You could have a chateau in France with 15 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and I bet that you would still want more space in your home. So when we only have 3 bedrooms and one bathroom the problem is amplified.
Small homes can make you feel anxious and can sometimes make you feel down as you always seem to be cleaning up the place as it can get cluttered very quickly.
Here, we take a look at some of the best ways to remove the clutter from your home and make your small home feel bigger.
1) Less furniture
For some reason, homeowners often feel the need to fill their small homes with as many items of furniture as possible. They think that having a small home means that you should have small furniture and lots of it when the opposite is true.
If you have a small home and lots of furniture you should try to get rid of some of it, you could either put your furniture in self storage or look to sell them on auction sites such as eBay or sell them in local Facebook groups.
When you have less furniture you can then reassess the situation, take a look at your home. Do you need more furniture? If the answer is yes, choose large statement pieces (while getting rid of many of the smaller items) as they will make your home feel bigger and in my opinion look more stylish too.
2) Add to the walls
In a small home, you should think of your walls as extra storage space, this also applies to any alcoves you have. You can add shelving units to any wall and store books, lamps, telephones and so much more while freeing up your floor space.
Having less items on the floor tricks your eyes into thinking your room is larger
If you have a lot of books, now would be a great time to invest in a floor to ceiling bookshelf, not only can you store all of your books on the shelves which will free up space from your cupboards but by going floor to ceiling you are allowing the eye to be tricked into thinking there is more space than there is. In a small home, it’s important to fake space where possible.
3) Add artwork
Adding artwork to a small home can seem counter-intuitive, but by doing so you are attracting your eyes to the walls rather than what is in the room. If you oversize the art and get large art you can make your room feel big. If you have tall ceilings you should hang the art as high as possible to accentuate the high ceilings.
Art doesn’t have to be expensive and you can pick up custom pieces for relatively cheap from arts and crafts websites like Etsy. If you are on a limited budget you could also look in secondhand shops and charity shops as they often have art and framed photographs for sale.
4) Let the light in
Letting the light into your home can open up the space. Many small homes feel smaller than they are because of a lack of light. A small dark home is enough to make anyone feel down.
Instead of using heavy curtains you can opt for lighter materials to let the light come in from the outside and shine into your room, or you can take it a step further and ditch the curtains altogether. If you choose to go down this route you can open your home up much more than before, just know that you won’t have much privacy.
Getting rid of your curtains will allow the outside to come into the home and if you have great views this can make your home much more enjoyable to live in.
All of the above tips will allow you to make the most of your small home and make it far more enjoyable to live it. Most of the above tips won’t cost much to implement either so go ahead and start improving your home with the tips today.
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