9 Ways to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

Dynamics in the interior help to make the room visually larger. We will tell you what techniques designers use to achieve this effect.

1. Vertical Lines

The use of vertical stripes enlivens the interior and creates a sense of movement. You don’t have to have a lot of them — even a few verticals can visually expand the room, and also “raise” the ceiling. You can achieve the effect not only with the help of trim and stripe pattern. Lines can be partitions made of slats, moldings, décor placed on top of each other, curtain folds, etc.

2. Volumetric pattern on the floor

You can also achieve dynamics with the help of three-dimensional patterns on the floor. Volume is needed to enhance the effect of a “living”, moving space. As dynamic details, use large carpets with a textured large pattern, and tiles with rounded patterns. You can also choose coatings with a 3D effect, as long as they do not contradict the overall design concept. Carpets, on the other hand, are good because they can be replaced at any time without resorting to repairs.

3. Contrasting décor

Play on contrast: add small but bright details to the interior. Accent décor will attract the eye and shift attention: making it “jump” from object to object, thereby distracting attention from the size of the room as such. When decorating open shelves with contrasting décor, do not forget to leave a little air, and alternate different shapes and colors – but maintain the same style.

4. A play of light and shadow

You can create the feeling of a larger area due to the volume with the help of lighting. The right lighting will create a play of light and shadow and add depth to the space. Place spot lighting in niches, highlight corners and volumetric elements of decoration and décor. This will make a small room seem more spacious.

5. Volumetric Storage Systems

Large cabinets with open shelves do not eat up, but, on the contrary, expand the space. This is due to the same play of light and shadow, as well as the dynamics of attention. But choose storage systems with sufficiently deep shelves – narrow ones will not give such a bulky effect.

6. Geometry and Abstraction

Geometric and abstract patterns are a surefire way to make an interior more dynamic. Contrasting details and broken lines, especially asymmetrical ones, switch attention and set accents. And if the ornament occupies a large area, it is able to visually correct the proportions: expand, stretch, deepen.

7. Dynamic prints

Use dynamic images in finishing, décor, and furniture upholstery. It can be any moving object: for example, flying birds. Also, the use of natural motifs is subconsciously associated with movement. But keep in mind that this is a fairly active type of pattern, so it is better to use it as an accent.

8. Small furniture

The smaller the space and the larger the furniture in it, the more static and cramped it seems. Therefore, for small rooms, it is better to choose products that are commensurate with the total area. This technique will help to balance the scale, the room will seem more spacious. You’ll also have more space. The issue of functionality can be solved with the help of transformers.

9. Contrasting Finish

Any contrasts also add dynamics to the room. No wonder designers advise making an accent wall in a small room. At the same time, the desired effect can be achieved not only due to bright colors. You can play on both the texture and the volume of finishing. For example, highlight the floor with contrasting stone-effect tiles and support it with the same kitchen backsplash finish as in this project.

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