There are all sorts of ways to make a small room look bigger. No matter if you’re decorating a Cape Cod home or redesigning a breakfast nook in your kitchen, knowing how to make a room appear bigger can give that open and airy feel that you’ve always wanted.
One of the easiest ways to make a room feel more inviting and open is to install the proper window treatments. Keep reading for tips on choosing the right blinds and shades that will accentuate your space without making it feel smaller.Why Blinds Are Ideal for Making a Room Appear Larger
If you’ve ever browsed Facebook, Pinterest, or some other social media site, you know there are plenty of ways to make a room look bigger. From using light neutral-colored paint to minimizing the amount of furniture in the room, there are an endless amount of ways to give the effect that a room is bigger than it actually is.
So, why choose blinds to enlarge a room? The biggest benefit to using window treatments is that they’re inexpensive and a relatively quick project to complete. Buying new furniture for a room can cost thousands of dollars. While applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls is easy, it’s time-consuming and a lot of work.
By choosing to install blinds and shades, you don’t have to worry about spending thousands of dollars. You’ll also have the peace of mind that your room-opening project won’t require too much physical labor and time.
Installing blinds and other window treatments also gives you the added benefit of being able to embrace the latest and greatest technology. In today’s world, manual blinds are a thing of the past. These days there are all sorts of electric and motorized blinds that can be raised, tilted, or closed with the touch of a button. Who wouldn’t want a bigger-looking room that’s accented by convenient electric blinds?
Selecting the Right Blinds for Your Room
Head to your local home improvement store or browse online, and you’ll be greeted with what seems like an endless selection. Not only can you choose between horizontal and vertical blinds, you’ll also have to decide which material and colors work best in your small space.
Heavy and dark window shades add depth to a room and provide increased privacy, but they aren’t an ideal option for smaller spaces. Remember, the size of a room is greatly impacted by the amount of natural light that’s allowed into it. Dark-colored shades and window treatments do what they’re intended to do—keep light out.
To allow more natural light into the room to create a more open and airy feel, you’ll want to go with sheer blinds and shades. Sheer shades not only allow more sunlight in, they also offer an unobtrusive view which can also make a room feel bigger than it is.
Choose Light Colors
If sheer options don’t allow for the privacy that you want, the next option is to choose light-colored blinds and shades. While you may want to match your wood blinds with existing furniture, this can make your small room feel even more enclosed. In small spaces, avoid dark colors.
By choosing light-colored shades, such as white wood or vertical blinds, you’re able to make the most of your room’s size. Top color options include:
- Light gray
As an added benefit, light colors not only open up a room, they also promote airiness and calmness. This impacts the overall aesthetic and ambiance of the room.
If you prefer shades over blinds, it’s also important to stick to lighter colors. Shades should also be solid versus textured or patterned. Shades with patterns or intricate designs can make rooms look smaller. Since every inch matters in a small room, stick to solid light-colored shades to work to your advantage.
There are also other tips to consider when making a room appear larger. First, remove clutter in and around your windows. Putting tables, chairs, and other furniture in front of your windows blocks natural light and makes windows look much smaller. Rearrange your furniture to allow as much of your windows to be exposed.
It’s also important to keep colors throughout your home uniform. Painting rooms different colors breaks up the flow and openness in your home. Repainting your home one light color, such as gray, off-white, or a spa blue greatly maximizes your space. While different colors create contrast, you want to do the opposite in order to make a room look larger.
The Best Blind Styles
Choosing the wrong blinds can make tight quarters feel even more confined. Here are the best blinds and shades styles to consider if an open and airy look is your end goal.
Most modern homes have vaulted ceilings, which add height and size to any room, but, if your home has low ceilings, your space may feel smaller and maybe even cramped. To make your ceilings seem higher than they are, go vertical.
To start, use vertical blinds . These window treatments add a touch of height to the room without going overboard. To add even more height, mount window coverings closer to the ceiling. This draws the eyes upward and creates a bigger look and feel.
Wood blinds are another great option for an open room. These blinds can be purchased in all sorts of colors and thicknesses, though it’s best to stick to lighter colors. You want to avoid purchasing too thick of slats, as they can make your windows look smaller, which then makes the room look smaller.
With this type of blinds, you can enjoy plenty of natural sunlight but also plenty of privacy. The slats can be opened and closed to easily allow for more or less outside light to enter the room.
Choosing the right window treatments is only the first step. The next is to ensure that you’re properly installing them to maximize your space.
Low Profile is Ideal
The first step in choosing the right window coverings is to find ones that sit flush with your windows. While large intricate blinds like cellular and Roman shades add an elegant look to a room, they can make a small room feel and look even smaller.
For this reason, it’s best to stick to low-profile blinds. Wood blinds and roller shades can be installed to sit flush in your window. This way, you’ll have clean lines and can embrace every inch of the room.
Sometimes a room feels smaller because of small windows. Basements, laundry rooms, and garages all tend to have small windows that can shrink a room. To create the illusion of larger windows and, therefore, a larger room, mount window coverings outside of the window, such as on the wall or window frame.
By installing outside of the window, the window treatments will overlap, which makes the windows look much larger. Bigger windows equal bigger-feeling rooms!
Need Blinds or Shades? We’ve Got You Covered
At Décor Blinds and Shades, we offer a wide variety of blinds, shades, and other window treatments. No matter if you’re trying to make a room look bigger or add privacy without shrinking a room too much, we’ve got the window treatment options you need. From remote blinds to vertical blinds, we’re sure to have what your space demands.
Call us today at (305) 282-4873 to place an order or to schedule a complimentary consultation.