Arranging furniture to create the illusion of space
It is possible to give the illusion of larger spaces within our homes with a little interior design trickery. By using some tried and tested methods, we can make our homes appear larger than life. Try these “house-growing” tips out for size...
In order to create a larger home without actually increasing any of the dimensions, it is essential to know the enemy. Once we identify the things that, in effect, shrink our homes, we can work on the solution.
First on the list of demons is clutter. The more “stuff” in a room, the more the walls close in. When a room is crammed with furniture and effects it sucks the light out of the space, resulting in a cramped, dimly lit interior. The sooner the room is cleared of clutter and unnecessary items, the quicker it can be opened up into a beautiful light-filled space with room to walk around without banging into the furnishings.
Image above shows "St. Paul's Cathedral" Acrylic on Canvas
Solve color crimes
Dark paint colors absorb light and give the illusion of pulling walls in. Space-creating shades include light-reflective hues such as whites, creams and energizing pastels. Ice cream sundae shades such as pistachio, mint and light coffee in the palest tints define a room in terms of color, but do not dominate in such a way as to eat space. For an airy feel, give a room drapes in the same shade as the walls. Painting wooden floors and ceilings in light colors stretches spaces, pushing more light into the corners and opening them out. Choose upholstery and textiles with interesting textures rather than pattern, and elect for pale neutral shades that serve as the perfect background for pops of color.
Think small to get big
If a room is small, don't fill it with over-sized furniture. Source items that suit the scale of the room. Avoid conventions such as large sofas and matching armchairs if this is going to make the room feel like a furniture showroom. Choose models on raised legs to give a feeling of more light and space. Be flexible; consider alternatives such as a space-efficient corner sofa or a different room lay out. Consider using clever storage furniture that serves a dual purpose – items such as storage foot stools have the interior capacity to swallow plenty, whilst also offering a comfortable perch for putting the feet up or just sitting. Sometimes, giving a small room focus with bold wall art or a fireplace gives it balance and helps dictate a more pleasing, spacious feel.
The week, I visited LACMA to view the Stanley Kubrick exhibit. The exhibit showcases Kubrick's drastic range of film genres and use of photography, costume, and musical score to make the film come to life. There is a display of his high tech lenses, as Kubrick came from a photography background. His films are influenced by his love of photography, from the lighting to the realism, and the use of the one-point-perspective.
Outside of the Kubrick exhibit, the museum features many interesting and interactive modern art installations, which also serve as great photo shoot opportunities.
Check out this behind the scenes video with some of the highlights:
-Penetrable by Jesus Rafael Soto- A neon yellow walk-thru sculpture of hanging plastic ropes that look like spaghetti (featured in the video)
-Stanley Kubrick- Viewing room for 2001 Space Odyssey (featured in the video)
-Chris Burden's Urban Light Sculpture (no admission required to view)- 202 vintage street lamps that offer a great photo op from every angle. (shown below)
-Levitated Mass- A giant elevated granite rock (not pictured)
-Tory Smith- "Smoke" The massive 24' high black hexagonal sculpture inside the lobby of LACMA (featured in the video)
Here is a close up of the Stanley Kubrick exhibit, which featured his annotated scripts, production photography, hand-drawn storyboards, and lenses.
Ad close up of the LACMA Architecture and Penetrable.
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