Regardless of the size of your home, you’ll probably find yourself thinking about more space at some point. In order to make your house look bigger and spacier, you’ll need a good action plan. The text below will provide you with some tips and guidelines which could come in handy when you decide to redesign your living space a bit.
Start with the colors of the wall
Your tiny living space will seem larger if the walls are painted with light colors. Use the shades o the same color for the whole house because that will produce an effect of spaciness. Using the monochromatic color scheme will ease the eyes to slide through the room without being blocked by competing colors. Use a bright white to color window frames, baseboards and crown moldings. The other colors should be used just on artwork, pillows and such.
Avoid dark and heavy pieces of furniture
Make sure to use just those pieces that show their legs. A lot of space will open if your furniture is lifted off the ground. If the legs of your couch or chair are bulky and outdated, make sure to replace them with some new and aesthetic ones. Try to avoid massive rocking chairs and couches. They use a lot of space and make the room look overcrowded. Keep it simple and functional. Another great practice is to use glass everywhere you can. Looking through glass is much better than making a visual barrier with a wooden coffee table for instance.
Make sure to declutter on a regular basis
After a while, your living space can get cluttered with various items that you don’t really need in everyday life. Your desks and other surfaces can accumulate more than a few inches of old mail, magazines, and promotional material. A great start of decluttering is getting a large black bag. Start with filling it and you’ll see how new space will open in front of your eyes. Once you’re done with garbage, stop to think what do you really need in your home. Everything that just picks up dust should be disposed of. You may organize a yard sale, or pay a visit to a charity organization and donate your extra stuff. You’ll get yourself more space and you’ll make someone very happy.
Make sure you have enough light
If you were unable to make your walls lighter, you may put a mirror on one. That way, all the light from windows and ceiling lights will make space look bigger due to reflecting. Adding some lamps to room corners will most certainly make your room look larger. If you want your living space to look large, but you would like to avoid excessive sunlight coming in, you might want to find some affordable roller blinds online which can be used for light control. In case you choose to use curtains, make sure to place them as high and wide as you can. This little trick will fool the eye and make an illusion of spaciness. The windows will look larger and ceiling higher.
Don’t use various flooring styles
Make sure to use just one style and color for your flooring. This continuity will make tiny space look much bigger. Think about medium to light colors when it comes to floors. On the other hand, if you want to use rugs, make sure they’re monochromatic or in solid colors. Another great way to make the room longer is to use the rug with vertical stripes. You should avoid using a rug that is patterned and rich in detail since it’ll shrink the room.
Balance the room weight wise
You don’t want to place the biggest piece of furniture close to the front door. You should put it against the farthest wall. Make sure to have plenty of space around your entrance. Your guests will need the space to greet you, set their things down, leave their coats and turn around freely. Try to achieve weight balance around your living space. You should aim for symmetry and avoid putting together big and heavy items. Use opposite walls for placing big pieces of furniture.
As you can see, living in a tiny home shouldn’t be stressful. You’ll just need a good plan and some motivation. Feel free to ask your friends and family to help you with cleaning and refurbishing. Once you’re done, you may repay with a tasty dinner and a movie in your new spacious living room.
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