When designing your home living areas, the perception of increased space can only be a good thing. Focusing on this goal with your upcoming home upgrades will unlock increased happiness for all the family.
So, what are the best ways to make the home feel bigger and better over the coming weeks? Here’s all you need to know.
Lose The Guest Room
The guest bedroom you’ve used three times since buying the home is a huge waste of space. Whether you transform it into a home office, gym space or place to play music doesn’t matter. Any purpose is better than no purpose. Besides, the project could well add value to the property, which gives you an added incentive to act.
A newly revamped space with added functions will allow you to achieve more with the home. And if you’ve previously been doing those tasks in other living spaces, this job indirectly helps those rooms too.
Use Light To Your Advantage
Tricking the eyes into thinking the rooms are bigger is a major breakthrough. As such, learning to use light to your advantage is vital. Painting the walls a lighter colour will make a huge difference. This is one of the quickest, easiest, and most affordable projects to complete. You’d be very foolish to ignore it.
Introducing more natural light can be achieved by adding a skylight or dressing windows. When supported by mirrored furniture, homes take on a larger appearance as well as added luxury. This will yield stunning results.
Even the biggest rooms will feel small and cramped when swamped by clutter. Thankfully, this is another issue that can be corrected very quickly. Better still, holding a garage sale or selling items online will generate some added cash. This can subsequently be invested into new products for the home.
Even without the financial rewards, removing clutter from the home will save valuable space. As well as removing unwanted items, you can consider going paperless. This will allow you to lose a lot of paperwork and files that currently take up lots of space.
Embrace Outside Spaces
Your relationship with the property should not start and end with the internal living spaces. Making the most of your garden in summer can boost your health and happiness. Given the apprehension surrounding social activities, this is the perfect time to use those ideas. After all, your garden can be a space to host friends and family.
The garden isn’t only a place for relaxed vibes and natural beauty. You could create a patio home cinema space under a pergola. Or you could erect a summer house to provide similar functions to the converted spare room.
Choose Compact Items
Saving valuable floor space is a key step towards creating a better home. There are several ways to make this happen without compromising your daily activities. Using compact items is the best solution. Wall-mounted TV brackets and shelving are key items that should feature high on the agenda.
Compact furniture choices are particularly useful too. This could include stacking coffee tables, high sleeper beds, or retractable items and fold-up goods. This is a particularly good idea when working with noticeably small rooms.
Create Added Storage
The average family now owns more assets than any previous generation. This rings true even after the decluttering session has been completed. As such, it will be necessary to think about creating added storage facilities. Garden storage boxes can be a wise investment. But you can do so much more.
Small DIY projects can work wonders for your living spaces. Adding hooks behind doors are a great option. Meanwhile, you may be able to find extra storage under the stairs or by revamping the drawer layouts.
Connect Internal And External Spaces
If you want the living areas as a whole to feel bigger, you can break down the barrier between indoors and outdoors spaces. The installation of sliding doors is the most effective way to do this by far. This also helps with the prospect of increasing the natural lighting within the living spaces.
More importantly, though, it makes the garden deck or patio truly feel like a part of the living space. Whether you’re home alone or welcoming guests into the property, the benefits of this are huge. And it’s a positive feeling that won’t fade.
The feng shui of a room has a telling influence on the way you respond to it. One of the most important steps is to create clear walkways. Leaving doorways and the pathways to them clear will make the rooms feel bigger and organised. You can use runner rugs and various tools to make it even clearer. The possibilities are endless.
As well as clear pathways, you need to ensure that seating positions are thought out. There should be a clear focal point without blocking off radiators. Practicality should cover function and appearances.
Use Contrasting Colours
While light colour schemes can reflect the light, rooms shouldn’t be bland. Using contrasting colours can work wonders for living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and more. Whether it’s black and white or adding a dash of colour is up to you. The impacts don’t just improve the size of the room. They add a burst of character.
If rooms already have character-defining features like fireplaces or brick walls, they can be used to great advantage. The key is to truly incorporate them. Otherwise, they could stand out and make spaces look smaller.
Finally, if the current available space doesn’t feel right, add more. Extensions are an option but will eat away at the outside dimensions. A better option, then, may be to work up or down with a loft or basement conversion. This can create a new living space, bedroom, or storage facility. Either way, it will make the home feel bigger.
As things stand, you are missing out on the prospect of having an extra floor to work with. While this job is the most extensive and expensive, it will bring a good ROI. in the right situation, it could even prevent the need to move home.