“How to make my spaces feel larger?” is maybe one of the most popular questions we receive… and although we get pretty crafty with our angles/photography, majority of the spaces we’re actually shooting aren’t the biggest!
Over the years, we’ve added a few tried-and-true design principles to our toolbox that help make any space look and feel open and airy. And, it’s actually a bit easier than you’d think!
Today, we’re sharing some of our favorite tip and tricks and we hope this helps when designing your own spaces.
MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL…
This might be the most popular design technique, but mirrors are your best friend when it comes to making a room seem larger! The reason being is that natural light creates the illusion of space, and mirrors create the illusion of natural light. So, even in small spaces or rooms that lack large windows, a mirror can go a long way. If possible, we recommend a large, floor mirror to create as much “natural light” as possible.
LIGHT AND BRIGHT
This might be a no brainer, but opting for a light and bright color palette when it comes to the paint or furniture selections will do more than you think. From swapping out dark carpet or window treatments to replacing a bold wall color with a soft, light one, this tip can be easily executed over a weekend!
While we’re the first to gravitate towards a skirted sofa or round, upholstered ottoman, our favorite way to achieve the look of more floor space is by selecting focal furnishings with legs you can see. For example, if you’re adding seating to your living room, legged accent chairs versus skirted would create a more balanced, light and airy look.
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to go ahead and replace all your furniture but even swapping out a few pieces of yours with legged items can make a world of difference!
This tip seems a little confusing at first… Why would you wanted larger pieces when you’re limited on square footage? While it might seem counter intuitive, creating a large, focal point (especially if hung over a piece of furniture like a bed or sofa) can lead your eyes upwards and create the illusion of taller ceilings!