Would moving to a bigger home really make you happier? A recent survey of almost 1,000 people who chose to upsize their home revealed that housing satisfaction initially increases by 1.2 points on a seven-point scale before diminishing again by about 30%.
Therefore, a lot can be said for spending time, effort and money on your existing property instead, which includes renovation or redecoration projects to make small rooms look a lot bigger and brighter.
But what if you don’t know where to start? That’s ok, we’ve got you covered. Here’s five ways to create the illusion of more space.
- Use a light colour scheme
When it comes to painting the walls of a small room, always try to use a light colour scheme, as this will make the space seem much brighter, airier and bigger. In contrast, dark shades and hues will make the room seem much smaller, giving the illusion of walls positioned close together.
You should also consider hanging curtains that are the same colour as the walls because this won’t weigh down the room as much. Floor length curtains can make the walls feel a lot taller too.
- Place mirrors strategically
The strategic placement of mirrors is an easy and effective way to create the illusion of space. Not only do mirrors reflect light, they also add another dimension to smaller rooms.
When working with limited space, especially in rooms with large solid walls, think about using mirrors to break things up a bit. Better yet, hang a mirror near the window to gain a reflection of the outdoors.
- Make wise furniture decisions
You aren’t necessarily limited to small pieces of furniture if space is at a premium. For example, sofas and chairs with open sides and exposed legs often feel a lot smaller than solid pieces of furniture. The same can be said for glass table tops too.
However, you should always keep walkways clear of furniture. Not being able to see a clear path when entering or existing a room will immediately make it feel a lot smaller.
- Adopt a minimalist mind-set
It goes without saying that fewer fixtures and furnishings will result in more space. A minimalist approach for things like pieces of art will make smaller rooms feel less cluttered as well.
If you’re struggling to cut back on certain items, keep them for the time being and revisit again in six months. If you haven’t used or looked at it, get rid.
- Allow natural light in
One of the most effective ways to make a room feel more spacious is to flood it with natural light. Pull the curtains open as much as possible and keep the area around your windows clear of clutter.
For the ultimate in natural light, get Colne Valley Windows to install floor-to-ceiling windows or bi-folding doors, as both options will fill the majority of your chosen wall. When open, it will feel like you’ve let the outdoors in.