Written in collaboration with Rosana Beechum
Sometimes we outgrow our homes but have no option to move to somewhere bigger. But there are a few things we can do to improve the comfort and overall feel of a space that doesn’t quite work for us. You don’t have to be a fan of the tiny house trend to embrace the challenge of playing the storage game. Here are some ideas on how to make your home feel bigger, even if you don’t actually upgrade the house itself.
There are many pieces of furniture in our homes that can be used for multiple purposes, a blanket box that we can turn into seating or a window seat that you can store all of your craft supplies maybe? People are becoming a little more clever with their furniture, and you will see seating that moves around to be tucked away when needed, or even a gas lift bed that contains all the unused bedding. The great thing about multi-functional furniture is that the options are vast, so no matter what space you’re working with you can entertain many different ideas.
Pack away clutter
It’s very easy to let clutter build up in your home. We all accumulate so much stuff over the years, so naturally it starts to get hard to find a home for everything. If you are guilty of this and find that it’s impacting the space you have in your home, it’s time to take action. The starting point is obviously to throw away what you don’t want, but if you need to keep things, then purchase storage solutions to help make it more organised. For instance, if you have clothes overflowing out of your wardrobe which are making your room feel smaller, grab some storage bags that can be used to vacuum pack it all away. If your child has toys stacked up all across the house, then some functional toy boxes may prove to be worthwhile. Think practically and you’ll quickly be able to transform your clutter.
Many interior designers spend a lot of time learning exactly what to do when it comes to designing a home, there are tricks and ways in which to use colours, textures and lighting which really open up space. We all know about adding mirrors to bounce light and using light coloured paint to make a room feel bigger, but did you know that a little bit of contrast with deep and darker colours can add a whole different dimension to the room? Many people choose a rich green colour to complement their living spaces. We have so many options to choose from now, that it should be easy to find the right colours for your home. Utilising lighting in the rooms in your house as well can really add interest and produce some surprising results.
Large decorative items
It can seem like a strange concept but it turns out having a few large decorative items rather than many little items makes a small room feel bigger. A tallboy, grandfather clock or table rather than a cluttered area with lots of trinkets helps a person feel less overwhelmed and the room gets chance to be seen for what it is, rather than a messy space. Some ideas for these statement pieces are large crystals, some very large candles, a huge canvas print, or even just a pretty chair allows the visitor to relax a little instead of focussing on too many little distractions.
The next time you find yourself worried about the amount of space in your home, take a step back and work out if the furniture, decoration and display items could add a more spacious feel to your home.