Whether you own a Victorian townhouse with ceiling-high windows or a stylish city-dwellers apartment with compact rooms, it’s really useful to know how to make the most of the space you’ve got.
Implementing small changes in a room’s décor and layout can make a big difference when you’re trying to create the illusion of a larger space.
Adding floor-to-ceiling bookcases or shelves are a great way to accentuate how high your ceilings look, as well as doubling up as decorative storage solutions. However, try not to fill all of the shelves and leave some bare so it doesn’t look cluttered.
Whilst using medium colours can make rooms appear smaller, going with a very light, neutral palette can give the room an airy, spacious feel. In contrast, dark colours, when added to a feature wall, can give a room depth when next to bright white walls, creating the illusion of a bigger room.
Why wait until your next spring clean to de-clutter your house? Whether you live in a small space or not, messy and cluttered rooms can give your home a somewhat chaotic feel. To help with this, make sure you buy furniture that offers great storage solutions to save on space and allow for more room. This could be a fold-out sofabed, rotating shelves in cupboards, built-in wardrobes or using multi-functioning furniture, such as ottomans, which can be used for storage and a seat in one.
Take advantage of natural light, lifting blinds completely up and drawing back curtains during the day so the sunlight can reflect around the room. Strategically placed mirrors can also really help with this – the larger the better – as they not only reflect light but echo other parts of the room, creating an optical illusion that there’s more space than there actually is.
If any of your rooms lack natural light, try adding a few lamps spaced in different corners rather than relying on one overhead light – this can make the room feel more expansive.
You may think that smaller furniture is more suitable for cosier spaces but having large statement furniture to fill a room is far better than multiple small pieces, which can feel busy and cluttered.
The same logic applies to decorative items and art – having lots of little knick-knacks here and there has the same cluttering effect. Instead, opt for large scale art pieces that are colourful and bold, or use the triangle rule of symmetry when styling vignettes.
Whether you’re looking for storage solutions to declutter your home or statement mirrors to reflect more light, we have a huge range of furniture and homeware to help your home reach its full potential.
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