While small homes are often the coziest, they can also feel a little cluttered. If you feel claustrophobic in your own house, don’t stress. We have prepared a list of simple tips that can help you make a room look bigger as well as increase the comfort of your home.
Ways to Make a Room Look Bigger
When you don’t have a lot of space to work with, the key is to trick the eye. Fortunately, there are several ways you can make a room appear bigger than it actually is.
1. Keep decor simple.
Furniture needs to fit into a room without making it difficult to move. If your sofas, end tables, coffee tables, etc. are crammed together and leave little space for walking, consider getting rid of unnecessary features. Be sure to focus on a clean, minimalistic look with only a few statement pieces.
2. Hang mirrors.
Mirrors are a small room’s best friend. They reflect empty space and make that empty space appear bigger and lighter. Large mirrors make great statement pieces as well as general decor. Remember to pair your mirror with bright, natural lighting.
3. Use bright, light colors.
If you paint your room a dark color, expect to feel like the walls are crowding in on you. Bright, light colors provide the opposite effect. Shades of white, light blues and greens, and pale yellows make a room appear more spacious. If you still have a penchant for the darker colors, consider an accent wall. A pop of color often brings personality to a room and complements the light neutrals.
4. Focus on the curtains.
Curtains can make or break a small room. Not only do curtains cover up windows, which provide natural light, they also give the room a “closed in” feeling. You can solve this problem by eliminating the curtain entirely. If that isn’t an option, try getting a curtain rod that is longer than the window so you can fully expose the window during the day. Match the curtains to your wall color so they aren’t too obvious, or choose some in a light, airy fabric.
5. Choose vertical OR horizontal lines.
Long, clean lines do wonders to make a room look bigger. However, try to stick with lines going one direction, rather than a mixed-up mess of both vertical and horizontal. For example, a tall shelf might go with a long vase, while horizontal shiplap might match a wide-back chair. There are many ways you can use lines to create space while showcasing creativity.
6. Create open space.
A simple yet often overlooked way to make a room bigger is to free up open space. You can do this by setting furniture to one side of the room. This opens up the other side of the room as a walkway.
7. Keep fabrics light and airy.
Optimal fabric choices are light-colored and lightweight, such as linen. Try to keep an “airy” theme when choosing sofas, throw blankets, throw pillows, tapestries, etc.
How Else Can You Keep a Comfortable Home?
In addition to opening up space in your rooms, you can create a pleasant environment within your home by doing the following.
1. Follow a theme.
Decorating your home should be fun, not overwhelming. One way to ease the stress of decorating is to find a theme. To get started, look at magazines and find some styles that speak to you. With those pictures as your guide, begin looking for items to fill your home. Having a theme will also help if your home needs any remodeling.
2. Use candles, flowers, or diffusers.
Your sense of smell does a lot to affect your mood. Cater to that sense with the addition of candles, flowers, or essential oil diffusers in your home.
3. Keep things clean and organized.
Having a clean and organized home is vital to having a comfortable home. Placing bins around your home for easy storage will help keep things organized. Additionally, a simple but regular cleaning routine makes cleaning less of a chore.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Carpet!
Dirty carpet often contributes to a cramped, dirty feeling in your home. Clean floors make a huge difference when it comes to freeing up space. Consider getting a professional carpet cleaning at least once a year to keep your carpets in good condition and your home smelling and feeling great.
Spectrum Carpet Cleaning uses state of the art equipment to deep clean carpets and extract dirt and moisture trapped in the padding. We are located in Bristol, Indiana and serve Elkhart County homeowners. Keep your home healthy and comfortable. Call today and schedule your carpet cleaning.