Interior Design Using Feng Shui Principles: Part 2 – When Space is at a Premium
When space is at a premium, the aim should be to increase the sense of space or else to distract the eye from it. This can be achieved through various visual tricks that create the illusion of more space. For instance, furniture slightly off the floor will give the impression of more space in a room, especially beds that sit up off the floor to reveal the floor space beneath giving the impression of more space in the room.
Ceiling chandeliers can be hung from the ceiling either without or with shortened chain drops to give the illusion of higher ceilings. The same colour flooring used throughout a home, especially a smaller home such as an apartment, will give a sense of space and continuity. Blue is a space enhancing colour so blue décor will make the walls recede and gives the impression that the space is larger than it actually is.
Using a strong style and a bold set of colours in pokey rooms that are difficult to decorate distracts the eye from the size of the room and lack of space, giving rooms an individualistic style. For small homes, dark houses or small windows always paint the window reveals in a bright white matt paint (the same as the ceiling) to increase the light, enlarge the windows and make the windows seem more important. Choose curtains with a background colour of white or in a fabric that is the same colour as the walls. For storage reasons and better display surfaces, choose small bedside chests over bedside cabinets. This will make the room seem marginally larger too.
Next week read my latest in this blog’s series called Interior Design Using Feng Shui Principles: Part 3 – More Design Tips.