Do you need to make your small house feel bigger? Is the room cramped, or does it just feel small and dark? The good news is, we’ve come up with guaranteed ways to make a house feel bigger, lighter, and brighter. You can find out what they are by reading on.
Don’t think you have to implement every idea, though. Some will work for you, and others won’t, either due to budget, time, or simply because you don’t like the idea of the finished result. However, there will certainly be some options here that will help you make your house feel bigger, and once you’ve done the work, you’ll love the look.
Use Proportional Furniture
It’s all about proportions when choosing furniture for a small space. Simply put, a piece is too big if it touches the edges of the room, either up and down or side to side. Always leave a little space between the edges of your home furnishings and the walls. This will make the room feel bigger. The only exception is a bed. For example, if you put a queen bed between two walls, it makes a cozy sleeping area, so it can actually be a good thing.
Also, stay away from big, heavy pieces that take up too much of the room’s usable space. For example, a svelte sofa or chair will give you as much room to sit as an overstuffed version, but will take up much less space. If you want a big piece of art or a mirror that makes a statement, hang it on the wall. Don’t put it on the floor and use up valuable living space.
Store As Much As Possible
Think of new ways to store things and be more selective about what you keep out. You can keep things simple by folding blankets and putting them in a chest or basket, keeping pet toys in a basket, and hanging pictures instead of putting them on furniture.
Getting furniture that can also be used as storage is a great way to make the most of your space. Coffee tables, stools, chairs, and ottomans with concealed storage can help keep bedding, movies, games, and other things off of furniture and off of the floor. You can also add floating shelves to the walls to make them look longer and keep things off the floor.
Use Small Lights
If you only have one light in the ceiling, the room will feel smaller because the light won’t be able to travel to the far corners.
Putting a number of tiny lamps around the room is an easy way to solve this problem. They will not only make your home brighter, but they will also add dimension to it.
Remove Curtains And Rugs
Even if they don’t cover the whole window, curtains make it hard to see what’s outside. Drapes and curtains just add more “stuff” to the room. By getting rid of them, the space stays simple. If you want privacy, you could use shutters or light blinds made of mesh or fabric. Or, if you have to have curtains, use a bar that goes far past the window frame so you can see the whole window when they’re open. Plus, if your windows are dark or don’t let in a lot of light, it’s a good idea to find an expert window installation service to change them – this could make all the difference when it comes to maximizing your space.
The same idea about curtains is true for rugs. Just as curtains provide an obstacle to the eye, rugs do the same on the floor. Rather than taking in the whole room, you’ll subconsciously only see little parts of it because the rug splits the room into smaller areas. This will give you the feeling that the entire space is small even when it’s not.
Be Deliberate When Choosing Décor
Plan how you’re going to decorate your space and don’t be afraid of empty spaces. When you have a lot of small things spread out, it can feel more like clutter than when you have a few larger pieces that make a statement. Check the items on your walls, shelves, dressers, countertops, and computer desks to see if you really need them there.
Look at your walls and surfaces one room at a time. Does everything you see really make you happy? Take out the things you don’t like and keep the things that are important to you or show your style. And remember, leaving some walls and surfaces open will make the room look bigger.
Put Shelving Up High
Putting shelves, picture frames, and paintings higher up on the walls makes a room feel much taller and bigger. If things are placed higher up in the space, the eye will naturally go there.
When a room feels taller, it always feels less crowded. Low shelves and wall decorations will pull the ceiling down, making the room feel boxed in and smaller. Taller ceilings give a home a much grander feel, so this tip will not only make the room feel bigger but also give it a chic, expensive look.
Use White Paint
We all know that white can reflect light. It makes a room feel more open and airy, calm, and peaceful. If you paint the walls and ceiling the same shade of white, this cloud-like look will be even stronger. And it helps to blur the line between the wall and the ceiling, which draws your eye up and makes the ceiling seem higher. Lastly, white is a good choice for small rooms that can quickly look cluttered because it makes the room look less busy and draws attention to the architecture.
Sometimes, the oldest trick in the book is the best. Putting mirrors in a room is often the easiest and least expensive way to make it feel bigger.
In the same way that light colors on the walls make a room feel bigger, reflective surfaces make a room feel even bigger. To get the best results, be careful about where you put the mirrors. For example, you could put them opposite the windows in the room. This will spread light all over the room.