Mirrors open up a space so much! Large mirrors do the best job of this, but a cluster of small mirrors can accomplish the same thing. Place a mirror on a hallway wall to expand the length, or above a large piece to draw the eye upward for the appearance of a taller ceiling. Using mirrors to ‘frame’ around your art will make the artwork seem larger and the wall more expansive. Key locations to reflect more light, preferably natural light, give the feel of a huge room. In a room without a window (perhaps you live in an apartment or the room was a later addition), get a large mirror and hang curtains around it to give the look and feel of a window.
Using curtains that extend beyond the window is a good way to give the window a taller feel. Hang your valances and curtain rods just below your crown molding; this will give the room more height.
Whether you’re decorating in your living room or dining room, a rug that extends beyond the invisible boundary created by your furniture visually adds several square feet to your floor.
Using oversized furniture properly makes the room feel equipped to handle large pieces and therefore visually expands the room. It’s a mind game really, if you can convince the eyes that a particular overstuffed chair is not too large for a narrow living room then it visually expands the space. Same goes for hutches, fireplaces, sconces, coffee tables, and DEFINITELY overstuffed throw pillows.
For Vaulted Ceilings
If you’re one of the handful of people that have lots of wall space and little floor space (perhaps in a loft where the ceilings are vaulted) make sure you don’t get stuck decorating at eye level. By keeping decorations in a convenient to reach location perhaps dusting is made easier, but it is not doing any favors for your square footage. Eye level decorations with blank space above visually chops the room in half. Make use of tall decor and try to fill the expansive wall.
Having a lot to look at tricks the eye into thinking there’s more space and more stuff in the room than there really is. If put together properly, the utilization of extra color makes a room look huge! When you’re painting the walls, molding is one of your best assets. Make sure you use a darker color on the walls and a lighter molding, this inadvertantly makes the wall seem further back.