Great curtains can make the rooms in your house appear larger by making them appear to have more space than there actually is. The techniques to establish these kinds of optical effects are based on curtain colors, interior lighting, and interior design.
First of all, it is well documented from science that light colors make houses appear more spacious. The light colors of the curtains hanging inside the room reflect light better than dark colored curtains. Bangkok residents also like using light colored curtains as they can understand the dynamics of how colors affect the space perception within their homes. In Bangkok, homeowners like to used gold colors, cream colors, and other light colors for their curtains. For the most spacious appearance, the light tone colors of any color would be fine such as light cream, off-white, light, blue, light green, light gray etc. Some homeowners prefer to use dark colored curtains as they prefer to have get more protection from the sun heat and radiation. It is true that even for the same materials and designs of curtains, using a darker color would offer more protection from the light of the sun. In Bangkok where the sun is shining brightly throughout the year, this function is important. However dark colored curtains would not give the same spacious optical perception that light colors do, and these trade offs have to be taken into consideration when choosing the colors of your curtains and sheers. Normally the sheers are an off-white color therefore they are already following the light color scheme, however the main curtains are more significant in making rooms appear bigger than they are. Lighter colored curtains maximize the effect of light and help the room to appear larger and more inviting.
The lighting inside your rooms should also be used to assist the curtains in producing this optical technique. Brightly lit rooms create more reflections from the curtains thereby adding to this effect. During the morning and evening times, opening the curtains and only using sheers to cover the windows would help to bring some natural light into the room, adding to the overall lighting inside the house. In places where sunlight is not so bright, using lamps or more light fixtures may be necessary to increase brightness instead.
There are some other techniques unrelated to curtains or lighting that help to make your rooms appear more spacious. One of the important ones are to always keep your rooms tidy. Messiness makes rooms appear cramped, however neatness makes spaces appear more open. The floors should always be clear and uncluttered, the walls should also be minimally decorated in terms of pictures and paintings. The larger furniture should be placed up against the walls to open up walkways, they should also not block any view into a room. Using furniture with a similar color scheme to the walls and curtains help to make them blend and make rooms appear bigger.
Another technique is to use lots of mirrors inside the house. When strategically placed, they can give a great optical effect of making houses appear bigger. Mirrors amplify the light reflections off the curtains and walls.
Interior design can place an important role in magnifying the spaces within your homes, and it is important to consider them during decoration to ensure that spaces and visual perceptions are optimized for your comfort and well being. Curtains play a big role in this interior design as well as their colors help to maximize lighting reflections in the rooms and control natural lighting from the outside. Mirrors and furniture are also important for achieving this optical perception. These are all important because after all every one of us would love to make our homes appear more spacious and comfortable for living.