|You don't have to throw things away for a more spacious room|
It would be nice if everyone could afford to live in a sprawling mansion
in the country, but most people will have to settle for apartments and houses
that are a little smaller than they'd like.
If you're feeling a little cramped in your new home, you should try
re-decorating a bit to open it up. You
can use lighting tricks and hallway
runners to make rooms look more spacious, and there are some simple and
inexpensive things you can do that can make a big difference in your home.
Multi-function furniture like sofabeds and chests that can be used as
tables can help you use less furniture and as a result make your room look less
cluttered. Try using a dining room table
and chairs you can easily fold up and store when you don't need them. You could also give rearranging your
furniture a try and put all of your large pieces of furniture up against the
walls. That way you'll have more space available in the middle of the
room. If you can't line your furniture
up against the walls, try placing your furniture at an angle. When you put your furniture at an angle, it
naturally leads the eye along the longer distance instead of the shorter
Mirrors can help make any space look larger. Give your room a quick scan and determine
what area you want to be your focal point, then once you find it point and
angle your mirror towards it so you can create an illusion of depth. Mirrors can reflect natural and artificial
light to make a room appear brighter, and light they reflect deep into the room
can help appear larger.
Interior decorators have been using light color schemes to make small
rooms look much bigger for years, and it's all thanks to a simple optical
illusion. Light and brightly colored
walls are more reflective and help make spaces feel more open and airy, and
since dark colors absorb more light they can accidently make rooms look
smaller. If you don't have the time or
the money to repaint a room, simply focus on painting your wall trim and
moldings a lighter color than your walls.
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