New houses today are typically built with large, open living areas - a desirable quality for most home owners. But if you’re in an older property, and stuck with the walls where they are, there isn’t too much you can do about it… or is there?
Well the good news is, with a few tricks on the eye, you can make a small space look a lot bigger than what it is. And we’re certainly happy to let you in on those design secrets.
1. Colour is king
By colour, we mean neutral shades - pale greys, whites and creams. Lighter hues help to reflect light, and will visually help a room look brighter, more airy and in turn, more spacious.
It is important to ensure your curtains are the same shade, in order to have them blend into your walls and not distract the eye. Sheer drapes could also be appropriate, depending on the amount of natural light and privacy you are wanting to achieve.
2. There is a right way to dress your windows
Windows play an important part in helping a small space look big, so pay special attention to how you dress them by using the right hardware and fabric.
It is best to place your curtain rod closer to the ceiling than just above the window (around 150mm above the top of the window is ideal). And ensure your drapes are floor length. Again, this draws the eye upward along the entire curtain to create an illusion of height.
You should also try to have the rod expand wider than the actual window frame, this ensures you can open the curtains up completely, and let as much natural in as possible.
As with the previous tip, colour is critical when dressing your windows. At Harrisons Curtains and Blinds, we have over 500 fabrics and design to choose from. Meaning there is a colour, style and choice for everyone.
3. Carefully select furniture
Furniture choice for a small room is crucial. Consider couches and armchairs that are raised on legs, to help expose more space and light - not block it. And try to choose furniture that has a low profile, simply because of the fact that it leaves more space above them.
A rug can be really helpful in terms of defining an area and making a room ‘expand’ visually. It should be large enough to fit under most of your furniture, but sit around 1200mm out from the wall. Getting the right size here is crucial.
Glass coffee tables are also a great idea, as is placing a large mirror on a wall opposite the window (if possible). These reflective surfaces help to trick the eye into perceiving that a room is bigger than it is, as well as helping to create more light, rather than obstruct it.
4. Keep it simple
This is all about keeping a room free of clutter, and ensuring there is a flow. If any large objects are jamming up walkways, or lots of little things are making a room look full, it will busy the eye and make it feel like there is less available space to move around in.
Try not to include any furnishings that have a lot of unnecessary details, such as ruffles. Simple paneled drapes and blinds provide the practicality required for privacy and aiding with temperature control, but also won’t stand out by visually cluttering a space.
Get in touch today if you need the team from Harrisons to help you redefine the space in your home. Our consultants come to you, ensuring you choose the right window treatments.