Decorate Your Way to a Visually Larger Home

Whether you’re keen to add some changes to your house or are moving into a new one, there are many things to consider when it comes to sprucing up the space.

Making your space appear larger can be a transformation within itself. But how can you create the optical illusion of more space in your home? Here, Muir Homes reveal the simple tricks you can use in your own home.

Swap dark shades for light hues

The chosen colour palette on your home will determine how spacious your home feels – dark colours absorb light, thus making it feel small. However, lighter colours are more reflective and can create the optical illusion of the space appearing bigger and more open. The work is already done for you if you live in a new build, as they typically use a lighter palette.

However, this might not be something you’re already blessed with, and a renovation could be on the cards. If you’re up to the challenge, swap your dark walls for a brighter and paler paint – pale blue, blush pink, and light green are just some of the many colours that will make your home appear more spacious. If you’re willing to go the extra mile, opting for an even lighter paint for your wall trim can give the illusion that your walls are further back to add to the effect.

Light up your rooms

Natural lighting is yet another way to make your home appear more spacious. This goes hand in hand with a light colour scheme, as it absorbs the sun – so if you combine the two, you’re achieving the optimum effect.

Ensure that your windows are bringing in as much light as they can. Heavy curtains will prevent your home from being as naturally lit as possible, so opt for a sheer material instead, or ensure that they are pulled back completely. Objects in the way will be blocking the light too, so it could be an idea to find another spot for them.

Letting the natural light into your home will not only give the illusion of a bigger space, but it will also bring some more warmth in – even if you’re in a chiller climate. So if you’re on the hunt for homes for sale in Lanarkshire, you needn’t worry. Plus, you’ve got the benefit of starting from scratch if you’re planning on moving, so you can consider the natural lighting before you add your changes.

Add glass for a stylish touch

Glass is your best friend when it comes to incorporating space into your home – plus, it’s made a major comeback this year in home interior. Thus, style and space are both ticked off your list.

Thanks to its transparency, there are no obstructions or divisions between other pieces of furniture when you use glass, and it can also make them appear further away. It also has the advantage of reflecting light to contribute to a brighter space. Think all-glass everything – side tables, chairs, even bowls. Alternatively, for a subtler way of implementing glass into the home, something as simple as a glass tabletop can create the illusion of a more spacious room.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

It’s a given that mirrors are an essential part of the home, whether that’s for tidying up your hair or checking to see how your outfit looks. However, they offer more benefits than you may be aware, specifically the ability to create more space.

When it comes to mirrors, the bigger the better – but the frame should remain small when the goal is to add more space visually. If you have a blank wall and need some inspiration on how to decorate it, you’re in the right place. Create a ceiling-to-floor mirror wall to add some décor while simultaneously creating the optical illusion of more space. If you don’t have much space to fill, use smaller mirrors to fill in gaps – this is a perfect touch for maximalists, too.

Your house doesn’t become a home until you add the special touches. These simple tricks to the optical illusion of space are key to transforming the home into a sanctuary for ultimate relaxation.

The Eternal battle between the Eagle, Snake and Dragon by Maharishi

Founded in 1994 by Hardy Blechman, Maharishi explores the dualistic nature of the universe – expressed through blending Eastern and Western silhouettes and graphic influences, taking a pacifist approach to military-grade utilitarian design, representing camouflage as a symbol of nature and art, and respecting nature whilst utilising technology. This season Maharishi present Battle Royale, the ancient symbolic theme of the opposing forces of the Eagle, Snake and Dragon, locked in eternal battle, yet in balance.  

Classic Original Snopants with intricate freehand-machine embroidery, upcycled military surplus and organic cotton/hemp blend staples are offered alongside technical styles. The collection blends Eastern & Western silhouettes, infused with details from early experimental U.S. Army Air Force flight uniform.  

Oversized and asymmetrical jackets, cargo pants and head wear are offered in Eco Cotton Hemp Ventile – a blend of premium hemp fibres and organic cotton that creates an extremely breathable and naturally water resistant cloth.  

The Cubist art movement allowed for the first abstract renditions of nature to be conceived by artists and directly inspired the earliest military camouflage patterns. Cubism now inspires DPM: Cubist Paratrooper, Cubist MA University and T-Shirt prints within Maharishi Autumn Winter 2022.

RIP Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we will not be hosting our regular post today. We offer our deepest condolences to her family at this time.

Could they be the MOST desired after Sneakers EVER ?

Launched in 1976, Patek Philippe’s “Nautilus” timepiece was the brainchild of fabled watch designer Gérald Genta. Having an already successful career, Genta’s work with the Nautilus was a shift for the Patek brand, who until that point had focused primarily on gold focused watches. The watch’s octagonal bezel was immediately familiar and helped to define this watch as it grew in popularity through the 1980s and 1990s.

Adding to the Nautilus prolif history and extensive set of colorations, Tiffany and Co. joined the watches rap sheet in 2021 with quite possibly one of the most iconic watch moments. A single Tiffany x Patek timepiece raffling off for $6.5 Million dollars USD. While a bit beyond the watches true price point, NYC shoe maker Ceeze wanted to immortalize this Tiffany titan through another pair of unique bespoke shoes, similar in concept to the Daytona Air Jordan 1s we first reported on in March of this year.

For this watched themed creation, Ceeze has drawn in a uniquely sourced silver lizard, emulating the unique stainless steel band that helped forge the Nautilus’ infamy. Continuing to focus on the 5711 1A-018 edition, the artist has drawn in a tiffany tone suede mirror the watches’ bezel, white patent leather for the swoosh iconic swoosh and a butter soft black napa leather liner.

While limited to just 10 pieces, head over to the artist site to learn more and secure your pair before they are all gone.

Ready for whatever the world can try at you – Harry’s

Whether heading back to School, college, University or simply returning to work after your Summer holiday you can assure yourself, you’re  ready with mens care brand Harry’s, providing high-quality, easy-to-use products at a fair price across shave, skincare, hair and shower. 

  • For first time shavers: Start your school day the right way with Harry’s Truman Set (£14), which has everything you need for a comfortable morning shave, including Harry’s Shave Gel, their iconic Truman Handle,, and a precision trimmer for sideburns and hard-to-reach places, as well as additional blades and a travel cover for on the go.
  • For the skin: Quick and easy skincare routines are a back to school must. Start with Harry’s Exfoliating Face Wash (RRP. £5) to gently cleanse and exfoliate, leaving skin feeling cool and refreshed. Once washed off, smooth-on Harry’s Face Lotion (RRP. £6), which quickly absorbs into the skin, including moisturizing shea butter and subtle mint for a fresh way to start the day.
  • For stubborn bedheads: Early mornings can be tough, but waking up with bed hair can be even tougher. Harry’s Taming Cream (RRP. £5) re-works unruly locks for a soft, natural finish.
  • For an after-school refresh: After a long day, clean with Harry’s Shower Gel (RRP. £5.50) to leave the skin clean, smooth, and hydrated. Available in four scents; Fig, Redwood, Stone, and Shiso.