Brighter homes create the illusion of more space, cleanliness and openness. Darker colours can often…
If you dream of living in a bigger home, you are not alone. It is a wish shared by millions of families. But the harsh reality is that the majority either can’t afford to or have commitments that make it impractical. The good news, however, is that it is possible to make the home feel bigger by making some quick transformations.
You could look to incorporate structural changes like extensions. However, it may be wiser to consider some of these quick and budget-friendly options instead. Your home could feel bigger and better in no time.
Turn Dark Color Schemes Into Light Ones
Color schemes are one of the first things you’ll notice about a room, and they can influence your mood. Moreover, they will subsequently guide other interior design choices. Whether it’s picking out furniture or deciding what artwork to put on the walls, every decision can link back to the color schemes. It’ll also help you create consistency.
So, why trade dark schemes for light schemes? Light tones and hues will reflect light to make rooms look larger. Neutral colors will also help you create personality with a burst of bold shades for feature walls and accentuating items. When the home is also kept clean, it will promote an added sense of positivity and emotional comfort.
Conversely, dark rooms will feel like they have closed in.
Lose Bulky Cabinets For Shelving
When thinking about ways to make an individual room appear larger, floor space is the key. When the floor feels less cluttered, it will seem as though more space has been created. Choosing tables, chairs, and sofas where you can see the legs is a smart move. For the best results, though, utilizing the walls will be your greatest asset.
We all want to show off family photos, souvenirs, and achievements. However, bulky display cabinets take up lots of space. Reclaimed timber shelves offer a far smarter solution, not least because they are a stylish design feature themselves. Besides, your ornaments, plants, books, and homewares will be more accessible.
Leaving a larger open floor can also streamline your cleaning efforts.
Give Guest Rooms A Function
If you regularly find yourself moaning that your living room or dining spaces serve too many purposes, there could be a quick solution. While it’s nice to have a place for your friends and family to stay, the guest room is currently being unused for more than 90% of the year. Now is the time to change that forever by turning it into something useful.
Turning the guest room into a playroom, for example, means that there will be less clutter in the living room or their bedrooms. Alternatively, a home office space can work wonders. There are plenty of options to consider while the garage is another unused part of the home that could be turned into something else like a home gym.
Whichever route you take, it’ll also make the property feel more homely.
Section The Backyard
Learning to do more with your outside spaces can be one of your greatest weapons in the battle to make the home feel bigger. When utilized to its full potential, even a relatively small backyard brings a whole new dimension to the home. Sectioning it off so that you can enjoy multiple activities in this part of the home is a particularly useful step.
Creating a dedicated patio or decking space creates the perfect setting for hosting friends or enjoying family BBQs. Spots for gardening, exercising, sunbathing, or enjoying outdoor activities that you love will play a positive role too. You could even look to luxuries like garden cinemas or hot tubs for stunning results.
If nothing else, it’ll improve the view when looking out of the garden from the living spaces.
Trade Physical Goods For Digital Products
There is no escaping the fact that the average family now has more possessions than ever before. Creating additional storage space by utilizing the attic or adding hooks behind the door can help. Likewise, organizers for the garage will allow you to reduce the level of clutter throughout your living spaces.
For the best results, though, you should look to adopt digital productions. Subscriptions services and paperless billing are great starting points. You can also sell a lot of unwanted physical products online or at a garage sale. The funds raised can pay for some of the home projects you complete over the coming months.
We are now living in a world dominated by tech. Do not ignore its benefits.
Lose Walls For Open Plan Living
Making big structural changes like building an extension may require planning permission. However, knocking down internal walls is a far simpler task. As long as you check that they are not supportive walls, it can be one of the fastest ways to make a home feel larger and more social. Living rooms, dining spades, and kitchens can all turn into one big area.
An alternative solution is to switch traditional bulky doors for french doors, which can have a similar impact. For the biggest transformation, you can also install sliding doors to connect your internal and external spaces. This creates a far more versatile living situation for all the family while also creating the perfect hosting area.
Open plan living has helped thousands of families and can support yours too.
Trade Drapes For Blinds
The importance of good lighting for interior design is something you will already know about. Therefore, choosing the right products for dressing the windows should be a priority. While thick drapes can be good for insulation purposes, they will have a negative influence on the atmosphere within the property.
As such, it may be far better to install blinds or fix interior shutters to the window frames. It is a simple move that gives you complete control over lighting. You will also avoid the negative impacts of introducing another bulky design feature. Living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms can all benefit from this simple move.
When combined with strategically placed mirrors, the influence is telling.
Swap Heavy Furniture For Slimline
First and foremost, furniture choices should be functional. Nevertheless, it’s imperative that you consider their appearances and the overall feng shui too. Otherwise, you could be left with unnecessarily cramped rooms. If you have fallen into the trap of choosing bulky products, now is the time to change it.
As well as furniture where you can see the legs and floor, you may want to consider retractable and folding products. This will allow you to keep rooms clearer when those items aren’t needed. Another option is to choose ottomans that feature internal storage for blankets or other items that don’t need to be on show.
With compact or slimline furniture at your disposal, rooms can take on a whole new look.
Lose Front Yard Clutter For An Open View
The opportunity to create a better home environment isn’t limited to internal spaces. Building a more spacious and inviting entrance and front garden sets the tone before you’ve even stepped inside. As such, it is one of the quick transformations that must not be ignored. As well as the direct rewards, you’ll be the envy of your neighbours.
Painting the building is a great starting point while adding mailboxes and house nameplates can work wonders too. Crucially, you must remove debris and cut back the overgrown bushes. Otherwise, your visibility will be hindered which can make the home feel smaller, especially if sunlight is blocked out.
Adding curb appeal shouldn’t require much time or money, either. Perfect.
Trade Outdated Lights For LED
Finally, a quick and simple upgrade is to change your incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs. they provide increased brightness levels while also giving you greater control over the aesthetic of a room. When added to the energy savings that they deliver – as well as the financial savings – the benefits are evident for all.