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Shelley joins longstanding ambassador and interior designer Darren Palmer and is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and advice with budding renovators.


How can I make my room look bigger?

How can I make my room look bigger?

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We always want to make the most of the space we have. If done right, you will be surprised by how the whole feel
of a room has been transformed by some of the simplest things. 
It really is true what they say - a lighter coloured room
does feel larger. Whites and creams open a space up while deeper shades draw in the walls a bit.

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I think the same goes for the use of light: When renovators get it right a light airy feel makes a space seem bigger, even though we know it's not.

There are more technical points too. Designers talk about drawing the eye with feature walls, using lines and perspective to create the illusion of size. Using mirrors is a common technique too, they always make a room seem bigger and lighter too.

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But at the same time I've seen a lot of rooms where this has backfired. Stripping everything back and painting the walls white can make everything feel a bit cold. Without some warm light you can end up with a room you'd rather not spend time in.

So, in that sense, size isn't everything. While reception rooms and kitchens probably look better when they are bigger, I think a small lounge or bedroom can be quite cosy. Sometimes it seems a waste to try and simplify everything to emphasise space. Small cosy rooms can look good too. When you have a lot of people sharing the same space, with kid's toys strewn everywhere the answer probably isn't to reduce your furniture to make the same space seem bigger.
It's probably better to rethink your storage solutions so you can clear things away quicker and make the most
of the space you have.

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