Creating More Space on a Budget
We don’t all have the money available to extend our homes, but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like more space. However, with a bit of imagination and creativity, you can create the illusion of more space without having to carry out any building work.
Brighten Up Dark Corners
Rooms that are filled with light will appear more spacious. Where possible, try to increase the degree of natural light that is available, particularly when it comes to organising small rooms. This can be achieved by not blocking windows and adding some feature lights in darker areas. The type of fittings you add to your home can also brighten up traditionally dark spaces, such as having stairs in stainless steel rather than dark wood.
Stay on Top of Clutter
Untidy and cluttered rooms can seem smaller than they actually are. We’re all guilty of letting the tidying-up get out of hand, whether it’s an abundance of toys, paperwork or electrical chargers. You can create more usable space by buying some handy storage units so that everything has its own place and you can tidy up at the end of the day.
Make the Most of Views
If you have a beautiful view from your windows, this can help to brighten up the rooms. It’s important that this can be seen from as many areas as possible, which can be achieved by positioning furniture to take advantage of the views.
The Magic of Mirrors
Mirrors are a simple yet effective means of opening up spaces. Those positioned close to windows will also reflect the sunshine and draw more light into a room. Mirrors come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you’ll be able to find something that matches your existing decor and fits into the space available. Choose frames with minimal edges to get the most impact from your purchase.
Glass is a versatile material, and it can be incorporated into a number of products to prevent your views from being impaired. The transparency stops a room from feeling cluttered and reflects the light in the same way as mirrors do. Glass can be used across your interior decor, from tables and chairs to ornaments and accessories.
Not Just Curtains
You don’t have to completely disregard curtains, but other materials, such as voiles, could bring in more light. Choose ceiling-to-floor lengths to give a feeling of height and enable them to be opened completely.