If the room is small and the ceilings are high, the effect of a “well” is felt psychologically. And in this situation, designers advise to lower the ceilings (for example, using an active color).
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The human eye is designed in such a way that first of all it looks at the light, and then it looks for at least something interesting (which you can catch on to). If there is an idyllic view, as in the example in the photo, there is no point in covering it with curtains.
If there is no view, at least try not to stare into a massive wardrobe, an empty boring wall or a rack overloaded with objects.
Advice: If we are talking about a bedroom, it is ideal to place a wardrobe against a wall with a door (example in the photo below). Make a prominent place behind a wall with a bed or sofa more attractive: paste over it with wallpaper with an intricate pattern that you want to consider, hang an interesting picture.
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In place of this cabinet with niches and a non-standard dressing table, it is easy to imagine an ordinary one – massive white all over the wall. Agree: it would be too monotonous compared to such an airy and fully functional solution.
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If you need to visually expand the space, a mirror is a faithful assistant. You just need to position it correctly. The best places are above the table (fireplace, sofa bed) and in front of a window or door, so that an additional perspective opens up and adds light.
If overflowing shelves or blank cabinets are reflected in the mirror, alas, it will not be possible to achieve the desired effect in interior design.
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Take the space, get a beautiful plant – better with abundant foliage. Lush greenery will make the space seem deeper and larger than it actually is. In addition, the flower is just the very detail on which the eye rests.
Natural light and a good view from the window are our main salvation in the cramped city apartments. If you are lucky with a view, and you do not need to hide from neighbors, do not hang the windows tightly. Often it is better to remove the curtains.
Even when it gets dark outside, the window will increase the light – now electric. Needless to say, the windows must be clean and shiny.
Close your eyes and walk around the house. You should never bump into pieces of furniture or things in the direction of travel. If you have to squeeze between the table and the wall to get to the sofa, it’s time to move the furniture.
The rule of free passage applies not only to furniture and partitions, but also to things that visually clutter up the space. Let’s say in the hallway (if possible) let there be a floor hanger. It is physically impossible to hang five or six sets of outerwear on it – in contrast to the wall one. A cleaner entrance means easier perception of space.
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Things imperceptibly “devour” space. This is especially true for open surfaces – shelves, countertops.
- It would be nice to keep several shelves and compartments on the rack empty at all. This will create the pleasant illusion that there is room for everything in this room.
- Look at the floor next to the bed, sofa, armchair – there are likely to be books, wardrobe items or a couple of mugs that are long overdue to put away / put in the dishwasher.
There is a widespread belief that things must necessarily be proportionate to the space. If the room is miniature, then everything in it, from the bed to the bedside table (and preferably people), should also be small.
However, decorators strongly recommend that you break this rule and allow yourself full-size furniture even in a modest space.
At least some strategically important things, such as a sofa, bed or armchair, should be complete so that guests and hosts do not feel embarrassed. In addition, the neighborhood of different-scale things creates an interesting contrast for the eye.
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Anyone who would like to visually expand the boundaries of their apartments should pay attention to transparent, reflective and sparkling interior items. Glass tables, wardrobes and bedside tables with mirrored doors, small crystal chandeliers or candlesticks, steel-legged furniture and other glare options. All this will fill the room with light and help the space to play.
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