Whether you live in a small and cozy home or a palatial estate have you noticed we always want more space? Open area in your interiors makes you feel comfortable and allows your mind to feel inspired and fresh. One of the challenges in our homes is that we have too many items, oversized furniture, and lifestyles that help us keep more than we really need. In turn, our homes are more cramped and we often spend a fortune in hiring an interior designer to help make it feel larger and spacious. If you’ve been longing for simple and inexpensive ways to make your home interiors look larger, try these easy tips.
Declutter and Remove Abundant Decor
Take a walk through your home and take notice of each room. Are there open surfaces in your kitchen and home office? Can you see the baseboards in most of your rooms? Do you have rooms in your home that are more used for storage than actually living? These questions are the first steps to decluttering your home, one room at a time. Kitchen and bathroom organization is key for productivity and the ability to relax when cooking and when bathing or winding down from a hard workday. Sort through pantries, cabinets, office desks, closets, and other areas of your home that house too much “stuff”! Remove decorative items that are repetitive and don’t have significance. Consider using certain decor at separate parts of the year to give your home a seasonal change in appearance and to free up clear areas.
Remove Large Furniture & Replace with Multi-functional Pieces
Are you able to walk freely through your rooms into adjacent ones? Remember your furniture takes up a lot of space and downsizing could be the answer to a larger room and a way to provide multi-functionality to your dining room, home office, or other transitional space. If you don’t have the budget for new furniture, look to other rooms in your home. Often times a loveseat in the living room could work better in your basement and give open area that you didn’t consider before. If you live in an apartment or small home look to futons, sleeper-sofas, and dining tables that can double as home office spaces when needed.
Bring in Natural Light and Color
One of the most inexpensive tricks to adding space to your interiors is by letting in natural light. Opt for window treatments that allow natural sunlight in and consider painting walls with lighter neutral tones like camel brown, buttery yellow, or greige tones for a sophisticated way to let rooms flow together. The moment you make every room a different color with dark and bold color shocks to the eye is when your home suddenly feels smaller and off-putting. Paint accent walls to add a punch of color and use accent colors in accessories, decor, throw pillows and accent rugs. You won’t believe how inexpensive paint and opening your windows can be.
Regardless of the size of your home, the ability to feel comfortable at all times is a must. Try these tips from decluttering, removing large furniture, to bringing in natural light and subtle color to instantly enlarge the feel of your home. Your home is the one place you can make personally yours, so ensure it feels like a castle without the price tag to match.
Ronique Gibson, Assoc. AIA, LEED A.P. design lifestyle service and blog at Stagetecture.com started in 2009 and today has become a well sought after destination for helping homeowners with everyday lifestyle challenges. Home enthusiasts check in daily for help with their homes, DIY Saturday’s, recipes, crafts, and inspiration to get motivated to beautify and enjoy their homes. Get inspired to create a beautiful home that you enjoy retreating to daily.