Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Double the size of your living room with illusions

Your home is that special place that you should feel safe and secure in, as well as comfortable and relaxed, and that's all down to the way that you look after your environment. You deserve to live in a place that takes care of you not only physically, but mentally too, and in order to do that, you need to ensure that your surroundings are on point.

Take your living room, for example, that is a room that you will spend most of your time in, other than the bedroom. It's the space you go to sink into the sofa with a glass of wine after a long, busy day, while watching your favourite series on Netflix. But you won't be able to truly unwind and let go if the room is full of clutter and an uninviting shade of beige. A lot of people complain because their living room layout isn't very big, and so they find reasons as to why there's no point trying to make it pretty when there's barely any room - but there's always a reason, regardless of how big or small a space is - it's your space.

Fortunately, there are ways to make your room appear bigger without having to spend thousands on an extension.

Lighten the walls

The lighter the walls, the bigger it will appear, and so the darker the walls, the smaller it will seem. This doesn't mean that you can't have a darker secondary colour if you like your chocolate browns and deep wine reds, but your primary colour should be lighter. Having said that, it doesn't mean white is your only option either. You can go with a duck egg blue, a mint green, a fair lavender, or a milky mocha. You can be as playful as you want, just keep it bright and airy when you can. This will push the walls back a little giving the room space to breathe.

Remove the clutter

Clutter is a nightmare and shouldn't be welcome in any home, but understandably, it's a very easy thing to accumulate over time without even realising until it's too late. But clutter will not only make your room messy and unorganised, but it'll look claustrophobic and cramped because there is so much going on in every nook and cranny. So sort through all of your items, and if you don't need them, just throw them out. There's no point holding onto things just because you aren't quite sure what else to do with them. So make piles, and unless anything is of value that you can potentially sell - get rid of it.

Add some mirrors

Mirrors are a brilliant way of manipulating light and pushing it in any direction. As mentioned earlier, light can make rooms appear bigger, so the more you can bring in, the better. If you can strategically place a mirror facing a window, it will reflect that light into the room, and if you're really clever, you can bounce it off in all different angles all by the placement. So have a play and see what you are able to achieve from your natural source of light.

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