Intimate spaces like bedrooms don’t have to be introverted – extravagant, large spans can push the space to push the boundaries of conventional design and open up to visual richness. A subtle mix of illusion from the gestalt theories and thoughtful compilation of the mood board can transform a small bedroom to give a sense of a larger space.
In an interview with HT Lifestyle, interior designer Punam Kalra, creative director of I’m the Center for Applied Arts, suggested the following tips to make your bedroom look bigger:
1. Emphasis on the spaces
Each space is perceived in parts that fit into a whole – A blank canvas breaks up a space and articulates it in multiple directions, giving a better, individual focus to the elements in the foreground. Go minimal on the backgrounds with compact furniture and eye-catching decor. Strip down the layers of interior accessories like throw pillows, valence curtains, tapestries, etc. and compose a sleeker aesthetic with solid textures and flawless metal accents. You can bring in more low furniture such as platform beds, wing chairs, linear consoles and ottomans to emphasize good visual connection and let the space breathe.
2. Opt for lighter color palettes
All warm whites, cool whites, neutral beiges and pastels adopt the character of white – its bare surface and reflectivity. Rooms dominated by these white-based bright colors like taupe, peach, powder blue, blush pink and more tend to reflect light to double its area. Bring these sophisticated tones of light to everything from beds to headboards, reflecting the light with more polished finishes and smooth textures in finishes. Terrazzo walls, marble floors and crystal chandeliers have created a wave in all-white bedroom trends – you can achieve such monochrome effects with color-coordinated floors and walls to give an expanded look to the room.
3. Blur the lines
By breaking the physical boundaries of a space, it feels less defined – and therefore appears larger. Focus more on the openings like windows, balconies or seating and include them as part of the room. Introduce furniture pieces that tie spaces together with a single theme – include nature-inspired palettes like wooden beds, rattan chairs, block tables, bamboo screens, handcrafted lamps and more to create a true outdoor interior.
On the other hand, solid walls can also blur spatial boundaries with reflective panels or decorative mirror accents that paint the illusion of a larger space. You can also magnify the reflections with signature floor mirrors or special mirrored walls that introduce new views into the space.
4. Voucher for installed parts
A well-planned interior delimits a space and defines its width. The introduction of built-in furniture along a clear floor plan can bring a clean outline to the visual composition of the interior space. Either the floor clearance can be eliminated completely with a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe or the furnishings can be made much more airy with floating wardrobes. Opt for dainty silhouettes and monochromatic palettes for custom storage, and experiment with space-saving upgrades like convertible tables, under-bed shelves, etc. More covert elements can also be introduced with cove lights along the wall panels, among other options.
5. Balance the proportions
The creation of the illusion of a larger space is intertwined with the composition of the elements – visual balance and rhythm. Symmetrical elements like a pair of pendant lights, a four-door console, a two-door French door, and more signal direct balance, while details like geometric wallpaper elevate it beyond the immediate sight. Compositions such as lattice walls, double vanities, or even identical decorations can expand your viewing angles and make the space appear larger.
In parallel, the relationship between continuity and illusion is best illustrated by curtains and drapes from ceiling to floor that span an entire wall, rugs that occupy an entire floor, and more that connect different parts of a room and one draw a coherent interior scene. These connecting elements are the key to the visual impressions of a room for the viewer.
According to Ankit Ojha and Anand Ojha, the main designers at Anand Atelier Associate, the interiors of our homes reflect who we are and who we are. They insisted: “It should always reflect positivity and calm whenever we enter it. With our hectic schedules, it’s our homes and especially the bedrooms that give us the peace and warmth.” They’ve listed a few tips we can apply to our spaces to make them feel bigger and more airy:
1. White Interior:
White interior is very trendy and also gives the room a refreshing look. It makes the room appear lighter and brighter when natural light hits it. White interiors with lots of houseplants, vintage pieces, contrasting colored fabrics and carefully chosen personal pieces make the space feel prettier and more airy.
2. Go minimalist
The bedrooms automatically appear larger if they have a lot of free space. Minimalism and simplicity offer us chaotic free spaces that allow us to experiment with different colors and create contrasting combinations. It will make your bedroom calmer and more relaxing, giving it a more sophisticated and stylish look.
3. Be creative with your furniture
Use floating shelves, elegant wooden shelves or glass shelves in combination with the right hardware choices and material to create a noticeable difference in space. Hidden storage is one thing! We all want it and we all love it. We can provide hidden storage behind a mirror or nice upholstery. When we provide hidden storage behind upholstery or mirrors, they give the room a sleek and more organized look.
4. Mirror Mirror on the wall
Adding mirrors can instantly help transform the look of the room and also helps add glamor to the room. The mirror reflects the light and gives the illusion of a much larger space. Choose walls that get as much natural or artificial light as possible. It helps in maximizing the sense of space.
5.Ceiling to floor curtains
In your room, install floor to ceiling curtains that add symmetry to the room and make the room appear larger. Use linen or cotton fabrics in pastel colors as darker fabrics absorb more light. If we have more than one window, we can also choose between blinds for the windows.