Wednesday, 29 March 2017

7 tricks to make your home appear bigger

Tricks to make your small home and rooms look bigger, including ideas on how to maximise space, paint colour to choose, clever storage ideas, and ways to trick the eye into making a room appear bigger

Our home is not exactly the most spacious house, like many classic first-time buyer properties. So if, like me, your dream farmhouse is still a while off yet, there are a number of things you can do to maximise space, and make your home feel and appear bigger.

1. Trick the eye
There are lots of sneaky ways you can trick the eye into thinking a room is larger than it really is:

Tricks to make your small home and rooms look bigger, including ideas on how to maximise space, paint colour to choose, clever storage ideas, and ways to trick the eye into making a room appear bigger

For example, painting your ceiling a darker tone than your walls can add depth, and work to draw the eye upwards, creating the illusion of height too. You could even wallpaper the ceiling, which will also work as a cool feature.

It might sound odd, but buying a bigger rug - once that extends to under your furniture - will draw the eye wider, again creating the illusion of space. Finally, you don't need to fill all your space, leaving some areas clear will create an airy feel, and reduce things feeling cluttered. For example, don't fill every shelf on a bookcase. 

2. Keep things simple
A few pieces of simple, un-fussy furniture, instead of lots of bits will free-up all important floor space. It's a good idea to stay away from 'bulky' pieces that take up a lot of room - and sofas raised on legs will give the illusion of more space. It's also a good idea to keep furniture in light tones too.

Tricks to make your small home and rooms look bigger, including ideas on how to maximise space, paint colour to choose, clever storage ideas, and ways to trick the eye into making a room appear bigger

3. De-clutter
It's funny how quickly you can 'fill-up' a house with all your belongings, but do you really need all that stuff that you seem to accumulate over the years? Regular clear-outs can make sure you use the space you have effectively. Ask yourself - would you buy that item now? If the answer is no, then it's got to go - being ruthless is essential!

4. Give everything it's own space 
Everything in your house should have its own space - and I mean in a drawer/storage box/basket, and not 'on the floor' or (as my husband's car keys & wallet seems to favour) on top my carefully styled radiator cover in the hall. This makes it so much easier to keep surfaces and table tops clear, which give the impression of having more space. Of course, its always nice to have some 'pretty' (and probably not-too-practical bits on show too!)

Tricks to make your small home and rooms look bigger, including ideas on how to maximise space, paint colour to choose, clever storage ideas, and ways to trick the eye into making a room appear bigger

5. Let the light in
Maximising the light you have in your home is a sure-fire way of tricking the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it really is. I've used light colours throughout my home, which although may seem boring at times, really has transformed the space we have (just have a look at our lounge before and after its makeover!).

Tricks to make your small home and rooms look bigger, including ideas on how to maximise space, paint colour to choose, clever storage ideas, and ways to trick the eye into making a room appear bigger

Heavy curtains make a room appear smaller, so opt for light and airy curtains which again let the maximum light into the room (I've got these bargain Ikea drapes in two of our bedrooms), or even better, how about some shutters?

Tricks to make your small home and rooms look bigger, including ideas on how to maximise space, paint colour to choose, clever storage ideas, and ways to trick the eye into making a room appear bigger

If, like us, natural light is a bit of an issue in your home, how about a well-placed mirror? Placing mirrors opposite windows will help to bounce light around a room, making a world of difference. Not only that, but a mirror naturally creates the illusion of having more space - so get one up in every room!

6. Storage is key
Finally, I think this is the most important thing to get right - as too much clutter can make even the biggest house feel tiny. I blogged previously about storage solutions in small homes, and the tricks I use to 'hide' things away within my house, but one of the easiest ways to maximise storage is to think about every last opportunity to create space. What about using pretty baskets to store bits under the bed/on top of wardrobes/in awkward un-used corners?

7. Make your storage work even harder
You can also 'double-up' on space within cupboards - we keep all our paperwork and documents in a filing cabinet hidden away in our coat cupboard, and have installed shelves in the cupboard under the stairs to store tools etc.

Also, I use IKEA drawer dividers to make sure I can squeeze as many clothes as possible in each drawer, and ideas like using the backs of doors to hang items and storage boxes in that unused bit at the bottom of a wardrobe can also work really well.

Hope this has been helpful, and given you some ideas on how to make your home feel more spacious. What other tricks or tips do you use when living in a small space?

Thanks for reading,
Sam Xx

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