If your room feels crowded, cramped, or a bit smaller than you like, try some tricks that can make it seem larger. From what you put on the floor to how you hang art on a wall, try some simple strategies that can make any room seem bigger:
Layer Area Rugs
One easy way to create a larger area is through layering rugs; the rugs don't need to be the same color or texture to work in this way. Consider mixing and matching different fibers, types, and sizes of rugs in the middle of a room, near a door, or as a focal point that reflects the color palette of the space. For instance, layer your basic carpeting with a smaller bamboo floor covering, and top with a wool accent rug.
Maintain a Border
Along with layering rugs, try to maintain an empty border around the perimeter of your room. This involves using smaller area rugs instead of larger floor coverings and pulling furniture out, away from the wall. The result is a room that seems more open with good flow.
Lengthen the Drapes
Another tactic to make a room seem bigger is to use drapes or window treatments that are longer than needed. In fact, it is ideal if your drapery fabric hits or touches the floor. Also, try hanging the fixtures for your window treatments 12" higher than usual to make the ceilings seem taller, too.
Use One Color
Interior designers often suggest that you paint the ceiling and walls the same color to add a sense of height to a room. It is also recommended that you use a lighter neutral tone to keep things open and airy, like eggshell, beige, or white.
Hang Art Higher
Cutting out the clutter in a room can help make it seem bigger, as does using art and accents sparingly on the walls. The blank walls can help make a space airier and if you hang décor and accents a bit higher, it can make the ceilings seem higher. Choose mirrors over art to reflect light and add to the openness of the room.
Use these tips to make any room in the house seem a bit bigger, and to create a more-open feeling to the space. Visit retailers to find rugs, window treatments, and accents to use in your home that will contribute to the perception of a larger area or space.