Living in a huge mansion is not really the worst thing that can happen. But neither is living in a small home. As a matter of fact, there are quite a few perks to it, like having less to clean, like the fact that its easier to maintain or the fact that you will spend less on lighting and heating, to name just a few. It’s like having that wonderful feeling of cozy intimacy. Youll say that it doesnt always feel cozy and comfy, that it can feel quite uncomfortable and unbreathable. That could be true, but there are a few easy ways to fix that.
The power of rational organization is well known. Also, much can be achieved by using multi-functional furniture and avoiding clutters. But not everyone is aware of how much the smart use of lights and optical illusions can contribute to delivering that impression of open, airy spaces. These are ideally inexpensive and uncomplicated solutions. And the magic word, again, is color. The master principle of creating the illusion of larger spaces is using just one color scheme. Stay within the limits of one chromatic family and work with tone-on-tone hues. Using many colors can create spectacular effects in large places, but they make space look discontinuous and fragmented.
Ideally speaking, your furniture should follow the same color scheme. If so, it will give the impression of merging with its setting and as it wont stick out visually, thus creating the illusion of a larger space. Naturally, changing your furniture to match your walls is a lot more expensive and troublesome then choosing the paint that will match the furniture. The same sense of continuity can be achieved by painting the walls of all adjacent rooms in the exact same shade. And choosing identical flooring for all rooms will only enhance that effect. And if that feels a little monotonous, you can use different carpets, bed spreads and decorations as color accents for each room.
Albedo is a fancy word that refers to a common knowledge and common sense notion: the different reflective power of different colors. Light tends to bounce off surfaces painted in cool, light colors, making them seem bigger, whereas dark colors absorb light and optically reduce dimensions. All the ladies love the low reflective power of black when it comes to tight cocktail dresses, but when decorating small places, dark colors should be avoided. But heres a different scenario: say the room isnt really that small, it just looks like that because of the disproportionately high ceiling, as can happen with older buildings. The simple secret to fixing that is to visually correct the imbalance between the horizontal and the vertical. In that view, choose a dark, warm color for the ceiling and light shades from the same color scheme for the walls. This will apparently bring the ceiling and the floor closer together, annulling the lanky and grim aspect of the room. And you can go the extra mile and prolong the dark color of the ceiling on one of the walls and even on the floor, if possible.
But this is not the only solution. You could also balance the height and the width of a room by using stripes on the walls. If the ceiling is too high, you want horizontal stripes, whereas if the room is too low, you can fix it with thin, vertical stripes. If you choose this particular solution, tone down your choice of chromatics, as stripes and strong colors just dont mix well. And keep in mind that you can put the stripes only on the wall that has the best visibility in the room.
But colors wont just improve your homes aspect. They will also improve your mood and it would be a shame to waste that potential. Color therapists claim that green is the color for people who need more equilibrium in their approach to life, which red will energize and inspire, if used in the correct dose, otherwise it can be disturbing, and that blue is the secret to serenity, while yellow will sustain intellectual activity. It isnt an exact science, but it is well worth a try, especially since painting has never been as fun and easy as it is now.