September 27, 2013

Tricks to Make Your Space Look Bigger

Photo: Oakwood Doors

Many of us wish we had a lovely, spacious house filled with top quality and expensive furniture. However, if you only have a small home and want it to feel more spacious, here are some tips to consider. These easy ideas won't break the bank either.

First of all, your color scheme plays a big role in how your space looks visually. Using light colors is the best idea for smaller rooms; they really help make a room look bigger. If you pick white as a base color, you can always mix it up with darker contrasts such as wooden floors or doors in a dark brown, or pastel color detailing in your fabrics. If you don’t really want to change the colors of your walls, then you can use your furnishings to help make your room feel more spacious. Choosing brighter furnishings such as window frames and mantles can also make a huge difference. You can also find some great pieces online such as doors made by Oakwood Doors, for instance. It's best to avoid dark colors, because they tend to absorb the light and make the room look smaller than it actually is.

Another trick is to use mirrors. Large mirrors in a small room can do miracles and help reflect light, giving you the impression that you are entering a larger space. For example, try placing a long mirror next to a window. It will help to give an illusion of a space with more depth by mirroring the outdoor space.

Secondly, you need to try and pick the correct lighting. You will be surprised by how important using the correct lighting can be when it comes to actually opening up your space. You can see how much of an effect lighting has in the day time. When it's sunny outside and the light streams through your windows, it illuminates the entire room. Also, a variety of lamps around the room can help to distribute pools of light in different areas, giving the space a larger visual appearance.

Another simple trick to follow is keeping your rooms organized and tidy. When everything is in its rightful place, your room is going to look a lot larger. If there is clutter everywhere and the room looks like a mess, the space will quickly disappear, highlighting just how small your room actually is.

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September 22, 2013

Nate Berkus for Target Cork Board

For as long as I can remember, I've had at least one inspiration board in my home. It's a great way to express your creativity. Any time I spot a cool picture in a magazine or come upon a pretty fabric swatch, for instance, I add it to my board. While it's more fun to cover a board in your favorite fabric, this one from Nate Berkus' Target line ($12.99) doesn't require any extra work. It's already pretty enough to hang.