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HOW TO CREATE THE FEELING OF SPACE IN ANY ROOM

May 7th, 2016

Modern living spaces are often typified by a distinct lack of space. Particularly in cities space is at an absolute premium. Combine this with our tendency to collect clutter and belongings and even the nicest space can quickly start feeling cramped. Whilst we can’t often increase the space in our home we can create the feeling and illusion of space in any room. Here we look at just a few of our tips to increase space.


Create Light


If you follow this blog regularly you know that we regularly espouse the virtues of creating more light in a space. Natural light is the best place to start and increase window space is a great way to make a room feel larger. This isn’t always possible without extensive building work though so the alternative is to increase artificial lighting. Low level lighting tends to draw in spaces, making them warm and cosy. In contrast bright lights and spotlights help expand a space. We like to use lots of individual dimmable lighting so that you can tailor a room to the mood you want to create. You can also use mirrors effectively to make a room feel like it is opening up.

Declutter

The more that is on display the more busy a room feels. This actually applies to everything from furniture to books and ornaments. Many of us fill our rooms with stuff and often every part ends up feeling cluttered. A better approach is to have just one or two ornaments in each section of the room. These pieces help open up spaces. In the same vein you should also consider organising more fully – finding closed spaces for items so that they don’t make your rooms feel messy.

Reorganise Your Furniture

Furniture should be organised carefully to maximise the feeling of space. Start by identifying currently dead spaces such as those behind furniture or between areas of the room. Then try drawing furniture away from other pieces as much as possible. In living rooms sofas and chairs should be separated out to allow free movement, in bedrooms beds should have lots of space on either side to allow you to dress and move around without bumping into anything.

Recreate Nature

Our brains associate space with nature and we can copy this feeling in our homes. Natural light is, of course, a big impacting factor but you can also recreate nature in other ways including with plants, woods, animals and most interestingly colour.

Colour

Colour helps you recreate the feeling of space. Lighter colours reflect more natural light which makes a room appear bigger to our eyes. Try and include colour in your rooms and intersperse it with lighter art pieces that help bring a room to life.

Optimise your Space

Finally, building in furniture to your home helps avoid dead spaces in the rooms but also allows you to organise things more effectively. As you know what you have in your home you can customise your space to match your belongings (and leave room for any more).  Built in storage, shelving and cupboards can increase the available space in your home dramatically and, though expensive, allow you to create a completely unique interior design for your home.

Author: Faiza Seth

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