Thursday, 24 January 2013

Space Techniques

Space is never enough but you can optimize what you have by a number of simple techniques that help get rid of clutter.

Space-enhancing techniques will make a small room appear bigger. There are many tricks that can visually enhance space. Using design tips, decorations and proper organization one can have a cozy and more spacious home.
1)      Learn to use spaces in a wall. In the photo above, what would have ordinarily been a hollow space in the wall has been shelved to create space for books, a TV and cabinets.
2)      Use colours well. Darker colors make a small room look even smaller while lighter tones make it seem bigger. Use lighter shades that reflect light to enhance a living space. Natural light is best so multiply it by placing a mirror near the window. Thus the room will be lighter and seem larger than it is.
3)      Use lines. Just as lines and stripes can be used to trick the eye with women’s clothing, vertical stripes make the ceilings look higher while wide horizontal stripes make narrow rooms look wider. Busy patterns make the room look cluttered and too dynamic so try to avoid using such patterns in the decor especially walls and large furniture items.
4)      Learn to organize. This helps enhance space and de-clutter a room. Get rid of unnecessary things or recycle. Reframe that old wall hanging or reupholster an old chair instead of buying new furniture to add to what you already have. Make sure there is a place for everything. Space-saving furniture can also help with storing smaller things. Look for a coffee table that can double as a small book shelf, or a sofa that has space on the sides for storing magazines. Pay attention to organizers, they should be effective and convenient.

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