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Using Shades to Make Your Home Look Bigger

It’s not easy to choose the right window treatments for your home, especially if you have no background in interior design to ensure you get the right styles, materials, and proportions. You might, for example, love the look of voluminous, floor-to-ceiling drapes, and while these will work splendidly in a large room with vaulted ceilings, helping to accentuate the height of the room, they’re likely to be far too imposing in a small house.

Low-profile shades aren’t right for every home, but when you’re working with small spaces, you’ll find that window treatments with less depth and dimension are preferable. How can you choose the shades that are going to create the illusion of larger rooms and more space in your home? Here are a few tips and tricks to consider.

Measure for a Perfect Fit

Overly large window treatments will not do you any favors when you’re trying to make a small space look bigger, so it’s imperative that you take accurate measurements, especially if you plan to fit shades flush within window frames rather than setting them outside the perimeter of the window with an outside mount, as you would with other window coverings.

The only reason you might want to choose a shade larger than your window and set it outside of the frame is if you have an abnormally small window and you want to create the appearance of a larger window to balance the proportions of the room. For regular size windows, however, ask your window treatment specialist to take precise measurements to ensure a perfect fit and the lowest possible profile.

Choose the Right Textiles

Dark, heavy fabrics are only going to add visual weight to your space, and one of the best ways to create the illusion of a larger, more open space is by sticking to a lighter color palette. You might be tempted to go for a custom look with bold colors, patterns, or shine, but drawing attention in this way won’t create the visual appeal you prefer.

You’ll also want to avoid textured shades that draw the eye. The idea is to use lighter colors that blend with existing wall and flooring in light hues. You should lean toward cooler tones that are going to visually recede rather than stand out and draw attention.

Consider Translucent Options

Lighting is an important part of how your space appears, and if you want to make smaller rooms seem larger, more light is always to your advantage. Natural light is especially desirable. Of course, you still want to maintain a measure of privacy.

Choosing sheer or translucent shades is a good way to accomplish both goals. While you might want blackout shades in the bedroom to facilitate restful slumber, you’re better off using shades that allow for more natural light in the rest of the house as a way to create an open and airy atmosphere even when shades are closed.

If you’re having trouble choosing the right shades to complement your small interior spaces and make them appear larger, don’t hesitate to contact the qualified professionals at The Blinds Side at 410-630-6940 or [email protected] for expert design and installation services.

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