5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK MORE SPACIOUS
by Niki Cheng
1 Intelligent Traffic Flow
First find the heaviest traffic flow in your home – it has to be completely clear of furniture and clutter. Next look into the rest of the natural traffic flow around the house. Try to avoid too many turning points. Any furniture grouping that feels like it is obstructing the flow means that you have too many pieces that is not needed. It will also be a challenge to fully relax in this space. Also try to avoid heavy, solid furniture or skirt sofas as these can make a room look too crowded.
2 De-Junk and Unify Your Stuff
Getting your home organized will go a long way in maximizing efficiency. There is no one right way to do it. The trick is to find the best way that works for you. I always suggest getting rid of things that you do not use for more than two years. You can group and organize keepsakes in frame displays. It is a great way to be reminded of those special occasions instead of having them tucked away.
3 Clear Surfaces
Avoid putting too many items on your dining table, coffee table or any open spaces. All the clutter will visually make your space seem smaller. Be particular on what you want to put on these surfaces. Place something functional like a minimal looking key bowl, pretty vases or just a few books you are currently reading. Clear surfaces create an “open look” to the interior and it makes the space more airy.
4 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Having mirrors or shiny surfaces can create an illusion of a larger space. Make an exact copy! I always like floor to ceiling mirrors or oversize mirrors. Also consider glass tabletops, mirror cabinet doors and shiny glass furniture. These surfaces amplify natural and artificial light and radiate it throughout the room, making the space brighter and automatically larger.
5 Light Colors or Monochromatic Colors
Monochromatic schemes are more peaceful as a rule. The eye can move easily around the room without abrupt interruptions by colors. Try to add a pop of your favorite color to the space to increase interest and depth. The idea behind this is to move the “heaviness” away from our visual and “spread” the weight equally around the space.Niki Cheng is co-owner of BoConcept New York with her husband, Shaokao Cheng. They started BoConcept New York in 2003. With an architecture and interior design background, she has furnished many homes in New York City. She is the proud mother of a 9-year old girl and 6-year old boy.