Many is the small room that can be made to appear bigger than it really is through the magic of creative décor. If you want to make a room seem bigger then it actually is, you have a few decisions to make. The addition of subtraction of certain points that are usually taken for granted will make a huge difference in how big or small a room will look at the end of the day. Take these four points into consideration when working in a small room.
1. Blinds Or Curtains
2. Crown molding or No
3. Painting Ceilings
Blinds Work Best
The addition of curtains or blinds in any given room goes a long way to determining how the mind perceived the space in that room. Blinds make a room look bigger because they do not take up any space. Being recessed into a window frame, they provide no measuring focal points. Curtains and drapes on the other hand, take up space outside of the windows frame and give the eye direct line of sight to distance between the valance and the ceiling or the drapes from the floor. A small room will look smaller with drapes.
Crown molding in the corners where ceiling meets wall look fantastic and add elegance to any room. The beautiful craftsmanship of crown molding can add depth to the room and give it an air of sophistication. It also draws lines and creates shapes and that can make a room appear much smaller. A room without the benefit of crown molding has no lines to draw the eye save that of the color change between wall and ceiling. Crown molding makes a room seem smaller than it actually is.
No Color Breaks
Speaking of paint, you do not have to have a color change between ceiling and wall. Painting your ceiling the same light color as the wall takes away the color change lines that tell the brain where the corners are and make a room seem smaller. Without color change lines, the room will appear bigger and more spacious as long as you focus on other objects within the room. Paint your ceiling, walls the same light shade, and add a noticeable focal point to catch the eye upon entrance. The first impression that the room is bigger than it is will stick. Light color walls add space and help to avoid a cave like feeling.
Lighting Lower Shadows
An even lighting scheme throughout the lower level of a room lends space to the room by eliminating the shadows that can gather in low corners. If you light the room at a lower point rather than lighting from the ceiling down, you can add several feet of space to its appearance. Small lower lamps that have low wattage and natural window light are the best kinds of space adding light. However, it is important that you light the entire lower half of the room and not just one corner. You want the shadowy area to be above eyelevel.
These four tips should help you create space where there is none. If you use recessed lighting to highlight a portrait or art, light from the top down to keep excess light off the ceiling. Smaller, armless furniture adds space as well. Avoid anything that would seem bigger than the rest of the décor and you will have a more open room, which will appear bigger than it actually is. Earth tones and subdues colors work best in décor when adding space. Dark colored walls feel like the walls of a cave in a small room. The trick is to contrast between light walls and dark furnishings.