How to create the illusion of space in your home

Whether you have a large or a small home, it’s likely that at some point, you’ll bemoan your property’s lack of space. The size of your home matters to some degree, but it’s what you choose to do with the space available that really makes a difference. If you’ve lived in your home for many years, you will have had the opportunity to amass plenty of possessions and pieces of furniture, and the more cluttered your home is, the smaller it will feel. There are plenty of ways to create the illusion of space in your home with minimal expense, so don’t hesitate to try out these simple tips.

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Optical Illusions

Certain patterns and materials will fool the eye into seeing a room as larger than it really is. A striped floor will make any room seem much wider and it’s a good idea to opt for pale colours. Glass doors that open out onto a patio, the garden or an adjoining room are wonderful for opening up your home and making it seem lighter and more airy. Glass doors can be purchased from a variety of retailers including Frameless Glass Curtains. Try glass-topped tables to trick the eye into perceiving a larger amount of space in a room, and enhance the effect with a large mirror. You can place decorative mirrors in any room in the house, and they will always make the space appear larger.

Use Colour

Light shades such as white, cream, tan, lavender and pale pink will reflect the natural light in a room and create the illusion of space. A pale-coloured ceiling will also make the ceiling seem higher.

De-Clutter Your Space

The simplest way to create the illusion of space in your home is to cut down on the number of things in it. Most of us have more possessions than we actually need or use, and a de-cluttering session can even unearth some hidden gems. If you haven’t used or worn an item for over a year, you probably don’t need it. Remember that there are plenty of sites online that allow you to sell clothes, DVDs, books, games and music for a reasonable amount of money, meaning that you can de-clutter and make a profit at the same time. You’ll be surprised at how much bigger your home seems without unwanted items filling drawers, cupboards and floor space.

Reduce Your Collections

If you’re a collector of ornaments, art, or antique furniture, consider cutting down on your collection. Narrow it to a couple of really special pieces, and they will make more of a statement in your home.

 

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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