Light and space are often the two most sought after features within a home, but sometimes it is not always possible to find a house that can offer you both of these things in abundance. However, no matter the size of your home, there is no reason why you can’t create a space that feels both cosy and spacious, so long as you know how to best adapt the space on offer. If you are looking for ways to update your home so that it has a more desirable aesthetic, then here are five simple things you can do to make a small house feel more spacious.
1) Use Bespoke Fittings
In a smaller room, it can sometimes feel as though the accessible space is working against you. However, instead of trying to fit in awkwardly shaped furnishings, which might look bulky or out of place in a more restricted area, you may find that bespoke fittings can instead help you to make the space work for you. For example, with a bespoke kitchen fitting, you can have a design created that works with the shape of the room, to maximise the amount of floor, storage and surface space which is available for you to utilise.
2) Add Storage Near Ceiling Height
If a room seems small, one of the most effective ways to create the illusion of more space is to use the room vertically as well as horizontally. For instance, instead of having all of your furnishings and storage placed on the floor, try maximising wall space. In particular, if you can place some cupboards or shelves near ceiling height, this will draw the eye up, and showcase as much of the space as possible, while minimising clutter at floor level.
3) Use Bold Statement Pieces Effectively
When you are styling a bigger room, it doesn’t matter if you have an abundance of big and bold pieces of furniture and artwork spread around the space. However, in a smaller area, bold colours, busy patterns and larger furnishings need to be used minimally. Bold statement pieces draw the eye, so while too many items may make a space feel cluttered, having one or two placed strategically can work in your favour to make a space feel bigger.
4) Favour Light Wall Colours
Aside from any bright colours or patterns that you want to use to create a statement or feature wall in certain rooms, the rest of the house should ideally favour lighter colours if space is an issue. Neutral colours reflect more light, making a room feel more open and brighter. This trick to bring more light into the home can also be aided by using mirrors to reflect back both light and space.
5) Use Multipurpose Furniture
As furniture can take up a lot of space, it is important to adopt items that are versatile and can be used for multiple purposes. For example, you might choose a sofa that can be pulled out into a sofa bed for guests, if you don’t have a spare bedroom.
Published December 2019