Before you splash out on moving to a bigger pad, think about what you can do to make your existing home more spacious. Not only will you save money and avoid the hassle of moving, you might also be able to increase the value of your home. While you might not be able to make your home bigger without forking out for expensive construction work, there are ways to make it truly look and feel like it’s someplace new.
Drop the darkness and let in the light
Go with light or neutral shades and your home will instantly start to feel bigger. You should also do away with heavy curtains and consider windows that let in the light. When your home fits into the surroundings outside, it starts to feel bigger, brighter and more welcoming. There are also plenty of studies to show that natural light will not just help your home – it will also make you feel healthier and happier.
Make doorways open
When most people think about making their home feel bigger, they imagine they would have to knock down walls. But this doesn’t have to be the case. When you simply open up your doorways, you create the incredible effect of making your entire home feel so much more spacious. It’s almost as though one room borrows space from another. When you’re sitting in your kitchen and you can see through to your living room, the light comes through and some space seems to exist in two places. Both borrow from the other, but both remain rooms on their own.
Say goodbye to the clutter
Clutter. We all have it sometimes, and some of us find it really hard to say goodbye. Thankfully, there’s a fantastic middle ground that lets you gets rid of the clutter, but without having to get rid of everything for good. Go online and find self storage. Imagine the cost of buying a new home or renting a bigger apartment. Now consider the cost of self storage and think about all the money you’ll save. The trick is to think about all the things you’re unlikely to need to use at least once over the next 2–3 months. If you won’t use it, put it into storage. If you ever need to use something in storage, it’s only a drive away.
Go for big flooring and ditch the carpet
“According to the World Floor Covering Association, based in Anaheim, California, the larger the tile, plank or pattern on a floor, the larger the room will look. Even the tiniest of powder rooms benefits from this trick. Another tip? Install tiles on a diagonal,” writes Forbes.
In fact, simply choosing flooring over carpets can make a huge difference. While carpets feel cozy, flooring feels open and spacious. As an added bonus, flooring is also much easier to clean and it increases the resale value of your property. If you really like carpets, restrict them to the bedrooms and possibly the living room.