Tricks to make your home more spacious
PUBLISHED: 13:11 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 17:44 29 July 2016
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Helen Crawford of Luton Hoo-based interiors specialists Pink Apple Designs, lights up the room with her tips on creating a spacious feeling in the home
Summertime and the living room is easy. Or at least it can be with a few tricks to make your sanctuary appear more spacious and airy. Dark upholstery can dull the senses and feel crowded, so lift your décor out of the doldrums with one toss of a light-coloured throw over a sofa or armchair and add a scatter of cheery cushions.
A great trick to create a sense of space are barely-there transparent plastic dining chairs and tables by Philippe Starck – fabulous for an uncluttered look. For a quick pick-me up, a pop of colour never fails. A burst of brilliance courtesy of an Eames or Morrison side chair will do the trick.
It’s summer, so bring the outdoor in with a cheeky Starck garden gnome stool and a flourish of fresh flowers in an oversized vase. Celebrate British Summer Time with an easy-on-the-eye clock like George Nelson’s Sunflower or treat yourself to a dining trolley, perfect for al fresco dinners, while keeping indoor surfaces free.
For the impression of spaciousness and for bouncing light back into a room, cleverly-placed mirrors can work wonders. Go for something gloriously glossy by Verpan for the ultimate optical illusion. Reflect also on the benefits of buffing up windows and wiping down frames – then pin back your curtains and fling open the doors.
Follow these tips and keeping things light and airy in your Hertfordshire haven will be a breeze.