Monday,16 July, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1297, (26 May - 1 June 2016)
Monday,16 July, 2018
Issue 1297, (26 May - 1 June 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: When less is more

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

When it comes to home decorating, every inch counts. And as not everyone is an interior designer, arranging furniture can be difficult, regardless of the size of a room.

No doubt, it’s easy to get excited and end up with a space that feels even smaller and more cluttered than when you began. Even if there are no definite rules to adhere to when decorating, some common mistakes that could make a place look smaller, even if there is space to spare, should be avoided.


Here are a few tricks to get the most out of every square foot of space:

- Use the correct scale of furniture in your space. Filling a space with too small or too large furniture can ruin a room, making it appear smaller than it actually is.

- Don’t decorate every aspect of a room in matching colours. Limit the theme to either the walls or the furnishings, but not both. In fact, experimenting with different colours and patterns might enhance a room.

- Move furniture pieces a few inches away from walls to give the illusion of open space.

- Avoid painting walls in dark colours. Use light colours to make spaces feel more open and airy. If you must use darker shades, confine them to a feature wall, as they absorb light and make rooms seem smaller than they actually are.

- Create seasonal displays of your favourite items and change them regularly. Remember, creativity is essential when adding additional storage using shelves.

- Opt for floor-to-ceiling curtains. These will make your ceilings appear taller and your rooms larger. If full-length curtains are not your style, place curtain rails as close to the ceiling as possible and cut curtains off at the windowsill to create the illusion of a higher ceiling.

- Relocate furniture. Too much furniture in a room can limit space and reduce movement.

- Make sure furniture does not block windows. Connecting a room with the outside will create a sense of depth and make the space look bigger.

- Try to have more sources of light in each space, as poor lighting can make a room feel small and dull, while natural light and interesting features can make a space feel bigger. If you don’t have the space for additional light, use a mirror to reflect natural light around the room.

- Replace bulky or dark curtains with sheer, light curtains pulled back to let in the light.


- Incorporate taller, oversized mirrors in small rooms to create the illusion of space. Position them opposite windows to double the view.

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