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Words by Tilly Stewart

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This week I'm going to take you through 5 simple steps on how you can make a room feel bigger. With a few strategic design choices, it's possible to create the illusion of a larger space without knocking down walls or embarking on major renovations. So, keep reading if you're about to begin a refurb and discover how- by taking these 5 steps into consideration- you can make a room feel more spacious, inviting, and effortlessly chic...

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Photo: Courtesy of Eyeswoon

Making use of a monochromatic colour scheme further enhances this effect by promoting visual cohesion and reducing the appearance of clutter. The key lies in achieving a harmonious balance between light and dark tones, ensuring that each complements the other to create a space that feels both spacious and inviting.


Colour plays a pivotal role in the perception of space within interior design. Lighter hues, such as soft pastels, crisp whites, and subtle neutrals, are renowned for their ability to amplify natural light, thereby creating an illusion of expansiveness within a room. However, it's worth noting that darker colors can also contribute to the perception of a larger space when used correctly. Deep blues, greens and purple tones, strategically incorporated into the design scheme, can add depth and dimension to the room, creating a sense of intimacy and grandeur. 

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Photo: Found My Thrill

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Photo: Paul Raeside

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By strategically incorporating large-scale artwork into the design scheme, you can instantly elevate the visual impact of the space while also enhancing a sense of  expansiveness. Oversized art has a remarkable ability to draw the eye upward, effectively redirecting focus away from the limitations of a confined floor plan and towards the vertical expanse of the room. oversized art commands attention and imbues the space with a sense of drama and sophistication.

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By strategically layering various elements such as rugs, textiles, and decorative accents, you can create a multi-dimensional visual landscape that expands the perceived size of the space. Introduce layers of texture and pattern through throw pillows, blankets, and decorative objects, carefully coordinating colours and materials to achieve a cohesive look. The strategic placement of furniture and decor in varying heights and scales further enhances this effect, guiding the eye across different planes and creating an illusion of depth and dimension.

Photo: Ori Harpaz

Photo: Ori Harpaz

Photo: Ori Harpaz


Additionally, incorporating reflective surfaces like mirrors and metallic accents can amplify the sense of space by bouncing light and visually expanding the boundaries of the room. Strategically placing mirrors opposite windows or in areas where natural light is abundant amplifies the luminosity within the space, creating a sense of openness and airiness. Meanwhile, glass tabletops, mirrored furniture, and metallic accents reflect and bounce light around the room, visually expanding its boundaries and enhancing its overall brightness. These reflective surfaces not only add a touch of glamour and sophistication to the decor but also serve as ingenious tools for transforming cramped quarters into luminous sanctuaries.

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Photo: Alice Mesguich

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Photo: Alice Mesguich


By cleverly integrating storage elements into the scheme, you can minimise clutter, streamline organisation, and open up valuable floor space, thereby creating an atmosphere of expansiveness and serenity. Consider incorporating multifunctional furniture pieces such as ottomans with hidden compartments, coffee tables with built-in storage, or bed frames with drawers underneath. Additionally, wall-mounted shelves, floating cabinets, and vertical storage units capitalise on unused wall space, freeing up precious floor area and visually elongating the room. Embracing a 'less is more' approach to decor by curating belongings and opting for sleek, minimalist storage solutions further enhances the sense of openness and tranquility within the space.

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