You don’t need to break the bank to make a small living space feel roomy. Check out these practical pointers for making your home look and feel bigger.
If you feel like you need more space in your home, a costly renovation doesn’t have to be your only option. Much can be achieved with smart interior design to create a sense of spaciousness in small spaces.
Read on for oodles of options to take your home from cramped to cosy. If you need a little help to make it happen, apply online for an RCS Personal Loan. You could be granted a cash loan of up to R250 000 within 24 hours, with flexible repayment options.
PICK THE RIGHT
Put some careful consideration into the furniture that you choose for your space. Big clunky furniture will dominate the space and make the room seem smaller than it actually is. While seating the same number of people as a sleeker option, watch out for those comfy-looking over-stuffed couches with wide armrests.
The rule of thumb is that if your furniture encroaches on the boundaries of a room – either top to bottom or side to side – it’s too big. To create a sense of space, there should be ‘breathing room’ between your furniture and walls. Another hot tip is to pick multifunctional and adaptable furniture that serves more than one purpose, for example, expandable/foldable dinner tables or an ottoman or chest with hidden storage the doubles as a coffee table.
Using mirrors to add depth and space to a room is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Consider where you place your mirror carefully, so that it not only reflects light but potentially captures a good view – which will trick the eye into perceiving more space or even give the illusion that there’s a whole other room beyond.
CHOOSE YOUR COLOURS CAREFULLY
Brighter is better when it comes to creating a sense of space. Opt for light wall colours that will reflect the light, rather than darker colours which absorb the light. If in doubt, you can’t go wrong with white walls – and paint the ceiling the same colour for optimum effect. If you’re worried about the white being too cold or clinical, you can soften it up with wood or other natural touches and pops of colour in your furniture and accessories.
GET THE RIGHT LIGHT
Natural light is key to making a space seem open and airy. But don’t worry: If you don’t have it, you can fake it with the right lighting fixtures. Recessed lighting not only looks great but allows you to bounce light where you need to. If you have high ceilings, you can opt for hanging lights with a bit more character.
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