Regardless of your home’s physical size, there is always a way to improve its sense of space. This is because its physical space isn’t only what gives the impression of a room being, well, roomy. Light, height, and design are also key contributing factors to a home’s spaciousness.
Before we begin discussing how to add volume to the space within your home, it’s important to know why it’s desirable. Most notably, it adds value to your property. Smaller spaces, while often described as cosy, simply aren’t as desirable to homeowners. This is because less spacious homes make us feel cramped; more isolated, and can even affect our wellbeing. So, for the sake of your equity and mental health, here are great tips for making your home more spacious!
Add More Storage
It seems backwards that, to create more space you should add more of something. But, in the case of storage, it actually works. This is because our belongings become clutter and it is incredibly difficult to arrange items in a way that creates a sense of space. Whereas, when they are hidden away in cupboards and behind doors, the room is given space to breathe.
You can also find creative storage methods, working containers into essential furniture. Ottomans and beds are perfect for storage non-essential items in, keeping them from crowding a small space.
Work With Light
A common recommendation for creating space is adding mirrors. The misconception, however, is that it creates an illusion of space, tricking the brain into thinking there is more room that there really is. This doesn’t work because the reflection of a crowded room just creates two crowded rooms.
A mirror only supports a space when it can accentuate light. If you have a room with plenty of natural light, one that is already spacious, adding a mirror will double that effect and, with it, improve the sense of space. This is why summer houses that often have plenty of natural light, will feel spacious despite their size.
Repurpose Empty Space
You hallways, gardens, attics, and basements may each currently be either or a home for forgotten items. With creative redesign, these rooms can become usable and helpful spaces that alleviate the density of furniture and items elsewhere in the house.
It can be as simple as installing storage cabinets in your hallway or as ambitious as moving your spare room into the attic. However, even in the smallest of homes, there is often a space that has the potential to be better optimised and utilised.
Whether hanging a bicycle on your wall or installing modular wall shelves, you have begun to think vertically. There are many items around the home that can be raised from the floor and either displayed or stored above. Doing so creates a huge amount of space within the home, which is why it has become a popular technique among studio and single bedroom apartments.
Hooks in the kitchen can raise your pans and utensils from surfaces, hanging baskets can display plants without them occupying floor space, and your electronic devices, such as a television and router, can easily be discreetly wired and then mounted upon a wall, each adding more space to your home.