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Small to spacious

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by recipiesdirect, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. recipiesdirect

    recipiesdirect Bronze IL'ite

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    1. Use Light Colors

    Light and brightly colored walls are more reflective, which will help to maximize the effect created by natural light. This does not mean you have to live with white walls. There are a wide range of light colors paints available, such as light green or cream beige.

    Once you've chosen your wall color, choose your trim and moldings colors. Paint your trims and moldings in either the same hue as the walls, or a lighter color. Lighter objects appear closer while darker or shadowed objects appear further away. When you paint your moldings a lighter color, the wall appears further back - thus making your room appear bigger.

    If your colors are already dark, try to move the darker colors to a 'background' role while maximizing your neutral white or ivory. Be careful when using wallpaper. Solid colors are the safest, with tiny patterns taking a close second. Whatever the wall color or finish the ceiling in a small room be painted stark white to maximize brightness.

    2. Mirrors

    Mirrors can have a favorable impact on a room's appearance. A large mirror in the room will reflect light around the room. The mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger. This is especially effective with near a window so the outdoors can be reflected.

    3. Arrange Furniture At Angles

    Arrange some of your larger pieces of furniture at a angle. You don't have to place the furniture at an exact 45 degree angle, often a lesser angle looks best if you can balance the look with another furniture piece.

    Setting your furniture at an angle works because the longest straight line in any given room is it's diagonal. When you place your furniture at an angle, it leads the eye along the longer distance, rather than the shorter wall. As an added bonus, you often get some additional storage space behind the piece in the corner, too!

    4. Scale Furniture

    Keep furnishings in scale with the rooms. In small rooms, use slim rockers, open-back chairs or a simple sofa or love seat rather than overstuffed furnishings to avoid overpowering the space.

    In small spaces be careful not to over use accessories. Remember, less is more if you want to create that open feeling. Mirrors and shiny reflective accessories help create the illusion of more space. Larger patterns should be limited to pillows and smaller accessories rather than a large sofa or love seat.

    5. Lightings

    Use a soft even light and eliminate shadows which tend to slice a room up into smaller spaces. Incandescent lighting will also soften a room. Avoid ceiling lighting this will visually lower your ceiling.

    Keep your apartment simple and clean. If you don't need it throw it out!

    Clutter free - Stress-free! Less is more


  2. Jpatma

    Jpatma Silver IL'ite

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    Thanks for the lovely suggestion to maximise and give a lovely ambience
  3. swathi14

    swathi14 IL Hall of Fame

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    Very useful tips. By our decoration, we can make even a smaller apartment a spacious one. all your tips are practically possible.

    thanks for sharing.


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