No need to do much for enlarging a room or create perspective. You just have to know how to use paint to transform your interior. Here are some ideas for using optical effects properly:
Light Colored Walls & Floors
Light colored walls and floor would have an enlarging effect and would also enlighten the room. You’d better chose one color only from floor to ceiling: it won’t draw attention to the corners, the room will then seem larger. Light teints (wood, white, light brawn) would also perfectly match with colorful furniture.
Dark floor, light walls
A dark floor would make an enlarging effect and give more character to your interior. That is the reason why it is mainly advised to have a floor slightly darker than walls. Grey or black floors can be very elegant but they would also draw attention on the floor only, overlooking the rest of the room. What’s more, pay attention to colorful floor, your eyes might get tired of it very quickly!
Light floor and dark walls
Dark walls – with light floor and ceiling – would seem higher and deeper but also very tight. You should also have a very bright room if you want to use a dark painting, so that your interior doesn’t seem too dark – pretty much like a shady basement.
Light floor and walls, dark ceiling
A dark ceiling would make the room lower. Nevertheless, if you have a high ceiling, painting it might be a good idea, it will give the space some colorful energy and transmit light from the different ceiling lights.
Painting a niche will allow gaze to escape the room and create the illusion of an open space. Use of a colorful canvas or mirror would have basically the same effect.
Paint one wall only
Paint one or two walls instead of all of them modify the organization of space and contribute to make it larger and more open. Paint the wall at the back with a strong color will enlarge the room. For example use it at the end of a tight corridor. Be careful if you decide to paint lateral walls, it will make the room longer but tighter.
Play with lines
Horizontal lines will open the room in its width. Vertical lines will extend the space to the back of the room. Then, it is strongly advised to use line perpendicularly to the longest walls in order to enlarge the room.
Vertical lines on the walls (or curtains) will stretch the wall to the ceiling, whereas horizontal lines will make the walls wider.
Pay attention not to select too big lines in small interiors. It will make the room smaller.
If you’re going to Bali soon, don’t forget to stop in Seminyak for some shopping! You can find all kinds of home décor and furniture at a bargain price, and you can ship everything everywhere in the world.
Before moving to practical details, let’s see some examples of what you can find in Bali.
For more classic furniture you can go to Valore*, they have modern indoor and outdoor furniture.
Glass creations of Focus Design*.
Sold with the wooden base for about 50USD
Gigantic stainless steel sculptures of Chenergy* gallery.
Another sculpture made by Chen
Practical details & Delivery
Where to go?
If you don’t have much time, just go to Kerokoban Street (Jalan Kerokoban) which stretches from Seminyak to Kuta. It’s 5 min away from the center of Seminyak (30.000 Rp), 10 minutes from the center of Kuta, and 20 minutes from the airport. But you’ll find home décor shops all over the place in Bali ! You can also customize and personalize your furniture for a very reasonable price.
Shipping furniture from Bali
Furniture can be shipped everywhere in the world. I asked in 2 shops and it’s around USD200 to ship 1 cubic meter to Paris and the same price for 2 cubic meters to New York, whatever the weight of your container. Don’t forget to ask about applicable taxes and/or VAT in your home country.
Balinese woods are used to humidity. When you ship them to a drier country, the wood might crack if it hasn’t been properly dried or if it’s of a poor quality. Better spend a few dollars more to avoid that kind of bad surprises.
When you buy brand new furniture, check the Forest Stewardship Council label to make sure it promotes a responsible management of forests.
And don’t forget to bargain!
More Home Decor in Indonesia…
Home Décor addicts : go to Java Island ! Furniture and delivery are cheaper than in Bali and it’s a real paradise for Home Décor and furniture. Java is also a very interesting destination for tourism : less tourists but a lot to see !