Monday, February 9, 2015

Tips to create the illusion of bigger space

In the competitive market of real estate, homes especially condominiums, apartments and townhouses are becoming more affordable and accessible to the working class. The sizes of these properties can go as big as a few hundred square meters or as small as 12 square meters, a size considered tiny and quaint, indeed, for some. 

But small spaces house a lot of potential. You can easily “grow” its size with the illusion of bigger space. To live comfortably in your personal space, here are some practical tips on how to create the illusion of bigger space in a small apartment. 

1. Mirrors – Strategically place mirrors along the length or width of a room or opposite walls to reflect bigger space. Also, light helps open up space so use mirrors to bring more light into a room. You may use floor to ceiling mirrors or smaller, individual pieces. 

2. Neutral/ monochromatic colors – A pleasing palette of neutral colors helps the eye skim easily around the room. Play with shades from the same palette to create depth. It’s not as boring as it sounds, as you can also create a more exciting space by playing with textures and small, well-chosen colourful accents. 

3. Bring more light – Lighting is key in small spaces as it helps open up and create a more inviting space. Well-placed bulbs can spell a big difference. Opt for simple designs of glass instead of heavy chandeliers in dark colors. If you are renovating, consider making space for bigger windows to allow more natural light to come in.  

4. Window rods – A small but effective trick to create an illusion of bigger space is to raise the curtain rods of your windows. Hanging them beyond the actual window and extending the bars beyond the width makes it seem that the ceiling is higher and the walls wider. If you have two small windows that are situated side to side, choose one curtain rod to embrace the entire length instead of two separate pieces. 


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