Space and illusion
Space planning is a fundamental element of the interior design process. It starts with an in-depth analysis of how space is to be used. One of the most common concerns among individuals is how to plan their spaces to ensure functionality and still keep it looking beautiful and airy. Often times, that’s a challenge. Making a small room appear larger than it is requires a few interior design hacks. Small rooms can feel confining and uncomfortable, but several design concepts can create an illusion, making the space look bigger. Just to mention a few: colour techniques, the arrangement of furniture, and proper lighting are some of the techniques.
Did you know that light colours make a room look bigger and brighter? The application of light and bright colours on walls presents them as more reflective and makes the space feel open and airy, maximizing the effect created by natural light. Try painting your wall trim and moldings in a lighter color than your walls. By doing so, the walls will appear further back, making your living room seem bigger.
Proper lighting is essential. A simple change in the placement or intensity of light can entirely alter what a space feels like. The light placement and intensity ought to be based on the use / functionality of the space. Provisions for natural light make the space look bigger. However, if your space has limited allowances for natural light, lighting fixtures can make a huge difference. If you have access to natural light, bringing it into your home through large windows will instantly connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting your space. Use sheer window coverings, or pull them back completely, to allow light in. If the view is bad, put plants or flowers near the windows and use lamps to brighten the space.
Too many items in a space makes it feel small. There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too many items. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open. A cluttered room equals a smaller room. Placing a large painting on the wall works better than having many small-sized ones. If there’s too much going on, the room automatically feels crowded. When decorating a small room, create a focal point/area or feature that will draw attention. In the dining room, this will probably be the table. In the bedroom, it will most likely be the bed. Make that focal point the star of the room. Arrange the furniture so that focus is drawn to that area, and keep the décor in the rest of the room to a minimum. Take out large rugs to create the illusion of more floor space.
Proper arrangement of furniture opens up the space. Sometimes furniture can take up a lot of space and to mitigate this, Marigold interior designers recommend the use of multi-functional furniture. Use an expandable dining table, folding tables and nesting tables, which can be tucked away when you don’t need them. Place larger pieces of furniture against the walls to maximize the open space.