Would you like to make your home feel more spacious?
It’s a common goal for lots of homeowners, and for good reason. A home that feels larger is a more pleasant place to live, often lighter, and will be easier to sell in the future. However, achieving this goal can seem difficult or even impossible, especially if you live in a property where space is tight.
Easy ways to make your home feel more spacious
Regardless of the size of your property, it’s possible to create the illusion of a bigger home. Here are some simple tips and tricks that will make your home feel more spacious.
Clean and declutter
It might seem obvious, but the first way to make your home feel larger is to actually create more space by decluttering.
Donate, repurpose, or recycle possessions that are no longer needed, and introduce new storage solutions to move your belongings out of sight.
Not only will this process clear space in your home, but cleaning and decluttering can also boost your mental health and wellbeing.
If you find it difficult to keep your home tidy – which can be a daily challenge when living with children – consider hiring a professional cleaner to help keep your home consistently shipshape.
Optimise your furniture
Another way to maximise the amount of space in your home is by optimising your furniture.
For example, choose pieces that are a perfect fit for your rooms, matching the shape of your walls and corners where possible so that you don’t have any bulky overhang. Round tables are particularly useful as you can position a greater number of chairs around them, and the central stand gives the illusion that the table takes up less floor space. Opting for a glass top rather than wood also goes a long way to disguising its real size.
More contemporary options include foldable furniture that can be stored in cupboards when not needed (this is particularly handy for items that you don’t use often such as extra dining chairs), and designs with slimmer frames constructed from sleek materials such as chrome and steel.
For small rooms, an inventive way to clear wall space is to upgrade to designer radiators which are neater and include vertical models. Whichever way you prefer to go, you should find that extra space emerges when you rethink your furniture.
Maximising the light in your home can also give the impression that there is more space. The most organic way to achieve this is to allow more natural light to enter your property, for example by adding roof windows and skylights to the ceiling.
You could also remove non-essential walls and create one open-plan area which allows the light from windows to better illuminate the space.
As well as harnessing the power of the sun, redecorating with strategically placed lamps, neutral paint, or mirrors that reflect light will all trick the eye into thinking a room is bigger than it really is.
The right storage can work wonders in homes with restricted space.
A popular trend is to fit hooks onto walls and ceilings so that you can hang up your possessions, keeping floor space and countertops clear of clutter.
For kitchens, consider cupboards with a pull-out mechanism. This is a clever design which doubles the available space and removes the hassle involved in reaching items that are stored towards the back.
Floor-to-ceiling shelves work well in the living room. They utilise all available wall space, but are less bulky than traditional furniture such as a display cabinet.
In bedrooms, mount shoe racks to the bottom of the wall by the door to keep footwear tucked out of sight, and install hooks on the back of wardrobe doors for bulky coats and accessories. Storage baskets work wonders in children’s bedrooms, making it quick and easy to tidy away toys.
Making your home feel more spacious doesn’t need to be too expensive or time-consuming. Employing just one or two of these tips will give your interior space a more calming atmosphere and luxurious feel, as well as helping to improve the value of your property.
Do you have a clever trick for making a room feel bigger?