4 Tips For Making Your Home Appear More Spacious

by Greg on January 27, 2012

Modern interior design

There is nothing worse than feeling claustrophobic in your own home. Many first time property buyers can only afford a small house or apartment to start off with and so space is really precious. Here are my top 4 tips for making your home feel much more spacious.

1. Use light colours in your decorating
If you have small rooms in your home the worst thing that you can do is paint the walls a dark colour. Dark colours look heavy and tend to draw spaces inwards which means that your rooms will look even smaller! You should go for clean, bright and neutral colours such as beiges, mochas, sand and even yellow. These colours reflect the light and will help to open up the space that you do have. This principle is also applicable to your furniture colours. Choosing light shades of wood such as fir or maple will also help to give the appearance space. Avoid dark colours such as ebony or mahogany.

2. Use mirrors
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Mirrors have long been used to help give the appearance of space. A large over-mantle mirror will reflect the light from your windows and lamps and make it feel brighter. It will also trick your mind in to thinking that there is more space than there really is. You could even consider using mirror tiles to tile a whole wall. This will not only double the size of your room but also make a real design statement. Another way of introducing mirrors in to a room is by buying cabinets with mirrored doors. Use mirrored coasters on your coffee table and mirrored home accessories such as vases. Unless your creativity and design juices tell you otherwise you do not need to go over the top. A few well-placed mirrors will make a big difference!

3. Clean out the clutter

This is probably the most obvious and inexpensive way of making your home feel more spacious. It is amazing how much clutter we can accumulate over time, most of which we will never actually use again. Set aside some time for a good old spring clean and be ruthless. If you haven’t used it in the past year then you are unlikely to ever need it. Get rid of old magazines, ornaments or anything else that is clogging up your shelves and drawers. Rooms that are full of clutter not only look small but messy too. Once you have done this you should concentrate your cleaning efforts on your windows and fixed surfaces. You will be amazed at how much brighter your room will feel in doing this!

4. Get the right storage solutions

This really does go hand in hand with point number 3. The items that you do decide to keep need to be stored properly. Tidy surfaces with minimal contents will help to make your rooms feel bigger. Invest in some nice looking baskets to go on your shelves to store things like stationary, magazines, keys so that they are not left lying around. For larger items such as children’s toys you can get some plastic boxes with wheels which can be slid under your sofa and out of the way when not in use.
Follow these 4 tips and you will be well on your way to making your home feel spacious and bright!

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Written by Vicky Dean

Vicky is a design enthusiast with a passion for modern furniture and innovative design. She likes to support new and independent designers as well as providing interior design related tutorials for people who are on a budget.

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Jason Rushton February 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Great Ideas! they really do make the room look bigger.

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