How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger Using Creative Wall Art
The second in a series to help you make a room look brighter and larger. Mirrors add light to a room, while clever posters and artworks can create an illusion of a larger room.
Using Wall Art Creatively to Make a Room Look Brighter
Techniques and ideas for adding an illusion of light and space with wall decor
Continuing our series on how to make small rooms look bigger, we move on from using paint effectively to other easy and inexpensive ideas such as adding posters, murals and mirrors.
Often with an under-sized room we will try to keep the walls bare. Having lots of posters, pictures and other parephenalia on a wall is a great way to make it look cluttered and small -- exactly the effect we want to avoid.
On the other hand, carefully chosen wall decor can in fact (in moderation) help to open up a room and create an effect of more space and sunlight. Here we will look at a few ideas for making rooms visually larger.
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More in the Home Decor for Small Spaces Series
Mirrors Add Light to Small Rooms
Small rooms are often dark rooms. There is simply not enough space for light to bounce around, brightening it up. You may even be dealing with a room with no windows where you rely entirely on artificial light.
A lack of light can be oppressive and it makes sense to maximize any light you do have in a room. Mirrors are perfect for this task. They can be used to direct light, natural or artificial, from one surface to another. Place a mirror where it reflects the most light (and preferably the outside view if you look out onto trees or sky) but take care not to direct the full glare of sunlight onto a bed or cot, a caged pet, or treasured possessions.
The beauty of mirrors is that these days they come in so many attractive forms, allowing you to choose one for everything from beachside decor to vintage French, and from prairie style to contemporary urban.
Mirrored doors and panels can create an entire mirror wall which will visually lengthen a room by reflecting it back on itself. A couple of smaller mirrors in different places may be a better choice for a tiny room that can be swamped by a bigger mirror.
Standing mirrors suit period homes and vintage style.
Mirrors are also important to feng shui, which has its own recommendations for auspicious mirror placement. I'm no feng shui expert but have found a couple of links below that may interest those who wish to explore these principles further.
Add a Fake Window to Create a View
Pictures that look like windows are a great way to add an illusion of depth to a small room, especially in a windowless room or one that has no view to speak of.
These fake windows feature a variety of beautiful scenes that can help lift the mood and bring more life to a room.
Choose a scene from nature that fits with the style of your decor. You can add a beach scene for a coastal living theme, a mountain view in a rustic frame, or even an aged stone window to create the illusion of living in your own castle. Many other combinations are also available from this store.
If you prefer artworks, there are a number of painters who specialize in beautiful window scenes full of sunlight, which will complement bright and breezy decor. Alice Dalton Brown and Lynn Fecteau are two names to look out for.
Room Murals Transform a Wall
By applying a large room mural you can completely change the look of a room. A wall mural creates a scene that looks like you could step right into it. You choices include:
- Woodland, Forest and Tree Murals that add a peaceful green vista to your living space
- Tropical Island and Beach Murals to bring a touch of paradise into your home with turquoise seas and golden sandy beaches
- Magnificent Mountain Murals with everything from pretty mountain meadows to sweeping vistas of the world's greatest peaks
- Plus cityscapes, world monuments, and many more.
More Resources for Creative Wall Art
The Use and Placement of Mirrors in Feng Shui
Looks at the feng shui principles behind placement of mirrors
Etch Your own Mirror
Create beautifully etched mirrors for your home with this step-by-step guide from Inspired Goodness
Using Mirrors in Home Decor
Tips from the much-loved For Dummies series authors on mirrors in decor, including frame styles and even using colored glass
Trompe L'Oeil Paintings
Trompe l'oeil is French and means trick the eye, because this painting style fools you into seeing a scene on a flat surface. Janet Shearer is a master of the art.
|The Art of Illusion: A Trompe L'Oeil Painting Course|
North Light Books
Janet Shearer and The Art of Illusion
Painting and Perspective to Fool the Eye
In trompe l'oeil painting the intention is to create a picture on a (normally) flat surface that uses perspective and realistic painting in such a convincing way that the viewer believes the objects or scenes are real.
Janet Shearer is one of the world's best trompe l'oeil artists. I used to own the book featured here and it is fascinating even if you never pick up a brush. Of course, the real fun lies in trying your own tromple l'oeil artwork using her tips and techniques!
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