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3 Tricks To Make Any Room Feel Larger


home office makeover, beige board and batten trim, blue plaid wall paper, love vs design

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Not all of us are blessed with the ability to live in a grand home with high ceilings and a large square footage - me included! But there are ways to give the illusion of a wider, taller, brighter space that are not only doable, but very affordable! Here are my 3 favorite ways to make my home feel bigger than what it truly is.



Paint


Did you know that by painting the walls, doors, and trim in a room the same color it will actually give the illusion of a larger space? A perfect example of this is our recent Basement Makeover where EVERYTHING but the ceiling got a few "licks" of dark moody blue, courtesy of LICK paint.


basement family room

basement family room and lounge with moody blue walls, navy striped wallpaper, gallery wall, vintage washable rugs, gray LVF


I also used this same trick in my home office, and not only does the room feel rich and warm, but it also looks so much larger than when we first moved in!


home office, feminine vintage decor, gold etageres, farmhouse table desk, loloi alice rug, farrow and ball dead salmon


We're using the same technique in my parents' home office makeover at the moment. My parents were definitely not sure they wanted to go with my suggestion of painting the closet doors and trim the same color as the walls, but now that they've seen the power of this trick, they have mentioned several times how glad they are they took the risk with me!

home office, blue plaid wallpaper, beige board and batten, lick paint



Vertical Trim


spare bedroom, gold antique chair, closet door, berber carpet

home office with berber carpet, beige board and batten, blue plaid wallpaper, lick paint, love vs design


And speaking of my parents' home office, adding board and batten or vertical trim to the walls is an amazing way to trick the eye into seeing a much grander space. The vertical lines draw the eye upward giving the illusion of higher ceilings. And the depth and dimension that board and batten create makes the room feel and look more expensive!


dark narrow entry hallway, white farmhouse light

sherwin williams alabaster, entryway, board and batten, gallery wall, blue vintage rug runners


We used board and batten in our dark narrow entry hallway and painted the entire space Sherwin Williams Alabaster. As soon as my husband began nailing the trim up we could immediately seen a difference! You can read all about the entry transformation here!


Natural Light


breakfast kitchen dining nook with large windows and floor length curtains, silver chandelier
courtesy of my sweet friend's breakfast nook

Recently, I wrote an entire post about the benefits of good lighting in your home. One of the easiest ways to make a room feel larger is to allow more natural light to come in! If you choose to hang curtains in your space, mount the curtain rod as close to the top of the wall as possible. The brackets should be wide enough on either side of the window that when the curtains are open, the entire window and trim are exposed. This not only allows in more light, but makes your windows and ceilings seem MUCH taller! Also make sure that you purchase curtains long enough that they kiss the floor. Curtains that are too short will make the room feel smaller.




Personally, I have chosen to omit curtains from most rooms in our home and simply hang shades for privacy. Removing the curtains in our primary bedroom specifically really opened the space!


primary bedroom with arched floor mirror, king sized bed, gallery wall, brass swing arm wall sconces



What is a trick you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments! Make sure you're following along on Instagram for daily updates on my parents' home office makeover along with extra DIY tips and a peek inside our every day life!


xoxo, L



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