Learning how to make your house more spacious is a bit of an optical trick, sure. But it is a trick that is not only for aesthetic purposes. Making your house appear more spacious also give you a subconscious feeling of more breathing room. Many of us can become a bit claustrophobic in a tight space. Small spaces can also give slight general anxiety. Frustrations are also more common in tight spaces, due to the aforementioned feelings. By creating the feeling of more space in a room, we can alleviate these feelings. Plenty of studies have been done showing that those who have less day-to-day anxiety live happier and more productive lives. Making a house more spacious may seem like a small improvement. Nevertheless, consider the long-term effects of being a little calmer and at peace with your surroundings.
Be it a large or a small room, placing a wall-size mirror in it can help the room feel larger. The reason being that the eyes feel they have a greater distance to scan. When we have a bare wall, we focus on the limitation. When there is a mirror placed along the wall, our eyes see to the wall and then all the way back to the opposing wall. In essence, you have doubled the amount of space your eyes have to view.
Do Not Cut Off Corners
When you cut off corners with furniture, you are essentially sacrificing space. By placing furniture against the walls lengthwise and avoiding cutting off the corner, you open up the room. Having an open room leaves you with the sense of more space to work with. That is because you quite literally do. It is amazing how restrictive cutting off just a square quarter-meter can do to tighten up a room.
Monochromatic and Neutral Schemes
When you use a single color in a room, the furniture and set pieces can blend more easily into walls. This helps make the room look more continuous and not blocked into particular pieces. Just like using mirrors, this is a simple optical illusion that makes it easier for your eyes to use a continuous scan. You can also use neutral colors. Using colors that are too vibrant or clash can cause segmentation to the eyes that make the room seem smaller. Using neutral colors and going from lighter to darker colors will help the room seem taller, thus bigger.
Give Entrances Space
Crowding the entrance and exit of a room can make it feel constrictive. Instead, allow space between furniture and the doorway. This opens up the room to seem more inclusive and not as closed off. Try to utilize additional components that make the doorway seem wider and more open as well. This will give the entire room a more open and extended feel.
Using each of these simple, but often overlooked tricks can help your eyes take in a room as a larger space than it really is. While the room may not truly extend in size, you can feel like you can spread out just a bit easier.
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