Trick the eye into seeing more space

Amazing+3d+optical+illusion+Wallpapers-6 blogger Justine Hand is a dab hand (!) at embracing “both the charm and challenges of small spaces.” Done well, she says, “they can feel like cozy, zen-like retreats,” but at the opposite end of the spectrum, a small space crammed full of your worldly goods can feel “cramped, claustrophobic and anything but restful.”

But fear not, help is at hand.

The key to “successful, small space living,” says Hand, “all boils down to tricking the eye into perceiving more space by employing three simple concepts: scale, light and movement.”

We’ve picked our favourite tips…
• Scale it down. “Furniture for small spaces,” says Hand, “is all about proportions… to create a sense of roominess, always leave a little air in between the sides of your furniture and the walls… Also, avoid heavy, weighty pieces that eat up too much of the useable space in the room”
• Keep a low profile. “Furniture that is lower to the ground [like a futon!] will create a feeling of openness… simply by the fact that it leaves more space above.” Hang mirrors low too, says Hand, and think about a low mattress instead of a traditional bed
• “Any discussion of small spaces needs to include the idea of using mirrors to create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, tricking the eye into perceiving more space”
• “Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white… blurs the boundaries between wall and ceiling, causing your eye to travel up, essentially making the ceiling seem higher.” White opens up a room, injecting a feel of calm, light and serenity
• Whether it’s a tall shelf or a bare hanging bulb “employing one element that emphasises the vertical space in the room will increase the sense of openness. It also enhances the feeling of movement and flow”
• Keep it simple. “Small spaces are all about editing. The more pieces, possessions and patterns you have in a room, the more cluttered it will feel… Be strict with yourself and intentional about everything that goes into the room”

Futon Company is full of ideas and products for making the most of small space living as well as tricking the eye into making more space…

Comfort Futon for Double Sofa Bed









Narrow Oak Ladder Shelf










Horizon 3 Seater Sofa Bed










Titch Single Seat Sofa