Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Liv­ing in a smaller space can be chal­leng­ing, but Home Heist’s Colin McAl­lis­ter and Justin Ryan have some tips to make your home ap­pear much larger:

KEEP WALK­WAYS DE­FINED — When you can see floors, rooms look larger, so make sure you can eas­ily move through space without ob­sta­cles. Keep taller, bulkier items on the walls and go low with so­fas and cof­fee ta­bles, etc. to keep eye lines clear. Don’t, how­ever, push ev­ery­thing into cor­ners and leave the cen­tre clear. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, this won’t make space look larger, it’ll just make it look bare!

USE LIGHT COLOURS — Dark colours can draw in a room and make it feel small, whereas lighter shades will open up space. Try pas­tels, neu­trals or nat­u­rals, all of which en­joy the same ex­pan­sive qual­i­ties of white while be­ing much warmer.

BLEND YOUR FEA­TURES — Sim­plify your space by paint­ing walls, trim and de­tail­ing in slightly dif­fer­ent shades of the same colour. Par­ing down in this way soft­ens im­pact and helps space look much larger.

RE­FLECT ON YOUR SPACE — Mir­rors, in any form, are great for bounc­ing light and open­ing up space. Glass ta­bles and even glass ac­ces­sories can in­crease the feel­ing of space thanks to their in­vis­i­bil­ity.

TRICK YOUR EYE — Change per­spec­tive by hang­ing a se­ries of land­scape pic­tures with long nar­row scenes of the great out­doors to make you feel you’re some­where large and fab­u­lous.

LOSE THE RUB­BISH — De­clut­ter, de­clut­ter, de­clut­ter. Enough said!

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