Recently, while I was resetting my house for Gitter Done, I had one of those design epiphanies. Now, you ALL probably already know this. I didn't. It has to do with physical space.
Currently I live in a fairly small home. Since the birth and growth of our two sons and the addition of two dogs and the add-on retired husband, our home has gotten smaller. It's a lovely little pad, though. I mean, I dream of bigger, but in all honesty, this home is manageable. Yes, I wish there was more storage. Our two-car garage was converted to a family room 8 years ago. Our basement is a partial with a crawl space. We lack in storage areas. However I have managed well with what we have. We are now bursting at the seams. Busting a gut, one might say. So, instead of complaining about it. I thought I'd do something about it. Time to say goodbye to the stuff and repurpose furniture, shelves, closets, etc.
While doing this mini-makeover I noticed something.
See that chair and ottoman on the lower left? Yep. That's the one. Look underneath the legs of the chair?
What do you see?
I've learned that mirrors and light colors add visual space to a room.
However, actually seeing space adds physical space to a room. In this small house, where all four of us and the furry ones are amid the structure all day long, having actual physical space to see with my eyes has opened my perspective to making our home quite literally bigger.
I am a visual person. And a feeling person. I cannot sit too long in a room with painted red walls, dark mahogany furniture and not start to feel the coziness, the warmth, the darkness around me. So living in a lighter home has been on my agenda for a long time. This transformation, in real time, will take me years to accomplish. That's OK. I have started, and continuing on this journey is actually fairly easy. Make it white. Brighten things up. Paint. Move stuff over or out. Not that hard a transformation when the color palette is simple.
Then I was awakened to space.
Take a look here:
how different this bedroom would FEEL if we couldn't see underneath the bed
and look what happens here,
seeing the floor opens up the room
how about here,
and even here in this darker palette,
the exposed floor underneath the table
allows the room to breathe
and here too, with the darker woods
without a rug to choke the room,
Just seeing space,
not only the illusion of it,
creates an openness in a room.
This is my new reality!