10 Tricks to Make Any Room Appear Bigger
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By Sara Tan
Not all of us have the luxury of living in a home with high ceilings and endless floor space, but a few simple tricks can transform any room into a spacious one. Here, maximize your square footage with these ten decor strategies.
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Dress windows with light, sheer curtains. This will allow light to filter in, making the space seem bigger and brighter. To make windows appear larger, hang curtains from the ceiling instead of the top of the panels.
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Hue Knew?3 of 11
While dark-colored walls can make a statement and create a cozy atmosphere, they absorb more light, making a room feel smaller. Paint walls in lighter shades like cream, beige, light blue or gray to help the light reflect and multiply throughout the space.
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Double-Duty Decor4 of 11
Create more room in any space by using multi-functional furniture. Find space-saving pieces like a chest that can serve as a coffee table or a bed with built in drawers to decrease clutter.
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Mirrors help to create a sense of space by reflecting and spreading light throughout a room. Group small mirrors together on a wall or use a floor length mirror for an added dose of drama.
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Incorporating raised furniture, like a sofa with legs, helps guide the eye up and expose more floor space, making a room appear bigger than it actually is.
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To add some interest to a room without making it feel cluttered (an instant space-shrinker) look to a single bold piece of art.
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Look to furniture and decor made from see-through materials, like Lucite or glass, to give a room a feeling of openness.
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Color Scheming9 of 11
Try varying shades of one hue to make your space feel more airy, while adding dimension to the decor of the room.
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Trade in bulky cabinets and bookcases for floating shelves to maximize limited space.
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Display smaller, decorative objects together and arrange them by color. Color-coding books and tchotchkes makes a space seem cleaner, more organized and helps to give an overall sense of harmony.
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