Big spaces can look cramped and small spaces can look enormous. This is often due to simple methods of decoration and arrangement. How-to illustrator Yumi Sakugawa offers up several suggestions to help make the most of your space.
Among them, she suggests keeping walking pathways unblocked and staying organised -- which are kind of a given, but also to create the illusion of more space with paint, mirrors and clear objects. For example, a glass coffee table is mostly transparent, making it feel like it takes up less space than it does. Also, large mirrors can give the illusion of added depth to keep the space from feeling cramped. Finally, adding colour to your walls will make them feel less-cramped. White walls are often thought to be the best choice for adding the illusion of greater depth, but light colours seem to do that better.
If you're not just looking to make your home feel bigger but want to make it look better too, check out our guide to basic home design on the cheap.
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