How to visually expand a narrow room: 5 working ways
In narrow rooms it can be difficult to arrange furniture, choose the right finishes and decor, because with the wrong choice, the space becomes visually even more cramped. What needs to be done to visually expand the room, the designers said.
The most famous and common technique for visually expanding a room is stripes. If the laying of the flooring is perpendicular to the long walls, and the short walls are striped horizontal wallpaper, a slight but noticeable expansion effect will be obtained, writes Inmyroom.
Cross shapes, ceiling beams and furniture that does not stand along the walls, but if possible in the center of the room are good options for visually expanding the room. For example, a group of sofas and armchairs is best placed in the center of a narrow room, if the area allows. This will create a visual and functional barrier.
In narrow rooms it will be interesting to play with the shape of the space. For example, lay the floor at an angle or make an asymmetry on the ceiling, and support new directions with wall decoration. This is a bold decision that will add dynamics and take space away from the rectangles. However, such a subtle play of forms is best left to designers.
With the help of light, you can also visually expand the space. To do this, place directional light fixtures on the ceiling, and direct the light flux to long walls. It is better to give preference to more neutral and inconspicuous lamps.
In order to expand a narrow room, you can paint long walls in light neutral or cold shades. If you use wallpaper, then they should be with a low-contrast and unobtrusive small pattern. And on short walls, on the contrary, you can use active bright shades, warm and saturated colors, large drawings. With this technique, you visually bring short walls closer and expand long ones, thereby improving the proportions of the room.
Previously, designers named five reasons why the room looks cramped. This effect can be caused by focusing on the wrong wall or the wrong choice of furniture.