From working out how to arrange furniture, to deliberating endlessly of the merits of choosing between two shades of off-white that are essentially the same colour, decorating our bedrooms can be a real headache. However, it is also the room over which we have the most control because of its inherently basic nature. Therefore, it can easily be made to look more spacious. To help you on this journey, we have compiled a few simple tips you can use.
There is a simple scientific reason for ditching darker tones for lighter ones. Lighter colours reflect light more than their darker counterparts and are consequently more adept at creating an airier and roomier environment.
Bordering on unorthodoxy, acrylic and lucite chairs are a bold way to create the illusion of space. If you are not immediately taken with the idea that transparent furniture is the future, you can take solace in the fact that it will make your bedroom feel infinitely bigger. Transparent furniture goes one further than lighter hues by allowing light to pass through it rather than merely reflecting it; making it a worthy choice.
Placing a wall-length mirror is the ultimate way to create the illusion of space. If properly positioned, mirrors can create the impression of both height and depth in a bedroom. Essential if you are eager to make your bedroom look bigger.
Imposing, tall furniture infringes on the space of your room and is therefore best avoided. A sizeable headboard can have a similarly domineering effect on a room and is also best disposed of. Removing these fixtures where possible will prevent the shrinking effect of having an overburdened space. Wall mounting furniture is a clever way to circumnavigate this issue.
There are a dizzyingly wide range of ways you can use wall art to make your bedroom look more spacious. Decorating your room with a statement piece of wall-art that demands that you drag your eyes towards it will make the rest of the room appear more sparsely decorated and subsequently roomier.
A similarly divisive stance to take is to vary the colours of the walls of your bedroom. Incorporating an attention grabbing herringbone chevron (for example) to the décor of your room will draw attention to one wall, making the rest of the room appear larger. This effect can also be achieved through the use of stripes if this more to your taste.
Wallpapering your ceiling or investing in a lighting fixture that will become the centrepiece of the room is another bold way to create space. Forcing eyes towards the ceiling will create the impression of height that is so vital to making your room feel bigger.
Where possible, abandoning window treatments is a simple way you can create more space in your bedroom. By ridding yourself of curtains or blinds, it exposes your room to the outdoors, making your room feel more expansive. Of course, opting for gauzy sheer white drapes will achieve the same effect whilst retaining your privacy.
Feeling creative? You’ve come to the right place. Installing a hammock is admittedly one of the more ambitious ways you can generate space in a bedroom. Free from the sheer bulk of a bedframe and mattress, your room will feel unencumbered and spacious. Divan beds with storage are a smart, space-saving alternative.
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