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19.3.15

5 ways to create the illusion of more space | Guest Post

With more and more people turning to rented accommodation as house prices continue to rise we will find ourselves in smaller spaces than desired, leaving us having to make the most of what we have with property we can’t make a great deal of changes to.

However, there are plenty of ways to create the illusion of more space in your home. Try these simple tricks and enjoy your larger feeling, brighter home:

1. De-clutter first
It’s a good idea to start with a clean slate when it comes to creating the illusion of space. The less clutter you have to deal with, the easier it will be to manage your room and make a tiny living room look like a Georgian ballroom. Large furniture should be the first thing to go - consider storing it in a secure self storage unit through a company such as Kelly Store first if you can’t bear to get rid of it for good.

2. Use lighting wisely
A small room with poor lighting can feel like a cave so ensure you have plenty of lamps in the space to make things feel brighter. A tall standing lamp in one corner and a smaller lamp on a side table in the opposite corner should light your room evenly on those darker days.

3. Colour is important
You can’t go wrong with painting a whole room white (unless you have small children and toddlers with crayons). The colour serves as a blank canvas for your wall art and instantly makes any space feel larger, brighter and more inviting. If you’re clever and also install light coloured flooring your space should look much larger as unifying your wall and floor colour allows the eyes to move around the room without any interruption.

Dark colours can work, but only if they are carefully applied to the space. Horizontal striped walls in a bold or darker colour can make a narrow room seem wider and vertical stripes will help a low ceiling appear taller. Many people shy away from feature walls in smaller rooms but a large print can actually help create the illusion of more space - avoid small, busy prints though because they can make the room feel chaotic.

4. Choose mirrors over large wall art
A large, well-placed mirror can instantly create the illusion of space, as it reflects natural light and the room itself. When considered where to place your mirrors, Elle D├ęcor recommends hanging one in the bedroom near the window to make the most of the morning light and if you are fortunate enough to enjoy a south-facing living room, a mirror placed on the opposite wall to the window will help make the most of the soft afternoon sunshine.

5. Choose the right furniture
Finally, your furniture can really impact the illusion of space in your room. Avoid solid furniture, such as skirted sofas, and choose pieces that have raised legs as they will allow extra light to get around the room.