Is one of more of the rooms in your house smaller than you would like? There are several different home interior tricks to making a small room seem larger than it really is. Changes can be made cosmetically (painting, lighting) as well as physically (furniture, organization) to maximize the appearance of your room.
No matter if the small room is a bedroom, the living room, or the kitchen, several basic principles need to be followed for the perfect home interior. One – Keep clutter to a minimum. This may mean buying drawer organizers to keep “things” neat in their places in a drawer instead of on a countertop. Buy a bookshelf to stack books up instead of on the floor or table. Limit the amount of knick knacks to only what fits comfortably on your current shelving.
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Keep only what you need. If you haven’t used it, worn it, opened it, tried it, tasted it, or needed it in 18 months, get rid of it. This helps keep the clutter under control also.
To cosmetically alter the appearance of a small room, cover the walls with a light color, such as beige, cream, pale yellow, mauve, or pastels. Light colors reflect light from the sun and lamps, thus making a room appear more open and roomier. A white or very pale beige on the ceiling also reflects back more light and enlarges the presence. Dark colors can make a room feel closed in and small by limiting the light sources. Light-colored rugs or carpeting also extend the appearance of a larger area.
Paint Can Make a Small Room Look Larger
Tricks that can make a room appear bigger include vertical stripes in wallpaper or paint. If painting, use thin strokes that compliment the wall or furniture colors. Stripes can run from floor to ceiling or start from a chair railing and either go up or down. When choosing wallpaper, choose a small print or thin stripe to use. Small prints are easier to match up also.
Lighting also plays an important role in a room’s appearance for the perfect home interior. Use lamps with light-colored shades to adequately filter the wattage from the light bulb. Dark shades can hinder reflection, giving a dark appearance, which makes a room poorly lit. Use light bulbs with 75 watts of power or higher, but allows follow the guidelines recommended by the lamp manufacturer.
When placing furniture in a small room, try groupings a large piece followed by a small piece. For example, a tall lamp next to a short-backed chair. A tall bookcase is next to the couch. If you are limited in budget and have to make do with furniture already bought, arrange it in conversation style as best as possible. A couch with an end table, facing one or two chairs with an end table and lamp.
Common Furniture Arranging
If your budget allows, buy tall furniture to give the added appearance of height to the walls. Add real or fake plants to sit atop for an extra few inches. Buy a loveseat instead of a full-sized couch to save on room. Use narrower end tables or none at all if possible. Floor lamps work well beside or behind a large piece of furniture and reflect the light off the wall and down from the ceiling in one piece.
Buy baskets that can be placed inside shelves or under couches and beds to store extra items and knick-knacks. Clutter takes up a lot of precious room, and by maintaining its organization, a room will appear more open.