Adding space isn’t always an option when you’re remodeling and in many cases it isn’t needed in order to improve the functionality and beauty of your home. That being said, one of the most common design challenges is how to make a space feel larger when it may not necessarily be large in terms of square footage. How can you make it happen when you have to work within an existing footprint without smoke and mirrors? You would be surprised at how much magic can happen when you integrate a few of these design elements into your space.
5 Design Elements that Make a Space Feel Larger
- Create an open concept floor plan. Allowing spaces to flow into one another not only spatially, but also visually, provides a sense of openness and flow. This means removing walls that segment the rooms within an area such as the kitchen, dining room, and living room; leaving you with a multi-functional floor plan that many family’s love for day-to-day living and entertaining.
- Raise those ceilings. High or vaulted ceilings draw the eye up, which immediately creates a sense of open and generous space. Even in small spaces, such as a bathroom, this can have a great impact. Higher ceilings also promote better light flow, which is important in any space.
- Open up those doorways. If you must keep a closed floorplan intact, open the entryways to rooms. Remove doors and widen the entrance to allow view and light flow into adjacent rooms.
- Add some windows and let the sun shine in.Any natural light you add to a space will immediately transform it, especially if it was lacking in the first place.
- Develop a strategic lighting plan that will enhance or take the place of natural light.There are some situations that won’t allow for you to do the other things we mentioned on our list and that’s where a creative lighting plan comes into play. A layered light plan will combine ambient, task, and accent lighting toprovide visual aid for performing tasks while enhancing the design aesthetic and ambiance of a space. You can read more about layered light plans
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