How to Make a Room Feel Bigger
When renting, it is not always possible to knock out walls or make serious renovations in order to make your home or apartment look exactly how you want it. Luckily, there are some techniques that you can use to make rooms feel bigger without having to renovate:
A room can feel open and roomy or cramped and crowded, depending on how you set up your furniture and decor. Your larger pieces should be placed along the outer edges of the space to allow the room to flow. Make sure no furniture is blocking entrances or windows. Furniture should be placed in a way that allows for a clear pathway throughout.
While rugs are often chosen based on design and comfort underfoot, make sure that you pay close attention to the size as well. Rugs can serve as a major focal point, so use one large area rug rather than multiple small rugs in one room. Leave about a foot of space between your rug and the walls to create depth.
Built-in storage and bookcases are a modernized way to store items without taking up extra space. Built-ins can even make a room feel bigger, adding height and texture to the walls. You can even use furniture with built-in storage, such as coffee tables, benches, and ottomans.
When hanging a curtain rod, most people automatically install it just above the window. To make the room look more heightened, install the rod four to six inches above the window frame and use high curtains that extend to the floor. Another visual trick is to center your art vertically on the wall, but bring it down a few inches. This will help add more height to your ceiling.
Mirrors can provide many benefits to a small space. They reflect the space back at you, which makes it appear doubled in size and can bring in depth and dimension. If you are in need of more natural light, hang a mirror across from a window to reflect the light.
Lighter paint can go a long way in making a room appear larger. If you like bolder colors, go for an accent wall rather than painting the whole room. You can even add a color block, painting ⅔ of the vertical wall space with a bold color and ⅓ a light neutral.
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