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Bigger is not always better

Bigger is not always better
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Playing it safe: Instead, put a large-scale printed fabric or wallpaper on the walls and even the ceiling. It’s easier, safer, and less expensive to...

Playing it safe: Instead, put a large-scale printed fabric or wallpaper on the walls and even the ceiling. It’s easier, safer, and less expensive to be dramatic in a small space. You might get tired of a bold print in the main living area, but it can make a smaller, less-used room an exciting space to spend time

Cramming the space with too much stuff: A large piece of furniture can actually make the space feel larger, as long as it's selected carefully. For instance, if you have the benefit of high ceilings, a tall cabinet appropriately placed has the effect of drawing one's eye upward and away from the small footprint of the room.

Just make sure every piece counts and holds its place and lets your eye rest

Not strategising: Decide everything that needs to happen in a room, and then work that legerdemain, baby. Divide a room geometrically into task-oriented zones — working, sleeping, relaxing, and dining. Think in halves, quarters, or even on the diagonal and assign a function to each section.

Not paying enough attention to the color of flooring and walls: Lighter walls and lighter floors do automatically give the illusion of more space.

Relying on small furniture: Dark colours and just a few pieces of large-scale furniture, with the appropriate lighting and accessories, can give a room a larger, more luxurious feel. White walls: Paint the room a dark charcoal gray or any dark colour. This will really open the space.

Proportion and scale are vital: Custom upholstery is essential if you want to avoid burdening a room with furniture that looks like it's on steroids. You should have furniture made in the correct width, height, and depth for the scale of a room. Better not to overpower a room with the steroid-injected, super-deep models made to fill titanic spaces in McMansions.

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