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This Furniture Style Will Make Your Space Look Larger

A neutral living room with a soft gray sofa and light wooden accents.
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Not all of us can afford an expansive, open-concept home. However, according to designers, the right furniture can create the illusion of spaciousness.

Louise Bradley, the founder of Louise Bradley Design Studio, explained that heavy, dark furniture is a surefire way to make your space look more crowded.

“It is best to incorporate refined furniture pieces in lighter-toned, natural finishes, such as soft timber veneers, artisan silver leaf, or polished marble,” Bradley said in an interview with Homes and Gardens. “When selecting a piece, be mindful to consider the scale, and avoid oversized options which can sometimes make a room feel darker.”

Suzy McMahon, the buying director at Sofology, specifically pointed to the sofa as the piece that can have the biggest impact on your living area. She explained that a neutral tone can help lighten a space, and, in turn, make it appear larger.

McMahon said that neutral doesn’t mean boring, and went on to call out details like curved edges, buttons, and fluting as ways to add interest while maintaining neutrality.

If you want more tips to make your space look larger, give minimalism a try.

[Via Homes and Gardens]

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