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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Three Decorating Tips For Making Your Home Look and Feel Bigger

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 wall. 

Use Mirrors

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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