5 ways to make your home feel bigger
by Rebecca Hurst
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have all spent much more time inside our homes. It’s no surprise then, that many of us are trying to think of ways to make our homes feel – or be – much more spacious. Adding an extension or knocking down walls is an option, but building works can be costly and stressful.
Thankfully, there are much cheaper – and easier – ways to make your home feel light, bright and spacious.
1. Clear the clutter
Decluttering your home is a really simple and effective way to make it feel more spacious. As a rule of thumb, get rid of anything smaller than a grapefruit. Having lots of knick-knacks lying around can make a room feel overcrowded. To make sure your space still has the personal touch, add in a few larger items, such as a vase of flowers or a pile of your favourite books.
2. Add in oak floating shelves
Installing oak floating shelves in a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom or living space – in fact any room in the house – is a great way to make a room feel bigger. Floating shelves make use of previously-unused wall space and add another surface to clear away clutter from the floor and coffee tables.
Arrange in clusters of three or five to create a stylish and eye-catching display.
3. Make your room lighter with a mirror
Placing a mirror opposite a window or above your fireplace mantel can help to reflect more light into the room and create a feeling of spaciousness. Just make sure that the mirror is not reflecting a cluttered corner of your room, otherwise your space may end up feeling smaller.
4. Create a feature wall
If your home is feeling a bit empty after your declutter, making a feature wall can help to give your room a homely feel and provide you with the space to show off your style.
Decorating an accent wall in this way, rather than spreading your wallpaper, pictures or plants out across the whole space, can make a room feel more roomy and stylish.
When you’re picking colours to decorate your room, try to stick to light shades of colours like whites, greys or yellows. Painting walls and ceilings in lighter colours can help to make a room feel much wider and larger.
5. Make your ceilings feel taller
Tall ceilings make a room feel much airier and more spacious. Even if your ceilings are on the small side, you can create the illusion of space by placing your pictures and floating shelves higher up on the walls. This works by forcing your eye up towards the ceiling, making the room feel taller.
As always, we would love to see pictures of what you’ve done!
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