In this feature we are delighted to share with you our top homeware tips for making a room look bigger using clever lighting and furnishing.
- Clever use of lighting
If you are not lucky enough to have a lot of natural light flowing into a room, creative lighting effects can make a big difference to a room. If you don’t have access to natural light ensure window coverings, blinds and curtains are pulled back away from the window connecting your room with the outdoors. Lamps, candles and cushions and throws in a bright colour or lanterns will help bring in special colour and focus attention.
- Use light colours
Cream colours, pastels and blues are the best colour combinations to convert a tiny room into a brighter living space. Brightly coloured walls make a room feel open and airy helping to maximise the effect created by light, whereas dark colours absorb light which in turn makes a room look smaller. Living room rugs can additionally help make a living room space look much larger and more inviting.
- Remove Clutter
Keeping an area tidy and organised is the key to making a room look larger. A cluttered room equals a smaller room. Making one item the key focus or focal point in the room is essential. When it comes to bedroom furniture this is likely to be the bed. Ensure there is no clutter placed on the bed and keep floor space clean and tidy. For dining room furniture its likely to be the kitchen table, where removing kitchen gadgets and tableware can lead to a more inviting space.
- Effective use of mirrors
This one is a bit obvious but is worth mentioning again. Effective placement of wall mirrors can make a room look much larger if a focal point is picked and the mirror is angled towards it which will in turn give the illusion of depth. Mirrors have the added benefit of reflecting natural and artificial light.
- Inspiring furniture pieces
Multi functional furniture pieces are great space savers. A chest or living room bench which is additionally used as a coffee table, a sofa bed or beds with underneath storage are great for ensuring little clutter. Another great idea is to choose a sofa and armchairs with open arms and exposed legs, allowing light to filter under the furniture to make the room appear airier.