Decorate a room so it seems bigger

Here are a few tips to help make a small room appear larger.

  1. Open up the room by allowing an outside view or open a door to an adjoining larger room.
  2. Keep the walls light in colour, as light colours recede.
  3. Provide good illumination which will enhance a sense of space.
  4. Paint fascias, architraves, doors etc, and the same colour as the walls.  Strongly contrasting colours tend to segment a room and make it look smaller.
  5. Get rid of small ornaments, crowded pictures on walls and cluttered furnishings – it looks busy and reduces actual size.
  6. Ceilings should be painted white, giving the appearance of distance.  Darker ceilings give an appearance of closing in.
  7. Use the same flooring material throughout the room, a rug in the centre of the floor will chop a room up.
  8. If using tiles, larger ones are better than smaller ones.
  9. Use furniture that is proportional to the size of the room.  A large sofa will eat up too much room.
  10. Decorate windows simply.  Show stopping treatments such as billowing curtains encroach into the space of the room.


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