windows-behind-radiatorDo you feel like the walls are closing in on you in your home? You may need more space, but you may also be able to work with space that you already have to make it more functional. If buying a new house isn’t an option, you’ll want to know some simple tricks about how to make your home look bigger.

De-Clutter Your Space

The easiest thing that you can do to make your home look bigger is to reduce the clutter. Keeping a room tidy and streamline is important, as is making sure that there is a place for everything. Shelving units can be placed in inconspicuous areas to give you more storage space without making a room look crowded. Hanging shoe organizers can also be helpful to hide away makeup, magazines, and even children’s toys so that they are out of sight and well-organized.

Try Unique Furniture Arrangements

When it comes to arranging your furniture, think outside of the box. A unique furniture arrangement may make your living room look larger, and it can also allow your custom furniture to become a focal point of the space. If your living room looks too cluttered with your large, sectional couch, try swapping it out with four comfortable armchairs instead. Trying an unexpected or unconventional furniture arrangement may allow your space to become more useful.

Select Dual-Purpose Furniture

Some furniture pieces serve dual purposes and can provide for added storage space. Many ottomans have a top that can flip off so that you can store blankets for your couch in a discreet location. Investing in one of these pieces is a great way to add to the décor of your room while also maintaining functionality.

Upgrade Your Lighting

Lighting is crucial for opening up a small space. Recessed lighting is great for a small room, while torchiere lighting can provide a visually appealing effect of lighting bouncing off the ceiling and back into a room. Solar tubes and skylights can also make the best use of natural light to brighten up a room. Make sure not to just stick with overhead fixtures that pool light into one spot, and instead, try using several different lighting elements in a single room.

Choose Light Colors

Dark colored décor has a tendency to make rooms feel smaller and more intimate. Light colored furniture, countertops, and cupboards can make a space feel more spacious. Light colored shelving units and storage pieces can help you to make the best use out of your space while also providing an airy ambiance. If you want to lighten up your sofa or love seat, choose fabric protection like a slipcover to give your piece a refreshed new look.

Choose Decorative Elements Wisely

If you are looking to make a room appear larger than it is, choose design elements like mirrors to open up the space. Mirrors can reflect color and light in addition to images. Don’t be afraid to go a little daring by using mirrored tiles to cover a wall, as this will make your room appear twice as large.

We hope these tips will help. Please share any other tips you have with us in the comments section below.