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3 Tips To Manipulate The Size Of A Room Using Lighting

Manipulating the size of a room using lighting is an age old design trick. Installing particular light fittings and lamps in specific locations can help to enhance space and even create capacity you never knew you had. Light and shadows can be deceptive, but that isn’t always a bad thing, especially when interior designers and homeowners can benefit from this illusion.

Artificial light is not where it starts or ends because one of the best ways to make a room feel bigger is by allowing natural light to filter into the room. If you have the option of welcoming natural light into the room then do it because this will be the easiest and most cost effective way to make your room seem bigger. Not only will natural light energise the room but it will connect the indoor space with outside, thus creating the sensation that the room no longer has space limitations.

But what if you don’t have the luxury of using natural light to enhance room space? Well it’s over to carefully thought out artificial light designs to make it happen. 

1) Manipulate The Size Of A Room Using Lighting: Recessed Lights


The beauty of using recessed lighting in ceilings or walls is that the actual fittings are sunk in and hidden, which in itself maximises space. You need to think about what areas you’d like to light up and why. Most recessed lights are used for ambient lighting, a term to describe general lighting inside the home, however installing a constellation of recessed ceiling lights still needs careful consideration because if the design is sporadic it can appear messy or if it’s too uniformed and strict it can end up looking like an airport terminal.

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Regardless of the design layout the main point we are trying to make is that recessed fittings such as downlights take up hardly any space. A hanging chandelier may just add another obstacle to the room but recessed lights will remain enclosed in the ceiling, providing light but with it’s entirety mostly going unseen. A recessed wall washer light can be used to point down onto a wall, this not only applies the recessed sunken in look that helps to reduce cluttering but it also supplies an even light to wall surfaces and narrow hallways, which in turn crafts the illusion that space is increased.

2) Manipulate The Size Of A Room Using Lighting: Push Eyes Upwards

If your room lacks width then a great way to deter this is by using light fittings and fixtures high up. Raising the eye from the base up to higher heights will create a vertical path of vision, and when the eye looks up and down, rather than horizontally, the room will appear to look bigger. It doesn’t really matter what kind of fixture it is – it could be tall lamps, LED strip lights or wall sconces, anything to take the focus off the width of the room and draw the eyes upwards is a result.

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3) Manipulate The Size Of A Room Using Lighting: Light Up Nooks & Crannies

The darker the room the smaller it will appear and the darkest sections of the room are always the corners. Installing light within all corners, cracks and crevices of the room will highlight and accent the details that would otherwise be lost within the darkness. Features such as bookshelves, desks and mantle pieces create shadows and therefore darkness, so to rejuvenate this space using lights whilst also drawing attention to the details is a great way to make the room seem more spacious than it actually is.  

So if you are sat there scratching your head wondering how you can make your room appear bigger – why not try out these 3 simple steps on how to manipulate the size of a room using lighting.

  • Natural Light
  • Recessed Lights
  • Direct Eyes Upwards
  • Light Up Corners

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