Part 2: Mirrors, Glass, and See-Through Style
Here are more techniques to make a room look, and feel, a bit bigger.
Mirrored Surfaces A mirror table topper is another great way to add some shine to a plain or skirted table. Very simple furniture shapes like square tables or chests can be completely mirrored by a professional glass shop.
Add sparkle and reflection with mirrors. While a framed mirror is a traditional look over a mantle or sideboard, you might consider a more innovative approach like setting an oversize mirror on the floor leaning against a wall (be sure to attach it to the wall securely however, and just pull the bottom of the mirror away from the wall a few inches).
Glass and Lucite
Bring in some see-through style by using glass or lucite tables. They'll provide useful surfaces as dining or end tables, yet practically disappear in a visual perception of the room.
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. Simple lines and shapes can also help to bring a sense of calm and open space into your room.
Emphasize a sense of space by covering sofas and chairs with plain or textured upholstery rather than vibrant prints. Neutral tones in lighter colors will usually make a room feel larger, yet if these aren't your style then use plain or textured upholstery in colors you love -- perhaps sage green or navy blue.
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