Can't get a larger room? Make it look bigger with these five easy tips. Learn how lighting, mirrors, and placement create the illusion of more space.
There comes a time in most homeowners’ lives when their home starts to feel a little cramped. Perhaps you've got a new addition to the family or your kids are suddenly a lot more active. Whatever the reason, it’s not always possible to move to a larger home or do major renovations to add additional square footage.
Luckily, there are some low-cost tips and tricks you can use to make your home look bigger. Here are some of our favorites.
Rearrange Your Furniture
If you're trying to figure out how to make your home look bigger, start by rearranging your furniture. If you are having trouble re-imagining your furniture placement, ask a friend to come over and give you a pair of fresh eyes to help you make decisions.
If you have oversized furniture pieces taking up space in your home, try selling them on a neighborhood yard sale site and use the funds to replace them with more appropriately sized pieces.
One of the most common ways to make a small room look bigger is to strategically place mirrors throughout the room. Mirrors, especially large ones, do a great job of making a space appear bigger while also doubling the amount of light in a room through reflection. Place a mirror directly across from a window or major light source and admire the difference.
When your home is bursting at the seams with stuff, it can start to feel like you're out of space. Come up with a plan and work from room to room to clear out items you no longer use or want. You can work with a charity to make sure things go to good use — many charities will gladly pick up items for donation from your front porch.
Once you have your home cleared out, come up with a plan to keep it that way. A good rule of thumb is to take one item out for every item that goes in. When you purchase a new item, you should plan on getting rid of another one you already own.
Try a Different Paint Color
If your home is painted in dark shades, it can make the rooms appear smaller. Light-colored paint, however, can make a dark, dreary room feel larger and airier. Try giving at least one room a few coats of fresh paint in a lighter color to see the difference!
In the same way, adding light to a room can make it feel bigger. Try keeping your curtains and blinds open during the daylight hours for extra light at no cost. If you have rooms that don’t get much natural light, add additional lighting in the form of lamps throughout the room.
Once you've got your home looking bigger and brighter, you'll want to keep it in good shape.