Any property can feel dark and claustrophobic if it's decorated the wrong way. Clutter builds up and belongings begin to take over, eating into your precious space and preventing the light from reaching all areas. Here are a few things you can do to get the spacious and airy feel of a mansion without moving home.
Dark colours absorb light, bright colours reflect it. Remember that when choosing what shade to decorate your walls and which carpet or hard flooring to lay down. White and neutral colours will instantly expand your room while helping to highlight your stylish décor.
Move your furniture away from the wall – even if it’s just by a few inches - to create an illusion of space and fight at the cramped feel. You’ll be surprised at how much just pulling your sofa forward can change the feel of your room.
When choosing furniture, go for units and seating with exposed legs rather than box designs. It give the room a more open look and, if you’re a believer of Feng Shui, it allows the good chi to flow more easily.
Declutter your room to reclaim surfaces and floor space. Sort through your belongings and take any items that you no longer need/want to the charity shop. Organise what's left in a neat and tidy fashion, making use of smart storage like ottomans and coffee tables.
Install shelves high up your walls to lift clutter off the floor and create the illusion of a taller ceiling.
Leave windows uncovered or use sleek blinds and sheer voiles. Lots of unnecessary ruffles and layers will eat into your space and diminish the light. If you can't go without your thick, heavy curtains, invest in some tie backs to make the most of the light during the day.
Strategically place mirrors around your home near dark corners or hallways. They'll reflect the natural light from your open windows and help to create a brighter, airy feel. They can also be used to accent your style with their decorative modern, rustic, or ornate frames.
Make an impact with a few large decorative items, such as vases and potted plants or statement artwork, rather than many smaller items. Having lots of trinkets and knick-knacks scattered about your room will make it feel crowded and chaotic.
Use your décor as an opportunity to inject colour back into the room, easily standing out against its neutral walls and floors. During the revamp, your space may have lost some of your unique character so ensure you bring it back with a few items that reflect your personal style. Don't be afraid to experiment with bold pieces and create new focal points.