A gentleman’s home really is his castle, no matter how large or small it is. At some stage we all outgrow the space we have to live in, simply by accumulation of personal items. Resolving a lack of space can be achieved in many ways. This week in the first of a three part special we are looking at Decoration. You would be surprised what can be achieved by decorating alone, this can make the space look and feel larger without moving any walls! With colour, furniture arranging, and some serious lighting, your space won’t feel so cramped. With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and out to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it feel larger. Coffee tables are great in large spaces but don’t work in smaller rooms. If you can see the floor, the room will look larger. Light bright spaces feel much larger than small enclosed spaces so think about the colour on the walls. White is a good choice for the smallest of studio apartments. Avoid using dark colours as these can suck out what light there is in a room and make the room feel more closed in. Choose colours that are in the same colour spectrum. Use the same tone on furniture, walls, and curtains, and use the same colour throughout the house or apartment to increase the sense of continuity. Let in the light, any room will look larger if it’s well lit, either by natural light or artificial lighting. Blinds or shutters that can be pulled right back away from the window are great. Add more lamps or install wall lights or recessed lighting. Use of glass bricks in kitchens and bathrooms can let in light and create a special feature. Metal frame beds open up the space in a bedroom rather than bulky divans and glass dining tables work well in apartments or small dining rooms or areas. Installing a mirrored wall is a great way to make a room look larger, developers often use this trick in show homes. The space and the light will be reflected for a more open feeling. Mirrored furniture has a similar effect and is so on trend right now.
Next week in Part 2 of this 3 part series we’ll be looking at – Maximising storage