If there is one thing that most of us could do with more of in our homes, it is space. This is especially the case once you have a family. It seems like you never have enough room, no matter how hard you try or how many days you dedicate to decluttering. It can be incredibly frustrating, but you do not need to start looking for a bigger house just yet. There are plenty of ways that you can create the feel and illusion of more space in your home. With that being said, read on to discover some suggestions that you may not have tried just yet.
Let as much natural light into your home as possible
There is only one place to begin, and this is with letting as much natural light into your home as you can. There are more ways to do this than you may realise. Of course, the most obvious solution would be to knock down your walls and have bigger windows installed, but this is the sort of hassle that a lot of people could do without. Skylights are pretty nice too by the way! But if you are looking for something a little less drastic, why not hang up a statement mirror in the rooms that seem small and awkward? Hanging up a mirror opposite to the window will allow the natural light to bounce off the surface of the mirror and back into the room, opening it up and making it appear more welcoming. You can mimic this effect with other reflective surfaces, for example, by making the most of high gloss furniture in your home.
Make the most of bright and light colours
Your colour palette is also critical when it comes to making the most of the space in your home. If you choose bright and light colours, you can give the illusion of a much airier and larger space. Dark paint colours, on the other hand, close in a place and make it seem dull and depressing. A pale and neutral colour palette will never let you down.
Choose garden furniture that stacks away
If your garden is also lacking in terms of space, choosing furniture that stacks away is a good idea. Not only does this mean that your garden looks more spacious whenever people are not in it, but it also means that you only need to get out the set amount of chairs required for the number of guests you have. It is also a good idea to consider the rattan cube sets that have become popular as well, as these chairs tuck under the table neatly so that you have way more space. This is also a principle you can use in the home by looking for stackable furniture pieces or fold-away pieces.
Switch your radiators to a style that gives you more floor space
If there is one element in any room that tends to take up a considerable amount of space while offering nothing in terms of appearance, it is a radiator. One of the best ways to create more space and make your home feel a lot better is to switch to a style that makes better use of the space, such as traditional column radiators. These radiators are a good choice because they have a smaller overall footprint, reducing the amount of wall space and floor space used.
Look for storage areas that already exist
It is a good idea to go through your home, room by room, and look for fresh storage areas. It is likely that you already have lots of storage areas in your home, you simply have not realised it yet. Most people have unused areas in their property, for example, the space under the stairs or under your bed are two prime examples. You should be putting these spaces to good use. After all, what else are you going to use them for?
You are never going to be able to make your home look as big as possible if you have not made an effort to de-clutter it. Not only does clutter look bad, but it creates stress too and it distracts from the overall beauty and design of your home. This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of all of the things that you do not need. If something does not have a place, you need to get rid of it. And, no, your bedroom floor does not count as a place. To ensure you keep your clutter under control going forward, you should make sure that you operate the one in, one out rule. This means that whenever you buy something new, you need to get rid of something else to accommodate it. It is also a good idea to decorate your home with one-off large statement pieces, rather than lots of little decorations.
Invest in dual-purpose furniture
Another good way to make the most of the space that you have available to you in your home is to invest in dual-purpose furniture. If you take a look on the Internet, you will see that there are so many clever and useful dual furniture pieces available. Take coffee tables that double up as storage boxes as a prime example. Not only is this a good way to save space, but you will save yourself some money too.
Make use of vertical space
Another way to put space to better use in small rooms is to make use of the vertical space that is available to you. If you do not have a lot of small space, you should consider looking for floor-to-ceiling hanging units as well as shelving blocks.
Make your rooms multifunctional
Not only can you find furniture that serves two purposes, but you can easily take the same approach when it comes to rooms in your home too. It is all very well having separate rooms for everything, but in a small home, this can be a nightmare. Why not try to combine two rooms into one in terms of function? For example, you can easily integrate a home office into a bedroom.
As you can see, there are many different ways that you can make it appear like you have more space in your home. Try the ideas that have been mentioned above and see if you notice a difference with regards to the way your property looks and feels. You will be surprised by just how much of an impact the little suggestions that have been mentioned above can make.