Intimate spaces like bedrooms don’t have to conform to an introverted space – extravagant, long spans can allow the space to push the boundaries of conventional design and open up to visual abundance. A subtle blend of illusion from the gestalt theories and thoughtful composition from the mood board can transform a small bedroom to give a sense of a larger space.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, interior designer Punam Kalra, creative director of I’m the Center for Applied Arts, suggested the following tips for making your bedroom look bigger:
1. Emphasis on the blanks
Each space is perceived in parts that fit into a whole. A blank canvas breaks up a space and articulates it in multiple directions, placing a better, individual focus on the elements in the foreground. Go for minimal backgrounds with compact furniture and eye-catching decor. Cut out the layers of interior accessories such as throw pillows, valence curtains, tapestries, etc. and create a more streamlined aesthetic with solid textures and pristine metal accents. You can use more low-rise pieces such as platform beds, wingback chairs, linear consoles, and poufs to bring out good visual connectivity and allow the space to breathe.
2. Go for lighter color palettes
All warm whites, cool whites, neutral beiges and pastels inherit the character of white – its bare face and reflectivity. Spaces dominated by these white-based, light-toned colors like taupe, peach, powder blue, blush pink, and more tend to reflect light to make the expanse twofold. Bring these refined light tones to everything from the bed to the headboard and reflect the light with more polished finishes and smooth textures in the surfaces. Terrazzo walls, marble floors and crystal chandeliers have created a wave in the all-white bedroom trends. You can create such monochromatic effects with floors and walls in matching colors to get a bigger view of the space.
3. Blur the boundaries
Breaking down the physical boundaries of a space makes it feel less defined – and therefore larger in appearance. Put more emphasis on the openings such as windows, balconies or sitouts and include them as part of the space. Introduce furniture pieces that connect the spaces with a single theme – including nature-inspired palettes such as wooden cots, rattan chairs, wooden tables, bamboo shades, handcrafted lamps and more to create a truly al fresco interior.
On the other hand, solid walls can also blur spatial boundaries with reflective panels or decorative mirror accents that create the illusion of a larger space. You can also scale up the mirror images with signature floor mirrors or special mirrored walls that introduce newer views to the space.
4. Vouch for built-ins
Well-planned furniture defines a space and defines its vastness. Introducing built-in furniture along a clean layout can give a neat outline to the visual composition of the interior. Either the free space can be completely canceled out with a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe, or the arrangement can be made much more airy with floating cabinets. Go for small silhouettes and monochromatic palettes for custom storage and experiment with space-saving upgrades such as convertible tables, under-bed storage, etc. More hidden elements can also be added, including cove lighting along the wall panels.
5. Balance the proportions
Creating the illusion of a larger space is intertwined with the composition of the elements: the visual balance and rhythm. Symmetrical elements such as a pair of hanging lamps, a 4-door console, a 2-door casement window and more signal an immediate balance while the details such as geometric wallpaper take it out of sight. Compositions such as gallery walls in grids, double sinks or even identical decorations can extend your viewpoints and make the room appear larger.
At the same time, the relationship between continuity and illusion is best illustrated by ceiling-to-floor curtains and net curtains that stretch across an entire wall, carpets that cover an entire floor, and more that connect different parts of a space and create a cohesive interior scene. These connecting elements are key to the visual impressions of a space on the viewer.
According to Ankit Ojha and Anand Ojha, chief designers of Anand Atelier Associate, the interiors of our homes are a reflection of ourselves and our personality. They insisted: “It should always reflect positivity and calmness when we enter it. With our hectic schedules, it is our home and especially the bedrooms that provide us with the peace and warmth.” They list some tips that we can apply in our spaces to make them appear larger and airier:
1. White Interiors:
White interiors are all the rage and also give the room a refreshing look. It makes the room look lighter and brighter with natural light hitting it. White interiors with lots of indoor plants, vintage pieces, contrasting colored fabrics and carefully selected personal pieces are something that makes the space look more beautiful and airy.
2. Go minimalist
The bedrooms will automatically appear larger when they have a lot of free floor space. Minimalism and simplicity will provide us with chaos-free spaces, in which we can experiment with different colors and create contrasting combinations. This will make your bedrooms calmer and more relaxing, making it look more sophisticated and stylish.
3. Get creative with your furniture
Use floating shelves, sleek wood shelves or glass shelves combined with the right hardware choices and the material can create a noticeable difference in the space. Hidden caches are a thing! We all want it and we all love it. We can provide hidden storage space behind a mirror or a nice cushion. When we provide hidden storage behind cushions or mirrors, they give the room a clean and more organized look.
4. Mirror mirror on the wall
Adding a mirror can instantly help transform the look of the room and also help add glamor to the space. Mirror reflects light and gives the illusion of a much larger space. Choose walls that receive maximum natural or artificial light. It will help maximize the sense of space.
5. Curtains from ceiling to floor
Install floor-to-floor curtains in your space, which will create symmetry in the room and make the room appear larger. Use linen or cotton in pastel colors, as darker colors absorb more light. If we have more than one window, we can also choose between blinds for the windows.
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