Enlarging a room does not necessarily require heavy and expensive work. You can also do this by using a few simple tricks to implement. We have probably all asked ourselves this question: “How to enlarge a room?” Today, I therefore suggest you discover some decorating tips to achieve this.
1. Enlarge a room with materials
The first decoration tip is to choose the materials for your flooring and especially to use the same materials in visually communicating rooms. This will expand the space significantly. Likewise, avoid abruptly interrupting your gaze: choose furniture with legs that allow you to see the ground.
2. Find a focal point in the room
Focus the gaze on a point, to focus on something in the back or in a corner of the room. It can also be a beautiful coat hook on a wall, a beautiful piece of furniture or a beautiful colorful painting. It needs to be something that stands out from the rest of your decor.
3. Add mirrors
Also think of mirrors! Mirrors reflect light and seem to push back walls. Be careful, however, not to create a wall of mirrors. Choose a large framed mirror placed on the floor or group several small mirrors on a wall. Don’t overdo it in your bedroom, either.
4. Do not cut off the field of vision
Know that uninterrupted movement is the sign of a large space, a vast surface. You need to organize your furniture in a way that makes it easy for everyone to move from one place to another. Do not obstruct the space, create a sense of logical flow. Also remember to leave enough space to do common tasks like opening and closing windows, turning on lights, etc.
5. An accumulation of mirrors in the living room
The mirror is an asset that should not be neglected to enlarge your living room. Whether vintage or new, depending on the trends, mirrors bring a lot of charm. You can superimpose them to have an original and aesthetic wall.
6. An XXL mirror to enlarge the bedroom
In the bedroom, place a large mirror directly against the wall to provide a walk-in view that enlarges the space. The room will appear twice as large.
7. A mirror in front of the kitchen window
A small mirror installed perpendicular or in front of a window allows the light to reflect and diffuse it throughout the space. The kitchen then seems more spacious and bright.
8. A large full-width mirror, without frame, above the basin
In the bathroom, we choose to place a frameless mirror over the entire width of the wall, above the sink. Like a trompe-l’oeil, it creates perspective and brings an impression of grandeur.
9. Pendant lights in the living room
The suspensions allow different corners to be illuminated to enlarge the space without work. Choose a mix of styles and materials and vary the locations of your pendant lights to enhance the decor. If you dare, install XXL pendant lights!
10. Discreet spots in the kitchen
Located all along the worktop, the spotlights distribute the light and give the feeling of having a larger kitchen.
11. Lights around the shower or bathtub
Essential for creating a relaxed and relaxing atmosphere in the bathroom, lighting also makes it possible to enlarge this room, if its location is well thought out. The lights located above the basin, near the shower or the bathtub make it possible to highlight the space.
12. Thin curtains in the living room
Letting in daylight is a solution to expanding your living room. Thick or velvet curtains block the passage of light. The ideal? Lighten the curtains, or remove them, if it is a very narrow and dark space.
13. A fine veil, in cotton or linen, in the bedroom
If you are short on space and you want to visually enlarge your room without work, consider clearing the windows and reducing heavy drapes . You can install cotton or linen veils, in a very light shade, such as beige, cream or dirty white.
14. Natural light in the bathroom
Why not leave your bathroom windows bare to maximize the entry of sunlight? This will of course depend on the view you can have on your bathroom.
15. Cool or pastel colors in the living room
A small space is quickly cluttered, especially the living room or the living room which has several bulky pieces of furniture and decorative elements. To create an illusion of space, forget about black sofas, gray rugs or dark curtains. Bet on light shades to catch the light. If you think white is too monkish, there’s nothing stopping you from choosing pastel colors .
16. Neutral tones in a cramped bedroom
The rule of thumb is to use light tones. So install elements chosen in light shades like powder pink, pale green or cream, if you feel that your room is too stuffy.
17. White veneered furniture in the kitchen
Focusing on light-colored furniture and walls enhances the light and gives a real feeling of space inside the kitchen. In addition, you can choose space saving furniture to further optimize your storage and enlarge the room.
18. Glass to reflect the light in the living room
Play with transparency to let the light pass ! With canopies, coffee tables or side tables at the end of the sofa or even transparent shelves, you create an interior that breathes.
19. A dining table and transparent chairs in the kitchen
Discreet furniture means that the kitchen is not “closed”. Prefer transparency to provide an impression of additional light and arrange a dining area with transparent furniture.
20. Walls the same color as the floor in the living room
Continuity is your ally to give an illusion of space. So avoid color cuts and dividers that break perspective. Choosing a wall covering identical to the floor is also an opportunity to refresh your living room.
21. Closets in neutral colors in the bedroom
The purpose of painting is to change the visual perception of the room and create an effect of depth. Bet on fleeting colors such as cold shades that catch the eye less, thus giving an illusion of magnification.
22. A striped strip to stretch the kitchen spac
Graphics are used to enlarge the kitchen . Nothing like stretching the walls. A solution that is both original and effective!
23. A total white look for the bathroom
In such a small space, white makes you forget the flaws and allows you not to focus too much on the small details.
24. Floral wallpaper to look away
It’s a decorating trick that works very well, and yet is very rarely used. Just choose and hang a floral wallpaper with patterns and colors that will look away. Patterns are your best allies in small spaces, the goal is to create a focal point in your living room, or bedroom.
25. Keep it simple and stick to one color
In general, with space constraints, it is advisable to keep it simple to avoid accentuating the problem. “The more you multiply the colors , the more you reduce the space and the room”, recalls the expert. A valid advice for painting but also decoration, accessories and furniture. Note that a color can be declined in several shades, in shades. For example, a dark blue on a cushion and a light blue on a lamp or a gradient of white on the walls and the floor.
26. Choose furniture suitable for the room
As Eric Martel pointed out, a small space does not always mean having small pieces of furniture. In multiplying the elements, the risk is to create the impression of a rough decoration. On the other hand, the furniture is chosen in cohesion with the space. “In a small room, we must avoid overloading the space with massive furniture, whether in terms of format or in terms of colors, adds Marion Lanoë. We prefer to turn to open furniture that has a dynamic, graphic side. . Alternating open and closed areas is smart. Hanging furniture also visually lightens the room and gives a feeling of surface area. Especially since they have the advantage of freeing up floor space.”
27. If the room has a high ceiling height but a small area
When the room is quite small but high, we rebalance it with the ceiling, advises Eric Martel. One way to restore proportions.
28. If it is a whole length part
In order to enlarge the room in length, painting is useful. Eric Martel explains: “We are going to play on one of the walls by adding a color to the room. We have to give it new proportions!
On the layout side, the furniture should be chosen with care so as not to become annoying on a daily basis. “In a long room, you must above all be careful not to overload the circulation space and enlarge the room with light colors”, advises Marion Lanoe.
29. If the room is in the attic
In an attic room or a living room under the roof, the atypical configuration is often an asset. But it is useful not to compact the space to preserve a feeling of space and keep the interior pleasant to live in. Light is then an unstoppable tool! Marion Lanoë tells us more: “The lighting can be installed directly in the framework to create an impression of volume where there is none.”
For a sense of depth, choose transparent furniture.
31. Light sources
In a room, light can give the feeling of a large room. It is therefore necessary to multiply natural and artificial light sources. We choose glass partitions like canopies to separate the rooms and we play with elegant lighting.
32. The ceiling
To make a room bigger, play with the heights. Install shelves or a bookcase as high as possible. Thus, the gaze will go directly to the ceiling for an impression of infinite height.
33. The furniture
To save space and therefore give the impression of an enlarged space, choose multifunctional furniture: side table that turns into a basket, coffee table chest, Murphy bed …
34. Sleek furniture
We choose light materials, furniture with airy features, such as the three small nesting tables which are very useful and fold into a single table.
35. Sliding doors
Instead of installing hinged doors with openings that require space, choose sliding doors that don’t waste space and allow better circulation.
36. The layout
A well-appointed living room is the guarantee of a spacious space. This is why it is important to position the furniture (sofa, coffee table, armchair …) so as to create defined living areas, while leaving free passage areas and not overloading the room.
37. Play with optical illusions
Want to cover a wall with wallpaper? Since small designs accentuate the cramped nature of a room, opt for large designs, such as geometric shapes or oversized flowers. To give the impression of a higher ceiling, prefer vertical patterns, such as stripes or tree trunks. On the floor, the different sizes of ceramic tiles provide the same effect.
38. Arrange the bath and the shower in parallel
Do you dream of a big shower, but don’t want to sacrifice the tub? This is possible by installing the two side by side! Since you will not need a partition or dividing element, you will save space for the benefit of the shower.
39. Install a stretch ceiling
Thanks to their glossy finish, stretch ceilings produce a mirror effect, at the same time providing maximum depth and volume in a confined space. Although dark colors on the ceiling make a room appear smaller, it is quite the opposite in the case of a stretch ceiling. With a midnight blue or black canvas, the mirror effect will be even stronger.
40. Think about corner windows
Nothing like windows to give an impression of grandeur to a space. If in addition they are placed in a corner, the effect is increased tenfold by eliminating a visual limit … As if the premises opened onto the outside.