When purchasing a smaller home, space or perceived space is normally a large concern. However, there are several interesting and budget-friendly ways in which you can create the illusion of a larger space. Declutter your home this summer and reclaim your living space with these simple tips from renovation experts.
BRING IN THE SUNLIGHT
Nothing can surpass the powerful impact of natural sunlight shining into your home. The sun can brighten up even the darkest corners of your home. Go for massive glass windows, and lighter sheer drapes to promote the flow of the iridescent golden beams. This will infuse a warm, welcoming aura into your home décor. Incorporate a coat of photosensitive paint on the inner walls to further the effect of the sunshine. This will create a brighter and more uplifting living space.
ENHANCE THE TRAFFIC FLOW
One of the most common attributes of your home, that impacts the perception of space, is its fundamental layout and the ability to move through it. It is a good idea to ensure a seamless flow of traffic from one room to the other. Configure your furniture and built in cabinetry to make your built-up area look bigger. Not having to squeeze past a coffee table or knock into a lampshade, will almost always create the feeling of wider and more spacious flooring across your home.
It always helps to have a few pieces of furniture and décor items in the same color palette as the walls around your home. Blending the colors of your home décor with the backdrop creates a sense of continuity. This promotes the natural flow of light. The idea is to strike a balance among the various elements in your room for a visually enlarged space. This color coordination trick is not limited to smaller décor items but also can be incorporated while choosing the color of your large furniture pieces such as ottomans, armchairs, and coffee tables. Basically, the lesser the variety of colors and materials that you use, the more spacious your home will appear.
OPT FOR A PALER COLOR PALETTE
Although you might have read about this a million times before, our list is essentially incomplete without this trick. It can single-handedly bring about a dramatic transformation in your home. Your best bet is to play with a palette of paler pastel shades. Use colors such as creams, light grays, sea greens and powder blues to visually enhance the space of your rooms. This idea works best when executed in conjunction with larger windows. However, if you really are a fan of deeper and darker colors, it is advisable that you limit their use to a single statement wall or accent to minimize their impact.
INCORPORATE MORE BUILT-IN FURNITURE
By employing more built in units around the house, it will create a visually spaced out interior. Wall mounted cabinetry, floating mantelpieces and using the spaces beneath the stairs are some of the most effective tricks to utilize your storage well and keep the clutter away from the traffic areas. Purchase an entry way shoe organizers and magazine holders to stow away your books, newspapers and footwear items (that eventually end up on the floor) to create a more organized and clean interior look around the house.
MIRROR UP YOUR WALLS
Incorporating mirrors to create an optical illusion is one of the safest and most popular tricks to bring in a sense of extended space. You can create a feature wall and peg in a large-sized mirror that complements the room’s décor. A great way to visually enhance the living areas is creating a collage of multiple mirrors on your entrance wall. It always helps to hang a mirror on a wall that is opposite a window to reflect the sunlight and brighten up the dimly lit corners. If you do not wish to go overboard with a wall-to-wall installation, you can also make good use of full-length designer mirror units to glam up your living spaces.
By employing one of several of the aforementioned tips to maximize the perceived size of your home will open up the space and make your home more inviting and desirable.