Make any room feel bigger

November 2014 Redbook has a great article in the Design School series.

Make any room feel bigger Tiny space? No problem. Listen to this wisdom and you’ll swear that someone snuck in and added some serious square footage to your home.

Redbook Design School series November 2014

Make any room feel bigger

Tiny space? No problem. Listen to this wisdom and you’ll swear that someone snuck in and added some serious square footage to your home.

  1. Opt for a dark accent wall-it will make that area recede and the room look larger.
  2. Mirrors reflect light and create the appearance of more depth.
  3. Limit big bold prints to throw pillows or small furniture ranther than dominant pieces like the sofa.
  4. Go for glass or acrylic tables. Because you can see through them, they don’t take up any visual space.
  5. Light it up! Dim areas disappear, so add lamps or sconces (to free up floor space) in at least three corners.
  6. Another way to open up a room: Buy curtains and paint bookshelves in similar tones as the wall. They’ll blend in, creating a streamlined effect.
  7. Play with scale. A tiny room full of tiny furniture appears even smaller than it is.
  8. Floor to ceiling drapes draw the eye upward, making the ceiling seem higher.
  9. The low profile of backless seating-think poufs, X-benches, and garden stools-won’t add visual clutter.
  10. Invest in a large area rug. Your eye naturally goes to the outer edges which maximizes your square footage.

Experts Elaine Griffin, Libby Langdon, Janet Lee.
Illustration by Kate Francis


Lamps and sconces come in such a wide variety of styles to coordinate with any interior.

Wall Sconces & Brackets

Antique Reproduction Sconces Antique Reproduction Sconces These wall sconces coordinate with Old World Antiques or Antique Reproduction furnishings. These sconces incorporate elements from a variety of historical sources.
Antique Reproduction Brackets Antique Reproduction BracketsDrawn from historic sources, these wall brackets work with a variety of formal or traditional interiors. Look for iron, gold or silver finish in patinaed metal or painted finish.
Art Deco Sconces Art Deco Sconces
These sconces coordinate with a variety of Art Deco era interiors.
Antique Reproduction Large Pendants Art Deco Brackets Ranging from elegant to rustic, these brackets coordinate with a variety of Art Deco interiors.
Art Nouveau Sconces Art Nouveau Sconces These wall sconces draw from the organic curvilinear sources of the Art Nouveau style. They are available in a variety of finishes and motifs to coordinate with many romantic or dramatic interiors.
Art Nouveau Brackets Art Nouveau Brackets This collection of Art Nouveau brackets coordinates with many interiors. Beautifully unique, these brackets are works of art.
Contemporary Sconces Contemporary Sconces These sconces are a beautiful addition to your contemporary interior design.
Contemporary Brackets Contemporary Brackets This collection of wall brackets demonstate the range of choices that coordinate with a contemporary interior.
Contemporary Wall Lamps Contemporary Wall Lamps Use this wall mounted lighting in place of a Table Lamp for statement making light sources.
Eclectic Sconces Eclectic Sconces This collection of unique and fun sconces may be just what you are looking for if you want something special, something different.
Eclectic Brackets Eclectic Brackets Eclectic wall bracket sconces come in a variety of choices. Playful or natural, modern or historic, these sconces all are a breath of fresh air. If you want your interior to stand out, look at these eclectic options.
Modern Sconces Modern Sconces Closet to the wall than brackets, Modern Sconces feature chrome and glass or other materials to give a modern or ultra modern feel to your residential or commercial interior.
Modern Brackets Modern Brackets Modern wall brackets combine brushed steel, chrome and glass in clean lines for orm and function.
Oriental Sconces & Brackets Oriental Sconces & Brackets These wall sconces and brackets draw on a variety of oritental motifs. From Japanese linear to ornate Chinese, these sconces bring an Eastern edge to your decor.
Rustic Sconces Rustic Sconces These wall sconces coordinate with your rustic interior.
Rustic Brackets Rustic Brackets These wall brackets bring fun rustic style to your room.
Traditional Brackets Traditional Brackets These wall brackets in metal finishes coordinate beautifully with a traditional, Early American or conservative interior.
Transitional Sconces Transitional Sconces These sconces combine elements of traditional and conteporary. This comfortable current style will coordinate with today’s interiors.
Transitional Pool table & Island Lights Transitional Brackets These casual wall brackets bring light to your bath, entry, stair well or other areas. Transitional style works with many interiors.
Alabaster Sconces Alabaster Sconces Natural alabaster makes a beautiful addition to your home. Diffusing the light through the natural stone, this durable material is a good choice for residential or commercial application.
Crystal Sconces Crystal Sconces Crystal is always a classic. This page features wall sconces in a variety of styles, all dressed in crystal. These sophisticated wall sconces are a wonderful accessory for your home.
Crystal Brackets Crystal Brackets This collection of crystal wall brackets range from traditional to modern, heirloom to eclectic. Always a classic, beautiful crystal is an instant heirloom.
Nautical Outdoor Lighting Bulkheads Outdoor Wall Sconces & Ceiling LightsBulkheads are versatile durable lights used in industrial or marine environments. They can be used on walls or ceilings. Architects and designers use these to indoors and outdoors to coordinate with a nautical inspired interior or to add a fun feel.
ADA Wall Sconces ADA Wall Sconces These sconces project no more than 4″ from the wall to comply with the ADA, Disabilities Act. Select from a wide range of colors, finishes and styles.
ADA Wall Brackets ADA Wall Brackets Choose from a wide variety of styles of ADA Wall Brackets. These wall brackets meet the specifications of the US Disabilities Act, which requires public accommodations and commercial facitlites to comply with specific guidelines.
Besa ADA Sconces Besa ADA Sconces These sconces from Besa Lighting meet the requirements of the Disabilities Act, they are available in a wide variety of glass choices.
Glass Sconces Glass Sconces This collection of glass wall sconces shows the range available. Browse through the incredible variety of colors and patterns availble.
Glass Brackets Glass Brackets These wall brackets all feature beautiful glass diffusers.
WAC Glass Wall Brackets WAC Lighting Glass Wall Brackets Glass Companion Wall Sconces provide the perfect accent lighting pieces. Because the glass coordinates with the other pieces in the family, a decorative theme can be carried throughout. With over one hundred different styles and colors of glass shades from around the world, WAC offers a comprehensive selection of styles to satisfy even the most demanding designs.
Fluorescent Wall Sconces Fluorescent Wall Sconces Energy Saving Fluorescent wall sconces don’t have to compromise on style.
Wall Spotlights Wall Spotlights Functional and attractive, select from wall spotlights in a variety of styles to suit your taste and style.
Large Scale Sconces Large Scale Sconces Up to four feet tall, these large scale wall sconce make a big statement.
Swing Arm Lamps Swing Arm Lamps Linear, circular or square canopies in Bronze, satin nickel, chrome or other metal finishes suspend an incridible selection of glass diffusers. Select the options that best coordinate with your interior.
Harco Loor Chandeliers Harco Loor SconcesThese exceptional lighting fixtures are designed and manufactured in Harco Loor’s own factory in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Only high quality materials, such as stainless steel and crystals are used.


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