Expansive open floor plans, 12-foot ceilings, and rooms with square footage to spare certainly feel quite elegant and luxurious. Even though the MacMansion era has given way to clever, mindful design that reduces one’s carbon footprint and provides a place for everything, some spaces just come off as cramped. When an addition or a new home are not in the picture, there are decorating tricks that can convey the illusion of big and breezy!
Let the outdoors in.
Whenever possible and absolutely if there are any enviable views, go easy on the window treatments. Use your home’s windows as mirrors to the outside, especially if they look out onto natural areas, sweeping landscapes or even a neighbor’s attractive garden. Now, if your view is of the brick apartment building next door or a neighbor’s collection of junked cars, scratch this suggestion!
Go easy on the occasional furniture.
A coffee table here, a side table there along with ottomans and sofa tables can clutter up any size room in a hurry. It sounds contradictory, but using a few carefully selected, substantial pieces of furniture can make a room come alive and appear larger than it is. Please note that substantial does not mean massive, but scaled properly to compliment the room’s size. Solid colors work nicely for sofas and overstuffed chairs while contrasting prints, stripes, plaids or geometric designs tie everything together. [Continue reading]