Ever felt like new houses are getting smaller? Well it turns out that they are! A study in 2018 by LABC Warranty found that UK homes have shrunk by over 160 sq.ft in the last 40 years, and the average two-bedroomed family home now has under 730 sq.ft of living space…roughly the size of two double garages!
With less sq.ft to play with, anything you can do to make rooms feel bigger is going to feel like a win. Fortunately there are plenty of tactics you can use to create the illusion of space, from practical tips (banishing clutter into hidden storage solutions) to insider tricks, used by interior designers the world over to create light and airy looks in the smallest of spaces.
Take a look at our handy hints to make a small space feel bigger. And don’t forget to share the final results with us!
Expert Tip 1: Emphasize the horizontal
Just like in fashion, stripes are a great way of fooling the eye – elongating everything they adorn by playing with how the eye perceives patterns. However, if you thought vertical stripes were the only way to go, we have news for you!
Take a look at the two equal-sized squares below…
If you think the right-hand one looks taller, you are not alone. A famous experiment, known as the ‘Helmholtz Stripes’ proved that, contrary to popular opinion, horizontal stripes can actually work better than vertical ones when it comes to creating height!
With this in mind, when it comes to making your rooms look wider or deeper, go for a classic stripe, such as our London Stripe. If you’d rather the room looked taller, go with a horizontal stripe wallpaper such as our Chevron Geometric – Simple!
Expert Tip 2: Add a reflective print
Anything you can do to create light is instantly going to make a space feel brighter and more spacious! Open plan designs can be a huge help, allowing natural light to flood-in through windows into every space.
A well-placed mirror can also be a huge help when it comes to lighting up darker spaces, reflecting the natural brightness of the rest of the room and giving the illusion of more space too!
If natural light is not easy to come by in your home’s layout, why not use wallpapers to add a little extra sparkle and shine, helping any room to feel bigger and brighter.
Expert Tip 3: Be colour clever
Using bright whites and deep colours creates contrast, adding depth and giving the illusion of a larger space. Use dark colours in alcoves or small jutting walls to easily create this effect. As a general rule, the lighter a colour or print the more it reflects the light, and gives an overall feeling of space. With a shiny reflection and contrasting colours, Zara Mono is a great wallpaper to achieve this effect.
It can also provide the perfect backdrop for clever accessories and furnishings to help your room look bigger – for instance, putting accessories up on the top ¼ of a wall helps to draw the eye upwards, and leaves walls at sitting eye-level clutter-free, creating a feeling of more space., Having a repeating patterns such as the Milan Geo that draws eyes up and outwards is also a definite space-enhancing win!
There you have it, some handy hints to easily create the illusion of space in your home. If you try these out, we’d love to see your results! Send us your pictures through our social media channels.
For more handy hints, be sure to take a look at our other blog posts and we look forward to sharing more #toptips soon!