It’s true. Especially if you have small rooms, windows are the perfect solution to making the space appear bigger. We have some tricks and tips to make your small spaces feel cozy rather than cramped, thanks to many techniques designed to achieve the illusion of openness.
Your windows and how you decide to cover them can drastically change the appearance of any small space. To make your rooms look bigger and more welcoming, try these tactics.
Emphasize Vertical Dimensions
Small rooms feel tight often times because they have a low ceiling clearance, which is why you should emphasize the vertical dimensions of the space. You can do this by switching from horizontally-focused window treatments to vertical ones.
To add some elegance and sophistication, install decorative drapes hanging from a simple rod above the window frame that descend all the way to the floor. Replace Venetian blinds with vertical blinds so you can still get the privacy you want while highlighting the vertical dimension.
Invite More Light
Natural light fools the eye into thinking there is more space than there really is. If you don’t care about privacy in your small room, keep the blinds open to let natural light brighten the space. If it’s a bathroom or first-floor bedroom you want to make bigger, use sheer drapes for privacy while still retaining light.
If you want a more permanent solution, replace your current windows with bigger ones, such as picture windows or bay and bow windows. You may want to install sidelights next to your front door to expand the entryway. Your window contractor will be able to recommend the right solution to bring more natural light into your home.
Create a Monochromatic Background
When decorating small spaces, it’s best to use a simple, light colored palette. Elements that disrupt the room’s flow will make the space look cluttered. Encourage visual flow through the creation of a monochromatic background. Simply paint your walls, trim, and window frames the same color to ensure no one element stands out over the rest.
Choose window treatments that are the same color as your paint job for a chic yet bright look. Keep in mind, pale hues work best in small spaces, so go with beige, white, off-white and pastels.
Reflect the View
Mirrors can also broaden a small room, but you have to make sure you place them right. Bringing your outdoor view inside is easy when you craft the illusion of bigger room dimensions through the placement of mirrors opposite your window. Plus, this placement will also bounce more natural light around the room.
Ditch the Blinds
If you’ve tried to open up the space with long, flowing, or vertically shaped window treatments but the room still looks cramped, you may want to do away with the window treatments entirely. Open windows give off a minimalist charm while maximizing natural light. This works particularly well if those windows contain interesting architectural details that offer visual interest and decoration.
Contact Rescom Exteriors
If you are looking for new windows for your small room, look for unique designs that can stand up on their own without having to rely on window treatments. We can help you decide. Contact Rescom Exteriors today.