Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Design Tip Tuesday - Tips for Fooling the Eye and Making a Room Look Bigger - Part Two, Furniture

Furniture choice is the second part of our series on enlarging a small space. Using furniture to expand your small space plays a key part in making a space feel bigger.

Furniture takes up a lot of space in a room, so it’s important to ensure that each piece is the right scale and proportion to the room. Overstuffed and boxy furniture isn’t recommended as it will make a small space feel cramped.

Select pieces that are streamlined. Clean lines and tailored sofas and chairs are important. Items with too many patterns, embellishments or weight create chaos and the sense of a cramped space. Ensure that pieces are elevated off the floor to create spaciousness. By doing this, the eye is able to travel through the room without being obstructed resulting in the feeling of space.

Furniture colour should blend into the walls to widen out the room and give the feeling of openness. The colour does not have to match the wall exactly. It can be a shade or two lighter or darker. The idea is to not have any harsh lines to stop the eye from travelling through the room.

Mirror top or glass top pieces provide surface area for day to day function while creating a sense of space. By choosing these lighter pieces, you can actually get away with more surface area than if you chose a heavier weighted piece such as wood.

With this additional tip I'm hoping all of you with smaller rooms will be inspired to create the illusion of space.

Coming up on part three in the series will be lighting tips for enlarging a space.

Happy Decorating,

(Image: elledecor)

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