A home you once loved and thought was just right for you can start to feel cramped and small over time. Maybe you’ve added a kid or two to the family? Maybe you just have more stuff than you used to? Whatever the reason, having a home that feels too small isn’t enjoyable.
You don’t have to settle for an undersized home though. Use these five tips to make your Barrie home feel bigger and more comfortable for you and your family.
- Paint the Walls
Dark, dingy paint can make a room look much smaller than it really is. Brighten up your space and make every room feel bigger by painting your walls, ceiling and trim with a fresh coat. Bright white is ideal for making a room feel bigger, but cream and taupe tones work well too as long as they’re not too much brown in them. Bright colors that aren’t overly-saturated will work if you prefer something a bit more vibrant than white.
- Add Mirrors
Mirrors work make your space feel bigger by reflecting light and generally changing the way the room is seen. Sure, it might be an optical illusion to make a room feel bigger, but mirrors are useful decorative items that can work in almost every room.
Look for wall mirrors with decorative frames or go for a floor-standing mirror for a more modern look without putting holes in your walls.
- Keep it Low
Oversized pieces of furniture with a lot of height are often ideal for cavernous great rooms and living rooms. In average-sized rooms, they can make the proportions of the room look smaller than they really are.
When shopping for new furniture, look for pieces you like with a lower profile. This will give the eye more freedom to explore the room without focusing on objects right in your field of vision.
- Clear Clutter
Clutter can quickly turn a charming home into one that feels downright cramped. As a general rule of thumb, try to keep accessories and decorative items to a minimum if any room in your home is starting to feel crowded.
Aim for one or two decorative items like family photos, coffee table books or art objects per surface to show your style without creating clutter.
- Improve Your Lighting
Dingy paint can turn a nice room into a drab one in a hurry. Not having enough light in your room can make it feel more like a cave than a space you want to spend a lot of time in. Update your lighting with a mixture of overhead lights, floor lamps, table lamps and task lights so you have options for different activities and light conditions.
Creating a home you love is all about using the space you’ve got right. Take advantage of these five simple tips to make a house that’s starting to feel small feel bigger than its actual square-footage.