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How to make your work space feel bigger part II

 

Welcome to the second blog in our three part series on how to make your work space feel bigger.

 

With the option of working from home in to the future becoming more prevalent it is important to have a space you feel comfortable in. In our last blog we discussed how paint colour can impact the perception of height in a room. In this week’s blog we look at the impact that flooring and furniture can have on a room.

Flooring

When choosing a floor covering for your small room it is suggested that you consider using a light colour, such as light oak or a light coloured carpet. If you are using hardwood then you should select wider planks as they will have fewer joints, thereby making the space look wider and this helps to open up the room. Laying the boards parallel to the longest wall in the room can also create the illusion of more space. Laying any flooring diagonally will help to open up the room by making it appear bigger and wider than it actually is.

Continuing the same type or even colour of flooring into adjoining rooms with also create a feeling of more space.

Some interior designers say that dark wooden flooring can also be successful. Try placing some dark material on the floor and see how it looks.

Furniture

When selecting furniture make sure that it has raised legs as this creates a feeling of space and light in the room. Make sure that some of your furniture is light in colour as it will blend in with the walls again helping to give the room an airy feeling.

For an office desk, consider choosing a long desk – preferably the length of the room-as this will also create the illusion of a longer room as well as facilitating use by more than one person. Choosing a desk with clean lines will further enhance the feeling of space.

Choosing floor to ceiling storage for your room can make your ceiling look higher than it actually is. If you are using shelving for storage it is recommended that you don’t fill every shelf. By leaving some empty space you will create a more open and airy look.

Stay tuned for our final blog in this series where we will continue to discuss the impact that furniture, mirrors and window dressings can have on a room.