By Realty Times
You might feel like your home is cramped and its rooms claustrophobic, and your living space is anything but restful. Luckily, you don’t have to tear down walls or break the bank to make your home feel roomier.
The truth is some spaces look and feel smaller than they are. This article will show you some simple home space-saving tips that can help elevate your home from looking small and cramped to feeling spacious and relaxing.
1. Scale down on furniture
With small spaces, it’s all about proportions. Always leave a little space between your furniture and the walls to make your home look more spacious. Avoid large pieces that bump against each other, giving your home a cramped look.
For example, opt for a sleek sofa or chair with exposed legs instead of an overstuffed couch. The space these changes will provide will instantly make you feel like you have a bigger home.
2. Lighten up
Any home will look more spacious and give luxury home vibes if its rooms are well-lit, whether from natural or artificial lighting sources. Conversely, darkness makes rooms appear smaller and more cramped than they are.
Light up the corners and crevices of your rooms and create well-lit spaces to highlight details that would otherwise go unnoticed. You can also opt to allow light and air to flow freely by opening your windows and doing away with heavy drapes.
3. Go curtainless
Curtains may prevent your eyes from seeing the full view outside, even if they are not completely covering the windows. In addition, large and thick curtains can add more clutter to your rooms by taking up valuable space.
On the other hand, if you don’t want your neighbors seeing you through the window all day, you can consider blinds, shutters, or window films. These options provide that much-needed privacy while taking up less room space.
4. Or hang curtains strategically
If you don’t want to ditch your curtains entirely, you can always choose to hang them strategically. For example, your windows will look more prominent if you install a curtain rod that extends beyond either side of the window casing. Do this so that when you open your curtains, they won’t block the window or obstruct incoming light.
5. Strategize with mirrors
A large mirror makes a room look more spacious and creates an illusion of depth. This mirror illusion can trick the eyes into thinking there is more space around the area.
For example, you can strategically position mirrors opposite your windows to reflect light better around the house. On the other hand, if you have a cramped hallway, you can place a mirror at the end to make the corridor look roomier. Play with the capability of mirrors to bounce light around and reflect spaces to make your small rooms look bigger!
6. Coordinate your colors
Contrasting the colors of your rooms and furniture tends to break up space and make your room or home appear smaller than it is. Furniture that matches the wall color or your home’s overall color tone will blend better with your rooms and give the illusion of being more spacious.
7. Keep it plain and simple
In addition to not contrasting the colors within rooms, your home will look more spacious if you pick out solid-colored upholstery. Furniture with neutral tones is better for increasing the perceived space in a room than furniture with bold plaids, stripes, or prints.
8. Clear the clutter
There’s nothing more you can do to make your place appear cramped than to have too much stuff. If you have furniture or accessories that block the pathway to a room or the view of a room, it will look cramped.
Declutter your home, and be surprised how much it can help improve the space of your rooms. Find ways to store your items and keep them out of view. Your home will feel more spacious and open, with things neatly arranged and out of sight. Remember that the more you can see the floor, the more the room will look spacious.
9. Maintain the greens
Low-hanging tree branches, overgrown vines, and leafy hedges prevent light from coming in to make your home look more spacious. A nice workaround is to keep lush greens outdoors and restore your open views.
Hello, Bigger Home
A small house doesn’t have to feel, well, small. More often than not, that cramped feeling results from stuffing all your possessions in one tiny space. Luckily, these simple and very doable tips can help you make the necessary adjustments to your living space for it to feel roomier instantly and, ultimately, more relaxing.