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Posted on Oct 26, 2019 by Sam Heer

Optics and Cutting Clutter: How to Make a Room Feel Bigger

You don’t need extensive renovations to make a small room look and feel bigger. All you need is better natural lighting as well as a few optical tricks. The window installation experts at Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois share some interior design tips below. 

Use a Consistent Color Scheme 

For small spaces, interior designers using soft, cool colors and monochromatic color schemes. You can choose one color and use it in different shades throughout the room. Experts don’t recommend contrasting colors because they break up space and contribute to visual clutter, making your room feel smaller and more cramped. 

Install Bigger Windows with Wide Glass Panels 

As we mentioned earlier, you’ll need to improve the natural lighting in your home, and the only way to do that is to install bigger windows with a wider glass area. However, to make sure heat doesn’t leak out of or enter your home through the glass, we recommend installing energy-efficient windows. 

Worried about how bigger windows will affect your privacy? Install sheer drapes over the windows to maintain an acceptable level of privacy without darkening your room. 

Strategically Place Mirrors 

You can get better lighting in your room by strategically placing mirrors around your room. Sunlight will bounce off these mirrors, illuminating every corner of the room and maximizing the illusion of extra space. 

Use Bigger Furniture 

Remember, it’s all about optics, so you also need to think about the layout and design of your room. It may seem counterintuitive, but using bigger furniture can make your room look more spacious. Smaller furniture pieces indeed take up less space, but when they’re scattered across an area, they make the room look cluttered. 

Window-Shopping Tips 

While shopping for new windows, keep in mind that pre-manufactured window frames aren’t guaranteed to be a great fit for your home. The only way to make sure your new windows blend in seamlessly with your interior and exterior is to customize them. 

Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois offers a wide variety of premium replacement windows. We customize each window according to our customers’ needs and preferences. To schedule a consultation with one of our design experts, call us at (866) 693-6707 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Peoria and Champaign, IL, as well as their surrounding communities. 


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

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