes. These do not break up and draw attention to either the smallness of the wall or the small size of the window. When considering flooring, choose wide boards to have fewer jins. Place the boards running lengthways to make the room seem longer. Laying the floor diagonally can give a different perspective which can create visual interest. Tiles or carpets with large designs are a good choice if you are trying to decide how to make a room look bigger with flooring.

Finally, here are Sarah’s top three rules for small space living.
1. Choose furniture with feet or legs
This allows light to circulate better and lets you see the continuous flooring. Furniture which sits down on the floor creates boundaries which make a room feel smaller.
2. Place lamps in all the corners.
Illuminating the corners with lamps or lights encourages our eyes to view right to the furthest points. This helps to increase the perceived size of the room.
3. Invest in multi-purpose furniture.
Choosing furniture with different functions means that you do not need to clutter up your space. Take advantage of the many different designs of furniture which have more than one use.

Sofia Lockett is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand. Sofia has previously written for NZ sites such as Sea Containers NZ. She is passionate about travel, interior design, and home trends. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her checking out the latest design news and blogs.

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