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We all long for big houses, here are some tips that can make your small house look bigger.
Either you have to inherit it, or you ought to be filthy rich to have a huge house in Mumbai. Or become a politician and get a sea-facing three-bedroom government quarter assigned to you. But since majority of us are not fortunate enough to be any of the above, we need to be happy with the small rectangular enclosures we call our home. But just because we have small homes doesn't mean that they need to look small.

There is one great tried-and-true way to deal with small spaces: make them cozier. Using dark colours, soft upholstery, and dramatic lighting can turn most any tiny nook into an intimate and wonderful corner.

However, if you long for wide and open spaces, then these solutions for small rooms may help. Colour techniques, furniture arranging, and lighting considerations can all give the look of space.

LIGHTER HUES
Light and airy colours help small spaces look just a bit larger. Cool colours like blue and green will also add to the effect.

GO MONO-CHROMATIC
Think soothing tone-on-tone for paint techniques, fabrics, and patterns. Cream and white, icy blues, pale greens, and butter yellows are just a few of the combinations that can open up a small room.

ELIMINATE OBSTRUCTIONS
Whenever possible arrange furnishings to open up areas of floor and avoid blocking views to windows and doors. Low benches, ottomans, and armless chairs are one way to accomplish this.

MATCH FURNITURE TO WALL COLOUR
This way, even large chests and armoires will begin to melt into the background when finished in a colour that's close to the wall tone. Add tone-on-tone stencil details to doors for added interest.

LET THERE BE MORE LIGHT
Banish room-darkening shadows by uncovering windows and adding additional light fixtures. Consider cove lighting, up lights, rope lights, bookshelf lights, and any other of the myriad of light fixtures available.

SHEER FABRICS
Look for filmy, gauzy fabrics for window treatments and tablecloths. These lighter-than-air fabrics let the light shine through while adding softness and personality to a space. Look also for patterns that range from flowers and vines that exude romance to straightforward stripes and plaids to give sheers a more tailored look.

LARGER PIECES AND ACCESSORIES
Reduce visual clutter by using fewer, larger pieces of furniture and accessories.

PLAIN UPHOLSTERY
Cover sofas and chairs with plain or textured upholstery rather than vibrant prints. Neutral tones in lighter colours usually make a room look larger. If these aren't your style, use plain or textured upholstery in colours you love-perhaps sage green or navy blue.

USE MORE GLASS
Glass reflects light and blends easily in the space, creating an illusion of space. So get more glass furniture.
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Posted on : 6/1/2006
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