If your home has small rooms, you can make it look larger by creating an illusion of space. Mirrors, light coloured walls, and a clutter-free look can help add size to a small space.
Effective lighting makes a room look larger. First think about your natural light. Take full advantage of sunlight by keeping your windows clear of nets, blinds and ornate soft furnishings. Position mirrors opposite windows to reflect natural light and give an illusion of high ceilings and wide floor areas.
Use electric lighting to complement natural light. This is particularly important if the room has small windows or is used a lot in the evenings. Choose cool white lighting to give an illusion of space.
Light temperature describes how warm or cold a light source appears. It is measured using the Kelvin scale. Warm colours are ‘orangey’ and create a cosy intimate atmosphere. Cool whites have a more blue effect, making them perfect for the minimal look needed to make a room look bigger.
Because LED light bulbs are available in cooler colour temperatures, they are perfect for lighting small rooms. For general illumination, choose LED lights with wide beam angles. Use focused, directional lighting to illuminate features or certain parts of your room.
Focused lights add shadowing, which gives the illusion of more space. LED lighting is perfect for this and there are bulbs available for a wide range of light fittings. Think too about wall lights and uplighters, which reflect light up the walls towards the ceiling.