An optical illusion
I think our house was designed by a first year architecture student, and I know it was built by a beginner. There are things we noticed when we first looked at the house that we knew would never work, and changed some of them then, but others have had to wait until we had more money.
One thing they did was put the "back door" on the side, which meant that every time the kids wanted to go out to play when they were small, I had to go out, unlock the gate and let them into the backyard. When the dog needed out, same thing. Not only that, but this door faces north and has no porch over it, so wind howls through in winter and rain is forced in too.
Finally after 13 years here, we put in a door from the kitchen into the backyard yesterday. I wish we had done this instead of putting in flooring 13 years ago. What a difference it has made. The extra light makes the room seem twice as big.
That made me think of the other optical illusions we use to make small spaces seem larger. When we moved in, the flooring was a dark vinyl. We put in white tile and the room seemed to double in size.
The master bedroom is 12x15 and only has one 3x6 window. I am going to put curtains on either side of the window so it looks like there is a 9x6 window there instead.
The other 2 bedrooms are 10x10 and have the same 3x6 window. In those rooms I had curtains, but when I took those off & just put up valances, it seemed to open the room more.
My next goal is to clear the clutter both on the floors, table tops, and walls because it feels like the walls are closing in lately.
What have you done to visually create more space?