You don’t need to start knocking down walls in your home to make it feel more spacious. If you have an enclosed area that you want to open up, there are some simple things you can do to help make the area feel larger than life.
Colour me light
Colour has a dramatic effect on perceived space in a room. Lighter colours can help make a room feel bigger, whereas darker colours can make it feel more closed in. In smaller rooms it’s best to opt for whites and pastel shades.
Most people will have noticed the sense of space that mirrors can create. Mirrors are cheap, easy to install and can be placed on walls, cupboards or splashbacks. Reflective surfaces can have a similar effect too.
Improve natural lighting
The reason that light colours and mirrors make rooms feel bigger is because they help bring more light into a room. Another way to increase a room’s natural light is by installing extra windows or a skylight.
Clutter will always make spaces feel more confined than they are. Add shelves, cupboards, draws or other methods of storage to help hide away your clutter and create extra space in a room for the things you want to show off.
Carefully consider furniture
When you only have a small space to work with you need to keep your furniture streamlined. Transparent furniture could be an option (e.g. clear coffee tables) or you could use furniture that does double duty such as hidden storage in beds, or a bookcase that doubles as a room divider.