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5 Proven Tips to Make Your Home Look More Spacious

Your area can appear larger with a few minor adjustments or clever modifications.

Homes and the rooms that make them up are, by their very nature, limited areas. That said, we shouldn’t let that stop us from maximizing the space in our homes. After all, it is said that limitation fosters inventiveness. Fortunately, there are already several tried-and-true techniques for making your home feel more spacious, so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

The key to successful small-space living might be easier than you think.

Scale It Down

Everything about tiny-space furniture is about proportions. Simply put, an item is too huge if it bumps up against the room’s edges, either vertically or horizontally. Always allow some space between the sides of your furniture and the walls to give the impression that the area is more extensive. (A bed is the one exception; a queen put between two walls, for example, makes a comfortable sleeping cave.) Additionally, stay away from bulky, heavy things that take up too much of the room’s helpful space. For instance, a modern sofa or chair will offer you the same amount of seating space as its overstuffed cousin while taking up considerably less space. If you’ve been wanting a big, bold item (like a piece of art or a mirror), hang it up. Do not place it on the floor to save important living space.

Add Natural Lighting

If you live in a small space, you know that every inch counts. That’s why it’s important to use every trick in the book to make your home feel as large and open as possible. One of the most effective ways to do this is to maximize natural light. Natural light has a way of making a space feel brighter, airier and more spacious. It can also help improve your mood and energy levels. If you’re looking to make your small space look bigger, here are a few tips for using natural light to your advantage:

  • Let in as much natural light as possible. This means opening up curtains and blinds during the day and avoiding heavy draperies or furniture that blocks the windows. If you have a small room with only one or two windows, consider installing skylights or solar tubes to bring in more natural light.
  • Paint your walls a light color. Light colors reflect light, making the room feel brighter and larger. Avoid dark or heavy colors, which can make the space feel smaller and more cramped.
  • Use mirrors to reflect natural light. Mirrors are a great way to bounce light around a room, making it look larger and brighter. Place mirrors opposite windows to reflect the natural light, or use them to create the illusion of depth in a small space.
  • Add plants to your décor. Plants are not only beautiful, but they can also help improve the quality of the air in your home. They also help to reflect natural light, making the room feel brighter and more spacious.

Reconfigure the Layout

Although it may be challenging to visualize your home outside of the predetermined rooms and floor plan, you shouldn’t be frightened to change the design. You may more effectively match your home to your lifestyle by doing this. For example, larger dining rooms are frequently the least used rooms in homes. Making a home appear larger and more open-plan by converting this space into a cinema room or adding on to the kitchen might be a very wise choice. If your home’s design allows it, think about knocking down a wall in the kitchen to create an open concept. This is fantastic for entertaining and can make your home feel bigger right away.

Finish Your Basement

If your property has an unfinished basement or attic, completing these areas will greatly increase the feeling of space in your house. When renovating an attic, make sure that the attic is connected to a stairway and that at least half of the ceiling is at least seven feet high. A finished attic can be used for a variety of things, such as creating an office, a guest bedroom, or even a home gym. In a similar vein, finishing your basement gives you the option of adding rooms with diverse functions, such as a home theater or media room. Remember to include emergency windows or a backyard exit in your renovation plan if you intend to install a basement bedroom.

Expand by Enclosing

If your home has a porch or terrace, you may expand your living area while increasing the value of your property by enclosing it and opening it up to the inside of the house. If you enjoy spending time on your front porch, for instance, enclosing it can transform it into a sunroom, increasing your usable square footage. If you choose not to enclose these spaces, you might open up the house to the outside and improve the flow between interior and outdoor living by installing a wall of sliding doors. This is especially effective in a kitchen or entertaining area.

The best approach to making your house feel and look bigger may depend on your lifestyle and available space, but getting creative is always a good idea. Think beyond the limitations of how your house currently appears and instead picture what it might look like with a few upgrades or well-placed renovations. Don’t forget that Valor Home Services can help. Our stress-free team has helped many homeowners achieve open floor plans for a variety of homes and sizes. To learn more about our process or to schedule an appointment, give our team a call today.