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How To Create a Spacious Home

Would you like to create a more spacious home? I have another guest post this month. Maria Filardo from Maria Filardo Architects is going to share with you how to create more space in your home through some home styling tips.

Rules to Create a Spacious Home

About to start renovations? Or maybe you want your home to feel more spacious but tearing down walls isn’t an option. Here are a few simple rules you can follow to make a room look and feel more spacious.

About to start renovations? Or maybe you want your home to feel more special but tearing down walls isn’t an option. Here are a few simple rules you can follow to make a room look and feel more spacious.

Rule 1 – Let there be light!

If you have access to natural light, make full use. Clear the area around a windows and doors to maximise the light that enters a room. Avoid putting large and heavy pieces of furniture in front of windows. Use sheer curtains that can be pulled right back to allow natural light to flood in.

Using light and bright colours in the room to make it look bigger. It reflects the light. While dark colours absorb the light, making rooms look smaller.

To help reflect light around a room, place a mirror near a window. This will reflect the light from outdoors and provide the illusion of depth. This is a cost effective and simple solution with great impact.

Rule 2 – No Clutter

Keep things tidy and organised. A small space will only feel more cramped if it’s cluttered. Too much furniture, too many pictures, too many ornaments. Re-evaluate what really needs to be out on display. Clutter makes a room feel smaller and can make a room feel busy and crowded.

Also, having one large photo or piece of artwork on a wall will be more successful than a lot of smaller pieces that clamour for your attention.

Rule 3 – Furniture – Get it Right

Select the right furniture. All too often people buy furniture that is not suitable for a room. It’s important you measure the space and the furniture you are going to invest in so they fit in the space and you can comfortably walk around the room. By keeping the floor as clear as possible you can maintain a sense of spaciousness. Consider furniture that have exposed arms and legs to allow light to filter under the furniture and make the room appear airier.

With tall furniture be mindful it doesn’t block the light coming into the room. These taller items can also make the ceiling feel lower than it actually is.

If you’re ever in doubt simply keep it simple and think understated elegance.

About the author

With a passion for design and a commitment to quality, Canberra based architect and interior designer Maria Filardo has an impressive array of projects to her name. A local designer with over 10 years of experience in both disciplines, Maria offers a full range of services covering both interiors and architecture in all aspects of project delivery.

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