Fool me. Optical illusions in the interior


Witty designs create dynamic (and dramatic) interiors, but more importantly, they can transform a space. To transform means to hide flaws or add elements that do not and cannot exist in a living space. If you are waiting for a change and want to improve your interior, use our simple tricks.

Color and light, volume and texture

A basic knowledge of coloristics tells us: light tones expand space, dark tones narrow it. Shutters of concrete cells, we strive to visually increase the area of our apartments - for this purpose, not just light, but exactly cool light shades (for example, gray-blue or pearl) will do. Do not be prejudiced against black - dark accents will not only give the space depth, but also expand it.

In a small room there is no place for massive chandeliers - to deceive the eye and make the room appear larger will help built-in ceiling fixtures, as well as small lamps around the perimeter of the floor. Rectangular room can also be visually enlarged with the help of light - for this you need to evenly illuminate three walls, and the fourth - darken.

Wallpaper with a 3D effect will give the room extra volume - but you should understand the dangers of such a trick. The fact is that this coating draws attention to itself, so you should not abuse texture tricks in the same room.

As for patterns - horizontal prints expand space, while lowering the height of the ceiling. Vertical stripes provide exactly the opposite effect - narrowing the room, but increasing its height. One large picture on the wall will visually reduce the room, but small decorative elements increase the space.

Geometry and mirrors

Irregular shape of the room can be corrected by volumetric geometric figures drawn on the wall - this expressive tool is able to mask the most unsuccessful corners. Geometry also works in the opposite direction - if you are bored with the boring rectangular shape of the room, it will be diluted with a circle in the center of the ceiling, which will create the illusion of perspective.

The most traditional way to expand space is to use mirrors. Thanks to the optical reflection, these decorative elements 'erase' the real boundaries of the room.