Some bedrooms are inherently large, so the feeling of spaciousness is already there. In most cases, however, the average homeowner must live with a bedroom that is adequate but not overly spacious; so there is a need to make the room feel and live larger. The floor plan and design of the room is key in making any space feel more open and spacious, elevating your enjoyment and relaxation in the room. Refer to the following design tips to make any bedroom feel more spacious.
Open up the Floor Plan
The easiest way to make any space feel larger and more spacious is by making it feel more open. One of the simplest solutions is to eliminate clutter by getting rid of anything that is not essential and by finding great storage solutions. Windows that are larger or window treatments that allow more light into the space also make a space feel brighter, open and larger. Choose furniture that is in scale with the room; oversized pieces will only contribute to a feeling of overcrowded space. Even reducing wall clutter has a positive effect: Instead of displaying many pieces of art on the wall, for example, switch to one larger wall art that can work as a focal point.
As mentioned above, clutter makes a room feel chaotic, cramped and small. A bedroom that is well organized, with a place for everything and everything in its place, feels clean, spacious and uncluttered. Closet storage modules and shelving systems, under bed storage, wall hooks and behind-the-door storage solutions are just a few possibilities that make it easier to tidy up a room and keep it that way.
Line of Sight Plans
If building a new house or remodeling an existing one, consider whether “line of sight” can be improved to make a bedroom feel larger. “Line of sight” simply means that you can see into an adjacent space or through an adjacent space and into the next space from the room in question or the bedroom in this case. As an example, if the bedroom is adjacent to the living space, which is next to a dining space, aligning all of the doorways so that you can see out of the bedroom, into the living room all the way through the dining room will make the bedroom feel larger because you perceive all three rooms as one continuous space. This also works if the bedroom has French doors, patio doors or large windows that look out to a garden or outdoor room, deck or lanai. You perceive this expanded space as part of this room, so it feels larger.
Line of sight is not always possible, however; or it may not be feasible or desirable to knock down walls to improve line of sight. In some cases it may be possible to convert closed walls to archways, which will also add to a feeling of spaciousness. Something as simple as keeping the door open or rearranging the bed or furniture so that there is a better view of the doorway or windows can also help.
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