LARGER THAN THEY APPEAR:
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!