How to give your space a light and airy at­mos­phere

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A SMALL or stuffy room that does not re­ceive enough nat­u­ral light can cre­ate a suf­fo­cat­ing feel or gloomy ap­pear­ance. Chang­ing the size of the room or ad­just­ing the win­dows is out of ques­tion.

How­ever, there are steps you can take to give your space a light and airy at­mos­phere such as light colours, nat­u­ral ele­ments and a few pieces of fur­ni­ture cre­ate a re­laxed look that is open.

Win­dows are the best place to start with when try­ing to cre­ate an airy at­mos­phere. The size of the win­dow is im­por­tant, if it’s small sim­ple, sheer win­dow cov­er­ings cre­ate the light and airy feel­ing you want. If your win­dow is big, you can leave it with­out putting cur­tains and just tint it.

To some pri­vacy can be a ma­jor con­cern, use a white roll-up blind that pulls down at night, and cover it with white cur­tains in a light­weight, sheer fab­ric that has a sim­ple pat­tern.

Hard­wood floors make a room look big­ger, if you pre­fer a soft sur­face a light-coloured car­pet is the way to go. If your room has tiles or vinyl floor­ing, soften it with an area rug in colours that com­ple­ment your walls.

Light colours cre­ate a feel­ing of space but that does not mean you are lim­ited to white only. If you pre­fer a neu­tral dec­o­rat­ing scheme, paint the walls in warm sand, cream or grey.

If you like a lit­tle bit more colour, paint the walls in the soft­est of blue, green or yel­low. For a fem­i­nine or creative look, con­sider pale laven­der or pink. Keep the look fresh and airy with white trim re­gard­less of what colour you use on the walls.

If your room is small, size your fur­nish­ings ac­cord­ingly to keep the space open. Look for airy ma­te­ri­als such as rat­tan, wrought iron or light­coloured wood for your fur­ni­ture. These have a nat­u­ral feel that makes a room look light and re­laxed.

Up­hol­stery in smooth fab­rics such as cot­ton is a bet­ter choice than rough wools or heavy leather. You want to leave plenty of open space for an airy ap­pear­ance.

Ac­ces­sories al­ways have a way of mak­ing your room feel com­plete. A light and airy room should have a min­i­mal amount of ac­ces­sories. Limit your­self to just a few pieces you truly love. By so do­ing you will be por­tray­ing your per­son­al­ity.

A col­lec­tion of trea­sured minia­ture fig­urines, a small sculp­ture or a few bas­kets give per­son­al­ity to the room with­out tak­ing up much space.

Show off your favourite framed art­work on the walls, but make sure to leave open space on all sides.

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