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Interior Design Tricks To Make Your Home Look Bigger

Posted by Doug Gardner on

Do you feel an overwhelming sense of claustrophobia and confinement when inside your home? The interior decor elements of a home play a major role in its mood. The wrong elements can draw the walls in, making it look and feel smaller. On the other hand, however, the right elements can open a home up so it feels larger and more spacious.

Allowing your home’s decor to create a sense of confinement throws off the entire balance of the environment, resulting in poor feng shui. Ideally, the decor should fall in harmony with the room’s function. Feng shui is the ancient Chinese principle of creating a harmonious environment by balancing design with function, so it only makes sense to utilize this principle in your home decor.

Hang a Mirror on The Wall

Mirrors are a versatile decorative accessory that’s particularly beneficial when used in small rooms, hallways or other areas throughout the house. A large mirror hung on the wall creates the optical illusion of a more spacious environment, negating the feeling of confinement.

If you’re struggling with a room that feels small and claustrophobic, try hanging a mirror on the wall. The optical illusion of a large space will subconsciously impact your view of the room. It’s not going to physically make the room larger, but it will impact the mood in a positive way by creating the feeling and appearance of a more spacious environment.

Upgrade The Lighting

Lighting can also be used to make a home look and feel larger. If you’re still using the same generic overhead lighting, then perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. Most professional home builders and contractors try to cut corners by using small, undersized lighting. In doing so, however, is creates the appearance of a smaller area.

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on high-end crystal chandeliers to achieve elegant lighting in your home, as track lighting, sconces and even table lamps are brilliant, cost-effective alternatives.

Warm Colors

Arguably, one of the most influential elements in setting the mood of a room is its color palette. Rooms that feature dark walls tend to look and feel smaller than rooms with warm colored walls. Avoid the use of black, brown or similar ‘gloomy’ colors and stick with more vibrant tones instead.

Focusing the color palette of your home around warm colors will instantly brighten up the environment while making it feed larger and more open.