With families growing and house prices rising, people are stuck with the fight of staying in their family home due to the cost of moving and needing more space. Here we have plenty of ideas to keep your home spacious and clutter free.
1) Create the illusion of space: Keep in mind that light coloured walls make the room seem more spacious and airy. Whilst dark walls tend to do the opposite as they absorb any light, making it seem a lot smaller. Also, think about painting your ceiling. Ceilings can be made to look higher with the choice of a light, bold colour which will make the room appear taller and more spacious.
2) Focus on floor space: Flooring can make a huge difference to any room, if you use large and light tiles it will instantly make a room feel more spacious and less cluttered. The same with light coloured carpets, it will transform any room with an airy feel. To keep continuity in your home, keep the flooring the same in all rooms if possible, it will give the effect of a larger space and will flow extremely well on the eye.
3) Keep the windows natural: Natural light is the best tool to making a room appear bigger. If you can, leave the window completely free of all curtains, blinds or shutters. If you’d prefer some curtains, keep the colours as light as possible so sunlight can still seep through. Elaborate curtains and decoration will create a more enclosed look that will visually divide the room and make it appear smaller.
4)Vertical objects: High shelves and cabinets can free up floor space and create amazing storage which will immediately make any room feel spacious. It will also make a room seem taller as our eyes will naturally draw upwards.
5) Lots of mirrors: Mirrors are our best friends when it comes to creating illusional space. With their ability to bounce light around a room, they instantly make a room seem brighter and larger. Top tip: install a mirror behind a source of light or facing the focal point of our room.
6) Furniture placement: Placing furniture can be tricky, especially in small spaces. Most of us tend to push our furniture right up against the wall to make as much floor space as possible. Although, it is actually much more appealing to the eye when there is a slight bit of wall space behind the furniture. It gives the ‘opening’ effect which feels and looks much better. Try to leave a few inches between the sofa and the wall as this will create breathing space thus making the space looking much larger on the eye.
7) Pegboards are our best friends: Pegboards are an amazing space saver when it comes to small rooms. They organise and hold many household items, if you are using them in the bedroom then think about putting belts, scarves, hats and purses in there. If you are using pegboards in the kitchen, you could store pans, cutlery, spices and other cooking utensils. To avoid a busy look, try placing the pegboard on the back of a door to keep it out of sight.
8) Over the door organisers: These are perfect for small houses and apartments. They keep the floor space free, you can buy a variety of sizes for different household items. They are great for children’s rooms to store all those little toys that can get scattered all over as well as their shoes and accessories.
9) Under bed storage: Keeping the bedroom clutter free is a tough job, think about storing old clothes such as winter clothes in boxes under the bed and then swap it over for summer clothes dependant on the season. This will keep your cupboard and drawer space free for other items such as handbags, shoes and coats. You could even consider a blanket box for the end of your bed to store further items in, such as our Breton Oak Blanket Box.
We hope our tips and tricks will make your house seem that much more spacious. For more information and storage furniture, have a look at our website.