Can you make your home feel bigger, without knocking down the walls? Shaynna Blaze shows you how.
Many older homes have small rooms but the Australian lifestyle has evolved over the decades and we want open plan living. So can you make your home feel bigger, without having to knock down the walls?
First of all, you need to de-clutter. Are there any unnecessary features or built ins that are taking up precious space? This bar area in the Gerringong property was pretty unattractive and took up a lot of space, so it had to go…
Busy textured patterns like wallpaper and bricks can make a room feel closed in. Uniform light colours visually push the walls out. In this case we used plasterboard to create a smooth light finish.
There are lots of visual tricks you can use with light to make a room appear larger, like when you’re painting. Choose a light colour for the walls, but instead of going for a contrast, select the same colour in a quarter or half strength for the trims and doors. That way they’ll blend together and make the room feel a lot more spacious.
Choose furniture in a similar shade to the walls and scale furniture to fit the room. An enormous sofa will just make the place feel cramped. And if you have a really small room, custom built in furniture could be the answer. Here I’ve turned this alcove into a compact home office, saving valuable floor space in the room itself.
Another visual trick is to steer away from boxy furniture. Choose sofas with legs, open mesh chairs, and glass tables. It allows the eye to focus on the room beyond, creating the illusion of more space.
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