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Is your home on the smaller side?

Fear not, you can still have the open and spacious design you have always wanted.

Use some of these tips to trick the senses and help give the illusion your home is larger than what it actually is.


FOOL THE EYE

The most common method people use to make their home appear larger is by utilising an oversized mirror. A mirror will give the illusion your room continues on and on. Clear or glass furniture can have the same effect, so consider glass-topped tables or even vases and other clear accessories.
Large windows will also trick your eyes into believing your home is bigger than what it is. Leave the windows uncovered, and it will appear as though the room extends right out to your backyard. If you require some sort of window covering, try sheer white drapes for an airy and open feel.

Our Como 390 opens right out to the balcony.

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GO BRIGHT AND WHITE

Dark feature walls and darker fixtures can look great, but they will make the space appear smaller. Using light, neutral colours will take up less visual space and make the room feel more open. Whites, creams and even light greys that are close to your wall colour are all great options and you can use them for more substantial pieces in your home like a couch or table too.

This kitchen looks bright, clean and open because of the light colour choices.

home appear larger


LARGE FURNITURE IS NOT THE ENEMY

Contrary to popular belief, a few larger pieces of furniture in a small space can actually make your room feel less cluttered and more spacious. Opt for slim-line furniture that isn’t too bulky, and make sure there is room to move around the pieces. When done correctly, less can be more.

home appear larger

home appear larger


STORAGE FURNITURE HIDES THE MESS

Increase the functionality of your room and purchase furniture with built-in storage. Flip-top ottomans or beds with drawers can be used to help hide away everyday clutter that makes a room appear smaller.

The same principle applies to your décor. One large piece opposed to multiple smaller pieces will make the room feel less cluttered and makes more of a statement, just like in the examples below.

home appear larger

home appear larger


FURNITURE PLACEMENT IS IMPORTANT

Pushing all your furniture against the wall does not guarantee you will create more space. It is much more beneficial to leave space around each piece of furniture when trying to make your home appear larger.

READ MORE: THE IMPORTANCE OF FURNITURE PLACEMENT IN YOUR HOME


TAKE TO THE SKIES

Take advantage of the vertical space your home offers, and install floor-to-ceiling bookcases, floating shelves or tall pieces to draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of space. This frees up space on your floor, and you can even display some of your smaller décor where it will look less cluttered.

Grouping all your knick knacks like this will help turn it into one large feature.

home appear larger


CHOOSE YOUR FLOORING WISELY

The larger the tile, floorboard or pattern on your floor, the larger your room will look. It is as simple as that, and ever the smallest of rooms will benefit from this trick.

home appear larger

Do you have any tips to make your home appear larger?

Let us know in the comments!


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