The Sunday News
A SMALL or stuffy room that does not receive enough natural light can create a suffocating feel or gloomy appearance. Changing the size of the room or adjusting the windows is out of question.
However, there are steps you can take to give your space a light and airy atmosphere such as light colours, natural elements and a few pieces of furniture create a relaxed look that is open.
Windows are the best place to start with when trying to create an airy atmosphere. The size of the window is important, if it’s small simple, sheer window coverings create the light and airy feeling you want. If your window is big, you can leave it without putting curtains and just tint it.
To some privacy can be a major concern, use a white roll-up blind that pulls down at night, and cover it with white curtains in a lightweight, sheer fabric that has a simple pattern.
Hardwood floors make a room look bigger, if you prefer a soft surface a light-coloured carpet is the way to go. If your room has tiles or vinyl flooring, soften it with an area rug in colours that complement your walls.
Light colours create a feeling of space but that does not mean you are limited to white only. If you prefer a neutral decorating scheme, paint the walls in warm sand, cream or grey.
If you like a little bit more colour, paint the walls in the softest of blue, green or yellow. For a feminine or creative look, consider pale lavender or pink. Keep the look fresh and airy with white trim regardless of what colour you use on the walls.
If your room is small, size your furnishings accordingly to keep the space open. Look for airy materials such as rattan, wrought iron or light-coloured wood for your furniture. These have a natural feel that makes a room look light and relaxed.
Upholstery in smooth fabrics such as cotton is a better choice than rough wools or heavy leather. You want to leave plenty of open space for an airy appearance.
Accessories always have a way of making your room feel complete. A light and airy room should have a minimal amount of accessories. Limit yourself to just a few pieces you truly love. By so doing you will be portraying your personality.
A collection of treasured miniature figurines, a small sculpture or a few baskets give personality to the room without taking up much space.
Show off your favourite framed artwork on the walls, but make sure to leave open space on all sides.