ROOM DESIGNING - MAKE YOUR ROOM APPEAR LARGER
you have smaller rooms then you can make it look big
by the use of different colour schemes and different
designs that will fool the eye and create the illusion
of a bigger room. Follow the following tips.
your room appear bigger with Colour
The first and foremost guideline is to use light
colours. Light colours reflect light, while dark
colours absorb light, making the room look and feel
If your colours are already dark, try to move the
darker colours to a 'background' role while maximizing
your neutral white or ivory. Here are some examples.
For walls, paint the main portions a light shade
of one of your colours, and use the dark colours
in a border or painted trim.
Paint your wall trim and moldings a lighter colour
than your walls. This will give a 3-D effect - lighter
objects appear closer while darker or shadowed objects
appear further away. When you paint your moldings
a lighter colour, the wall appears further back
- thus making your room appear bigger.
For your fabrics, go for prints that use light backgrounds.
In the bedroom, use your darker colours for valance,
tiebacks, table scarves, accent pillows, and bedcovers;
and make the more prominent draperies, table covers,
and sheets in your lighter colours.
With proper furniture arrangement you can make your
room appear larger. Set some of your larger furniture
pieces at a diagonal. This works because the longest
straight line in any given room is it's diagonal.
When you place your furniture at an angle, it leads
the eye along the longer distance, rather than the
shorter wall. As an added bonus, you often get some
additional storage space behind the piece in the
Angle your bed so that it is coming out of a corner.
Usually one of the corners opposite the door is
best. This also gives you more available wall space
for dressers and bedside tables. If you have a corner
that your furniture looks lost in, bring it out
at an angle. This will help soften the edges of
your room and guide the eye around.
Choose less furniture's but large ones. In other
words, instead of choosing a smaller sofa, loveseat,
chair, coffee table, and end tables to crowd into
your living room, cut back and upscale. Choose a
larger set, but use only the sofa, chair, and one
off covering the walls with all your pictures, choose
a few of the larger pieces or arrangements and arrange
them to compliment your furniture placement. The
result will be that it will pull the attention toward
the large furnishings, and away from the actual
small size of the room.