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How To Make A Room Feel Larger

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Even with the most spacious of floor plans, there are always one or two rooms in an apartment that simply feel small or cramped. With a little know-how and a few nifty tricks, you can make any home in The Palmer apartments feel larger than life. Are you ready to make your spaces feel truly livable?

1. Furniture Tricks

There’s one main trick to selecting furniture that will make any room feel larger; opt for a few larger pieces over several smaller ones. The more items you have, the more cluttered any space feels. It’s a universal rule that applies to everything from office desks to living rooms. More stuff equals more clutter, just ask Marie Kondo.

Choosing a large sectional over a sofa can enhance the grandeur of your living room, while skipping an entertainment center in lieu of a wall-mounted TV can save space. Less is always more, but that isn’t the only trick you can pull off with your furniture.

The second rabbit in your hat is the size of furniture pieces. Items like bookshelves that extend all the way to the ceiling, drawing the eye upward and creating the illusion of more space. That same psychological concept applies to furniture pieces with legs. Anything that sits up off the floor creates a spacious visual, tricking the mind into thinking the room is more open.

Finally, transparent materials are your friend. Items like glass coffee tables or acrylic chairs take up less visual space. To your brain, one less solid-color object makes the room feel open and spacious. As long as you plan out those transparent pieces wisely, you can avoid clutter while reaping their benefits.

2. Art and Mirrors

Mirrors work on both a visual and psychological level. Visually, they bounce light around the room to create ambiance. Psychologically, they give the appearance of added space in their reflection even though your brain knows otherwise.

The trick is to identify where a mirror should be placed. Plastering your walls with mirrors is a unique look, but not the most fashionable. Hanging a wall-length mirror on the shorter walls of a room adds the appearance of length, while hanging them on the longer sides adds width. Regardless of which way you choose to hang them, make sure they’re somewhere guests are going to notice. Hanging them in a highly visible place will create the most impact.

When it comes to art, there are two simple tricks to enhance visual space. The first is to select oversized pieces. The larger the art, the grander a room feels. The second trick is to hang your art as high as possible. This emphasizes the height of your room, making it appear taller and therefore larger.

3. Curtains, Paint, and Wallpaper

There is one simple way to utilize each of these three elements in a room. For curtains, hang them towards the ceiling to increase the appearance of height and wider than the window for added emphasis. Paint and wallpaper should draw the eye up towards the ceiling. All three of these elements add space without taking up room, but the real trick is letting natural lighting amplify their effects. The more sunlight you allow in, the better they serve their purpose.

4. Rugs

Most modern apartments boast luscious hardwood floors as part of their interior, which makes any rug a valuable asset. When selecting a rug for your room, choosing the right size is vital. Pick something too small and your space suddenly feels shrunken. Choose something too large and it creates a crowded effect. Ideally, you want at least one or two feet in-between your walls or furniture and the rug itself.

Second, never buy a dark colored rug. Dark colors absorb light, pulling focus to this small piece of fabric in the center of the floor. Lighter colors reflect both sunlight and artificial light, which creates more visual space for the eye.

5. The Lights

Speaking of lighting, there are a couple of ways to utilize your lights when making any room feel larger. Avoid low-hanging options that clutter the upper space in your room, utilize floor lamps to combat dark corners, and install sconces whenever possible to save surface space. As always, rely on natural lighting whenever possible.

6. Patterns and Colors

Patterns play on the shape of your room. Need to increase visual width or length? Add a striped runner flowing in that direction. Need to increase a sense of height? Choose a pattern that draws the eye to the ceiling. Simply need an increase in general? Pick a pattern with lines and shapes that are spaced further apart. Whatever the issue with the room is, pick a pattern that works to the opposite effect.

Colors, on the other hand, are a little more complicated. What you choose to use all depends on the room you’re placing in it. If you had a very busy space, for instance, a neutral color would help balance that feeling out. If your space was a little bare, however, bold hues can work wonders in amplifying a sense of roominess.

When picking colors for furniture, sticking with a tone-on-tone look allows the pieces to blend together. This takes up less visual space, tricking the eye into thinking the space is larger. Ultimately, you want to choose a color palette and stick with it in each room. The more homogenous everything is, the less busy each space appears.

7. Integration

Most apartments blend their rooms together, like the living and dining areas. This helps open things up, but also gives you the chance to integrate activity spaces. Whether you’re an avid gamer, work from home, or enjoy making crafts, integrating this play/workspace into the right section of a room is vital. Making sure it doesn’t detract from your space, however, can be a challenge.

Avoid high traffic areas whenever possible, leaving ample space to move around this living station, and you can incorporate just about anything. The added furniture can be used to add dimensional space, while the functional application of colors and patterns helps it blend into the room. If you follow these two key rules, you can add in this personal touch without sacrificing a large-room feeling.

The Palmer Apartments

A complete shift in suburban apartment design, The Palmer deftly maintains the tension between art and tech, modern luxury and rustic appeal. This distinctly local idea offers a new aesthetic statement with old stylistic comforts as a seamlessly blended contradiction. Rich in amenities and surrounded by the diverse tapestry of Englewood, these apartments act as both a respite and launching pad for everyday life.

Welcome to a home that’s true to life, and uniquely yours. Welcome to The Palmer.