Sometimes the rooms in our home aren’t quite the perfect fit that we’re hoping for. They might just be a little too small or too oddly-shaped for comfort, and a remodel just isn’t in the cards. In these cases, it’s important to rely on a few tried-and-true interior design tricks to help alter the perception of a space. One of our favorites is incorporating depth in interior design.

If you’re looking to change the perception of your interiors, you’re in luck. This post will give you all the tools you need to understand how depth can improve your interiors — and how to pull it off the right way. Use these tips as a guide and we’re sure that you’ll notice a difference.

Why Use Depth in Interi0r Design?

If you’ve ever been in a room that feels too cramped – or in the worst case, downright claustrophobic – you know exactly why depth is important. While it’s often too costly to add on the extra square footage needed to give a space some extra breathing room, it’s entirely possible to incorporate a few small, visual tricks into your design to help it appear more open.

However, it’s not only small spaces that can benefit from this perceptive tool. Sometimes even the largest spaces can feel flat somehow. When a room needs a little something extra or a wow factor, a sense of depth can add complexity to the space — and often, it ends up being just the thing you needed to bring your design over the top.

Color Makes a Difference

Color really is a magic ingredient in interior design. Not only does it tie separate elements of the room together, but it can also influence our moods and perceptions. When you’re looking to add depth to a space, you can help trick the eye into perceiving extra distance by using contrasting hues.

In this case, it’s all about juxtaposing light and dark shades. By highlighting the difference between two colors, the darker hue will help the lighter one appear more expansive in comparison. So think carefully about where you want to place these two colors in order to allow the contrast to have maximum effect.

There are a couple different routes people typically take. If an entire room is particularly small, you may want to consider painting the hallway a darker hue. This will give the entire room a sense of depth. However, if you just want to highlight part of the space, consider using an accent color on the far wall. The accent wall will draw the eye immediately and create the illusion of more depth.

Consider Visual Weight

Usually, when we talk about visual weight, it’s about adding more to the room. Typically, we’ll tell you to add layers of textures and textiles to really ground the space and to make it feel more well-rounded. While this advice is absolutely true, if a room is too small, these same methods may end up making the room feel too heavy and overbearing for its size.

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