The video explained why well-known tricks to increase space are not always good
one light walls
Trying to make a small room as spacious as possible, at least visually, people start making mistakes even at the finishing stage. So, it is believed that light walls push the space, increase it. White and other light colors can really do this, but you need to be smart about choosing wallpaper or paint. It’s just that you can’t choose something “light” — in this case, the walls will be lost, and the room runs the risk of becoming faceless. It is much better to choose a light, but interesting, complex shade, such as olive or blue.
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2 accent wall
The main advantage an accent wall can give a room is a sense of depth. It seems to become voluminous and because of this it seems larger. But sometimes the accent design, on the contrary, flattens the room, makes its geometry distorted, changing the proportions of the room. For example, by placing an accent on a long wall in a narrow room, you will enhance the effect of the corridor. And by making the shorter side bright or dark, you can bring the space closer to a square shape. The palette also influences: dark, warm, saturated shades will bring the wall closer, and cold, as if diluted, will move it away. If the print or color for the accent wall is too active, it makes sense to highlight only its fragment, leaving the basic tone and texture on the sides.
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3 Glossy surfaces
Gloss reflects light, and this characteristic is easy to abuse. Often they make glossy facades in small kitchens, wanting to visually make it not so compact. But in a small room, an abundance of gloss from above and below will only press from all sides. Make only the lower cabinets glossy, and replace the upper tier with open shelves — this combination will already help to expand the space. Another mistake is to make too many glossy surfaces in the living room, also striving to increase it. Glittering shelving, cabinet fronts, a coffee table — all together will look redundant and will not increase the space. Stop at 1-2 objects that will reflect the light. A glossy stretch ceiling is also an unambiguously unsuccessful solution. This technique from a typical European-style renovation has become obsolete, without visually raising the ceilings in any room.
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four Furniture that blends in with the walls
When furniture is chosen to match the walls, it seems that it will not catch the eye and “free up” space in the room. However, such total interiors are a skillful thing and have nothing to do with small rooms. If you are afraid of the effect of congestion, then use a similar color scheme and play with shades, such as pastels. If the room has very large furniture (wardrobe, shelving with a home library to the ceiling, TV wall), then it can be decorated in the color of the walls, but only on condition that other items create the necessary accents and “hooks” — so that what to pay attention to.
5 Striped print
It is believed that clothes with a longitudinal stripe are fuller, and wallpapers with such a pattern make the room wider. In fact, everything is much more complicated. Choosing wallpaper with horizontal stripes or painting the walls in this way, you can come to excessive graphics, from which it will ripple in the eyes. Do not refuse the strip if you like the print, but use it better on the carpet (if it occupies a significant area of the room), on one of the walls (fragmentally, not around the entire perimeter) or in textiles on the windows.
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