Since having baby number three, we have been quite keen to move house to somewhere bigger and with more space. The housing market is mad at the moment, so we have decided to stay put for a little longer, in the hope we can save and then at the same time, hope that house prices will chill out a little bit!
The good news is that there are still lots of things that you can do in your home to create a sense of space. In fact, just a few years ago we had an extension on the home with aluminium bifold doors opening up to the garden. At this time of the year, when the Sheerline bifold doors are open, is when we really can make the most of those doors, and it opens up the space in our home so much. I really like how open it makes the space look and how the garden almost feels like part of the home.
If you’re looking for some tips and ideas to help you to create space in the home, then here are some that can help you to make the most of the space that you do have, as well as create more space in your home.
Make use of mirrors
It is actually quite surprising just how much using mirrors in the home can make a difference to how spacious it feels. Mirrors can help a room to look brighter, simply because glass mirrors bounce light in the room around the space. One idea is to use a large oversized mirror as a way to ‘lighten up’ darker or shadowy areas of a room. By doing this, you help to create an illusion that there is more space than there actually is. Leaning large mirrors against a wall can work well, as well as looking for cut to size mirrors that can be hung on walls, especially if there is an unusual shaped space to fill.
Light and bright
In a room that needs to look more spacious and give a greater sense of space in the home, then think about using less chunky or weighty curtains. This can help to make the space more airy and light. Not to mention that if you have any fancy details in the space, such as sash windows or detailed coving or architrave, it can highlight those when they’re more exposed. For curtains and other soft furnishings, if you choose ones that are more plain in colour or have a muted pattern, then it will help the room to look stylish, but not overpower the space to make it look any smaller.
Keep dark colours for larger spaces
If you have a small room, such as a bedroom, then you need to make sure that you keep rich and dark colours away from it. When you use a lot of darker tones in a small room, then it can make it look even smaller. If you want to use a darker colour, such as en emerald green (because it can look super lush), then it is best to save it for a room that is larger and more open, such as a living room or kitchen. Even then, just doing a statement wall in the colour of choice can be the way to go.
Panelling or toning
If you want to create a sense of space in your home, then think about the use of wall panelling or toning on the wall. These differences in shades on the wall, help to give an illusion of height, which is a great idea if your home feels cramped or there are some low ceilings. Use darker shades on the lower parts of the wall and then lighter as the wall goes higher. Choosing an ombre look can also work if you’re looking for more subtle blending.
There is one simple thing that you can do to make sure that you create a sense of space in your home, and that is to avoid too much clutter in the space. If all surfaces, sideboards or cupboards are covered or full of ‘stuff,’ then it will automatically look like a home that is smaller. Having a declutter, investing in some storage, or finding more suitable homes for things are a good way to avoid all of this and help the home look brighter and more airy.
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I really like the idea of using large floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. In my opinion, this works most effectively. However, if you decide to use this method, you should choose high-energy-efficient options. The more windows and doors there are, the more heat can leak through them.
Steel windows and doors are the best from the point of view of energy efficiency. Steel models offer some of the best protection against the elements, especially in wet weather like rain or snow. And there are more reasons to choose steel: https://portella.com/blog/the-rise-of-steel-when-why-did-steel-windows-doors-become-luxury-standard/.
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