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  • How to make a small room feel big

    How to make a small room feel big

    How do you make your less-than-large living area feel comfortably spacious?

    Here's 10 simple tricks from the experts 

    1.     Avoid bulky pieces

    It's a no brainer that in a small room, furniture needs to breathe.

    Look to slimline pieces to furnish the space.

    "Thanks to Scandinavian design, slim, mid-century furniture design is on trend," says Ross Clayton, founder of Vast Furniture and Homewares. "Use those athletic lines to keep it airy." 

    2.     Go for symmetry

    Fact: A balanced room is technically more beautiful and is therefore more sympathetic to smaller spaces.

    Try placing a lamp and a plant stand of similar heights on either side of the room, a lounge in between, cushions on either side of the lounge and a rug in the middle. 

    3.     Choose white and light

    Paint all the walls white and only use light timber. The space will feel instantly larger, says Ross.

    Cherie Barber, founder of Renovating for Profit, says dark and warm colours advance, where as light and cool colours recede.

    "That means a dark colour will tend to close in a small space, especially if it gets no natural light", Cherie says.

    "It doesn’t mean you have to go for stark, clinical white. Any light neutral colour will help make a space look bigger." 

     1._Lefty Kasdaglis 
    Picture: Lefty Kasdaglis

    4.     Add pictures

    Drawing the eye upwards will detract from the size of the room.

    "Try hanging a picture or painting of an outdoor landscape – a panoramic beach or bush shot can trick the eye into thinking about faraway places," Ross says.  

    5.     Invisible(-ish) furniture

    Lightweight and durable, rattan furniture is easy to shift around the room – and thanks to baby boomer trend forecasters, it’s cool again.

    Ross explains: “For very small rooms, nothing beats rattan furniture. Because it’s not upholstered, you can see right through it. In the furniture game we call it 80% air.”

    2._Nathan Van Egmond 
    Picture: Nathan Van Egmond  

    6.     Add plants

    Filling your tiny space with plants may seem counter-productive, but it can help blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors, Ross says. 

    7.     Go monochrome

    It’s not for the fainthearted but decorating with the same colour is a sure-fire way to add space and dimension to a small room. 

    8.     Add mirrors

    Another tried-and-tested method to make a room appear larger is to fool the eye with mirrors.


    3._Milada Vigerova 
    Picture: Milada Vigerova

    9.     Try feature lighting

    Again, focus on drawing the eye upward with feature lighting.

    A pendant light, for example, can force people’s attention away from eye-level and give a real sense of the entire room. 

    10.     Make use of vertical space

    Low on storage? Go up."Use your wall space smartly,"says Jessica. "Floating storage and shelves will take your storage upwards."

    Originally published on realestate.com.au as ‘16 simple tricks to make a small living room feel big’.

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    • Raymond

      Raymond A Ram is the RAMbassador for RAMS Financial Group. Raymond works with the RAMS team to bring simple, helpful and expert information on home loans and savings accounts to life with his down to earth and cheeky personality. He enjoys seeing everyday Australians turn their dreams of saving for a goal or getting into a home a reality. 

      Growing up in Goulburn, NSW, Raymond was brought up with good old-fashioned Aussie values of hard work and a fair go. It soon became apparent that Raymond wasn't content for the conventional path of grazing, producing the very best wool, and finding a nice sheep to settle down with. So it wasn't long before his passion for performing and his talent as a likeable larrikin shone through - landing him a few roles such as 'RAMlet'. He was even tipped to play RAM-bo at one point but chose to become star of the small screen instead as RAMbassador for RAMS. He now finds this role so much more rewarding.

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