Not all of us can afford our dream mansion with 11 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, an indoor pool, home theater and an ocean view terrace. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t clever enough to make our cozy little home feel open and luxurious. Here are a few ingenious ideas to help you expand your space and bring the neighborhood parties to your KB house.
Keep it Clean
The quickest way to make a home look like its shrinking is to avoiding cleaning it. Take advantage of the limited space you have to clean, smaller homes have fewer areas that get messy. Make all your rooms look more spacious by cleaning out all the unnecessary items lying around. If you do nothing else but simply maintain the cleanliness of your home it will appear roomier.
Keep it Light
A simple paint job can do wonders to a room. Light, pale colors like blues, whites, creams, and grays all generate an open, airy feel. If you have trims and other detailing in your room try painting all of them with different shades of one color to magnify that open look. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious you can also replace your flooring for a lighter color or find a beautiful light colored area rug for the floor. Just as dark walls and floors can make a room feel small and cozy, a light painted room feels vast and refreshing.
Keep it Interesting
With your walls and floors revitalized you can now move up to the ceilings and light fixtures. Unlike the other parts of the room, ceilings can be painted with darker tones. You can also add texture to the ceilings, and install beautiful, unique light fixtures to your small space. All of these aspects add depth to the room and give the illusion that your ceiling is higher up than it actually is.
Keep it Accessible
Some homes are designed with extra rooms such as a formal dining area and formal living room. You are not required to use these rooms for these specific reasons if you don’t want to. In fact some people like to change these rooms into offices, libraries, music rooms, etc.Multiple rooms can be used in multiple ways. If you don’t want to be rid of your formal dining area but your books need a place of residence, you can shelve them in said dining room for both decoration and practicality.
Keep it Convenient
Furniture can be multi-purposed too. You can purchase cute and comfortable hide-a-bed couches and replace coffee tables with storage built-in ottomans or steamer trunks. You can even get comfortable dining chairs that are cute enough to be moved around to other rooms when you have extra guests. Be sure that all of your furniture is comfortable and sensible for you. Your end-of-the-day tired body should love your furniture as much as your eyes do. With these versatile furnishings you should notice a lot more open space in your rooms.
Keep it Open
Contrary to popular belief, thrusting couches against the wall does not make your room look larger. Open concept rooms are created when it looks like the furniture is not taking up enough space. Try arranging your couches a little closer together so that you can walk around and behind them. You can also try positioning your bed at an angle in your bedroom for a similar open look and feel. Dining Tables and surrounding chairs also look less cramped when they are not squeezed into a small corner of the kitchen.
Keep it Flowing
When the paint is dried and the furniture set in place, you can open up your room even more with a few finishing touches. Mirrors, windows and paintings have a distinctive way of expanding a room. Windows, of course, expose a room to natural light and surrounding outdoor views to make you feel like the outside is part of your indoor room. Paintings depicting the outdoors have a similar effect. Mirrors create deceit in a small room as they can sometimes visually double the size of it with its amazing reflecting abilities. A word of caution, when adding painting and mirrors to your wall try to keep it scarce. The barer your walls appear the bigger your space will look.
You can live large in small home by getting the most out of your square footage. Whatever you choose to do –paint your walls, reorganize your rooms, or mount a new painting— enjoy the process of expansion. The illusion you will create might surprise even you. Have fun.