By using the right kind of colors and the right kind of architecture choices, you can make a room feel larger because no one can actually make a room physically bigger unless you break some walls. I’m talking about colors, windows, flooring patterns, and things that should be in bedroom. If you have a bed room around 2 and half meters by 3 meters and a ceiling that’s almost on to your reach, you’re good to go and you don’t have to use heavy equipments, just use the basic rules of interior designing. But first, you have to remove everything out.
Next, you have to make your room white by painting it. Painting it white will work instantly because your eyes can never find something to focus on like finding the corners of a white box. Instantly, the difference between walls, ceilings, and floor will disappear which means the room will become limitless. And that is the best way to make a bed room feel bigger…but, not until the furniture goes back in place. It is as effective as a shot of espresso, but the sad truth is that none of us is living in an empty white box. It’s too suspicious and almost unlivable. We will get to that, later.
Cleverly, the direction of the floor can also have an impact be it just linoleum, tiles, or wood. Horizontal and diagonal lines increase the feeling of width, while vertical lines accentuate the length and depth. This is how it always goes down to perception on how we see things. We rely on our brains to fill-in the gaps with the information we have learned since childhood about size, shape, and distance. The problem is we are not born with the natural understanding about space. Our brains have to work it all out by the sense of touch and feel. Experiments proved that this process starts by the age of 4 months and has to continue for years.
After the flooring is lined-up, we have to think about the things that should occupy the bedroom. We got the bed itself, closet and cabinet, hobbies, probably a TV set, pet fish, and pillows. This bed room has to double up as play room, TV room, somewhere to relax, and somewhere to study on –by thinking that makes you feel you are in the middle of a conflict, more like a combat. You should do something about it. Here is a good way. Let’s go back from the first element we see and work it out one-by-one. Make your bed and cabinets all in one and place it on the corner or somewhere facing the window if you have one. Closet should be at the other corner of the room. TV should be hanged. Hide the hobby stuff that doesn’t compliment the room, pillows must match the bed, and the fish on top of the deck at the nearest corner to the window.
Windows are the most dominant focal point because people crave views regardless of what they are viewing. Effectively, windows can establish contact with our surroundings through glass, light, and space. Most people want light pouring in because they think it’s good for the health and it is. Window views acts to expand or stretch our bedroom. Light does not only makes a space feel good, it does you good too, even if it’s grey outside. There is a Japanese room designing habit called “borrowing landscape” which means taking-in the outside and moving it inside. Placing an eye-catching plant on or just the other side of the window will draw your eye out and extend the view.
Think about this as a cheap extension of your bedroom, it’s a clever trickery to make your bedroom feel bigger. Perception and proportion, this is how we see this space and how much space we take up to make it a good place to sleep. Besides, what we have inside the house affects up to the outside.