Wednesday, October 23, 2013
With the rise of condos left and right around the metro, space has become such a premium in the market. From student dorm rooms and conveniently located weekday homes to real estate investments and full-fledged homes, these condos offer accessibility and convenience. But aside from these advantages, the limited spaces may also become a bit of a challenge for some homeowners.
However, you don’t have to go a long way to remedy these narrow hallways and compact rooms. There are simple ways to create illusions and make spaces look bigger.
1. Use light-colored paint on walls
The use of light colors for walls opens up a room and makes it look brighter than it actually is. The corners and angles of a room become invisible, and a sense of openness fills the space. Whites, beiges and creams evoke an airy atmosphere and are good, neutral options for any room. To further enhance the effect, paint baseboard and cornice moldings in the same color.
2. Lay flooring diagonally across the room
Another simple trick to make a room look bigger is laying floor tiles or wood planks diagonally across a room. This diagonal treatment creates longer lines that trick the eye into seeing a wider space. Perfect for narrow rooms, diagonal flooring also makes the space look interesting.
3. Use mirrors as wall cladding
The reflection from mirrors automatically doubles any space. When combined with other materials in interesting patterns and designs, it may also serve as a point of dramatic visual interest.
Material combinations may be metal or wood in a variety of finishes and colors, depending on the look you are going for. For an intricate oriental design, go for Balinese-inspired leaf patterns in walnut wood finish. On the flipside, you may also opt for an ultra-modern vibe with geometric patterns using