Small spaces can make us feel overwhelmed, especially if the use of space isn’t functional or in order. Adding more lighting in the form of lamps and recessed lighting in your home will maximize the perception of size. The lighter and brighter an object is, the bigger it will seem. Here are some lighting tips to maximize the size of a small space and give your home a warm, cozy feel rather than a claustrophobic one.
One way to add more light in your home, is by adding more light fixtures, such as recessed lighting for a more sophisticated, glowing look, or track lighting for a sober, well-lit environment or cordless lighting for a clean look. Adding sconces and other wall fixtures is another way to help incorporate as much light into your home as possible. More light fixtures not only increases space perception, but sets a pleasant mood as well.
Another way to add more light to your home is by replacing heavy draperies for lighter see-through ones, or simply removing them altogether to let in as much light as possible. Lighter options for window coverings in small spaces include bamboo blinds and sheers. These offer a clean look and won’t clutter the room.
To aid in the flow of your room, combine decorative elements by matching colours, accessories, accents, and furniture. This will create continuity and a more open feel to the floor plan.
Mirrors are another great way to increase the perception of space because they reflect light off surfaces. You can add a large mirror to a wall for full room-enhancing effects, or add a large mirror over your mantle to open up the space. Standing mirrors create the same impact, and are a lot easier to install while easily adapting to most types of decor.
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