We all love staying in a spacious house that gives a sense of extra happiness and comfort. But most often we all end up staying in smaller apartments that are close to our workplaces. But don’t worry; there are some easy ways by which you can maximize the space in your house or apartment. Readjusting the lighting, wall colors, furniture, and other home accessories can help to make your rooms airy and more spacious. Whether you stay in a smaller apartment or an independent villa, it is always better to make some small space saving alterations that will uplift your mood and create a positive living environment.
Here are some cool ideas that you can follow to maximize space in your house:
Adjust the lighting
Let natural light flow into your room as much as possible. Open your windows during the daytime and use light-colored curtains instead of dark, heavy ones that can hinder sunlight. A brightly lit room will make space look larger than it is. If there is a lack of natural light in certain rooms, then set up different types of lights to brighten the space and add a feeling of spaciousness. You can consider installing recessed lighting and track lighting in rooms. You can replace a ceiling light with track lights to highlight certain areas in your room. Recessed lighting can add lighting to your walls and make it look larger. Avoid using floor lamps and table lamps in small rooms as it will make space look more cluttered.
Bring in more mirrors
Believe it or not, mirrors can do wonders as they make your house look larger and spacious. Hanging mirrors in a small space can create an optical illusion of spaciousness. It’s a common trick used by interior designers. Mirrors installed on the walls opposite the windows and doors will reflect light and thus add more brightness to a room. If you have a good view from your window, try to place the mirror in such a way that the view is reflected in it. You may have to get help from home maintenance experts to hang heavy mirrors as they would require strong support to be installed on the walls.
Choose the right curtains
Even the smallest living space can look more spacious and large if you follow a few curtain tricks. The higher the curtain rod, the taller the window will appear. Always mount the curtain rod close to the ceiling and away from the window frames. Classic floor-length panels help to create an illusion of height when you enter the room. Also, make sure that you choose a curtain rod that is wider than the window’s width. It gives the impression that the window is larger. Hang curtains about 4 inches above a window frame in rooms with ceiling moldings and up to 6 inches in rooms without moldings. Try to use lightweight curtains with vertical prints which help to make space look higher. Avoid heavily colored horizontal patterns or large floral prints, which tend to make the room look smaller.
Build more storage
Organizing your stuff and decluttering is the easiest way to add more space to your home. While purchasing your furniture try to choose those with built-storage spaces such as a storage bed, ottoman stools with storage, etc. Such multi-functional furniture can be used to store blankets, bedsheets, towels and curtains. You can also install overhead cabinets in all rooms to store away things that you may not need frequently. If you have free space under the staircase, install storage racks or cabinets to make the most of it. Stacking newspapers, magazines, and plastic containers can create more clutter in your home. So every month you should make sure that you get rid of such unwanted stuff.
Arrange your furniture
The right balance of furniture can make the room look spacious and roomy. It may sound surprising but yes it’s true that some quick rearrangements can transform the appearance of your home. If you think that your room looks very crammed, you must consider replacing or removing some furniture. This process can be made enjoyable if you and your family can do it together on holiday. Get suggestions from your spouse or children because who knows it may turn out to be very innovative and helpful. Heavy and outdated furniture can easily be exchanged to buy more trendy and sleek alternatives. If you are setting up your new home, then it is always better to seek advice from a certified interior designer. A less crowded and organized house can make life more enjoyable for your whole family.
Paint the walls with neutral hues
Smaller apartments or homes can look more constricted when you apply the wrong wall color. By choosing the right wall color, you can make the room feel taller and more spacious. For smaller homes, it is better to choose lighter color shades to paint the walls instead of rich darker shades. Lighter or neutral hues can add more light to your rooms. Avoid warm, dark shades like orange, red, and yellow for your house interiors. These colors may look pretty in larger living spaces but in small rooms, it will create a feeling that the elements of the room are closer than they are. You can also try color contrast to the ceiling or walls by choosing slightly different shades.
Open kitchen shelving
The kitchen is the heart of your home and the most important part of your household. Having a spacious and functional kitchen can help you feel positive and energized while making food. Open cabinets are now trending in most of the modern apartment homes as it gives an airy feel to your kitchen. So if you are designing your kitchen, consider having open shelves instead of closed cabinets which takes up all the space in the room. Moreover, these open shelves give you the privilege to showcase your fancy cooking utensils and artifacts. Installing modular kitchen cabinets can also cost you a lot of money so if you are opting for open shelving, you can also cut down on your expenses. Put recessed lighting under kitchen cabinets to illuminate the countertop and reflect light into the rest of the room.