Emma Vans Agnew, Design Director of Fabrics & Paper has these space enhancing tips for us:
To push the walls out in a small room, it’s really important to use a fairly neutral colour palette for the walls with complementary colours for the curtains. It is all about creating an optical illusion; look to wallpapers with a metallic pattern that will reflect light, whilst subtle patterns add visual interest without being too overwhelming.
And stripes are particularly useful. Vertical stripes will increase the illusion of height in a room, whilst horizontal stripes will make it look wider. If your room has a stretched, rectangular shape, it's perhaps a long wall with a window at one end, using a striped wallpaper laid on the horizontal will really stretch out the dimensions.
For the more adventurous decorate the whole room in the same fabric, and I do mean everything — walls, curtains, upholstery, even the lampshades and picture frames, whether it's a leopard print or a toile de jouy. One wild print all over the place enlarges a small space, brings it all together, and adds a big wow factor.
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