We all know that the average buyer makes space a priority when they’re looking for a new home, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. With the UK’s population at record levels and not looking likely to slow down any time, we’re cramming as many houses as we can into this tiny country. But, if your home is a little lacking in the floor space department. It’s still possible to make it seem bigger by using some clever interior design tricks. Belgravia estate agent Best Gapp says, “You can make even the smallest room look bigger than it really is just by understanding how to use light, colour and space.”
Neutral tones, whites and pale yellows can all create a sense of space because they naturally reflect light. You can make the effect even stronger by using the same colour on your windows and skirting boards, and always keeping your ceiling white. Andrew Reeves says that it’s possible to make neutrals look fun and interesting- Neutral tones don’t have to be boring and you can always add a splash of colour with some carefully chosen accessories, but if it’s space you’re looking for then dark reds and blues are probably not going to be very helpful.
When it comes to small spaces, mirrors are your friends. Not only does reflective glass create an illusion of space, it also helps light bounce around the room- perfect if you’ve got small windows and barely enough room to swing the proverbial cat.
Creating a sense of uniformity throughout the home can also help it seem more spacious. If your carpets and walls are different colours in every room it can feel disjointed and cramped, so try to keep your flooring the same and keep walls a similar tone to create a sense of airiness and light.
Clutter is notoriously bad for making rooms feel small and cramped- in fact even the largest of homes can feel claustrophobic if there’s too much stuff everywhere. If you can invest in some good storage cupboards they will prove to be a huge help when it comes to banishing the clutter- you’ll be amazed how much clearer, cleaner and more spacious your home feels when everything is put away. Proskips explains- This doesn’t mean your home has to look like a chemical laboratory- you can still accessorise with fun pieces and make good use of soft furnishings. Lots of people like bookcases and they tend to give a cosy, lived in look to any home that reflects the inhabitants’ personalities. Just make sure they’re neat and tidy and avoid an overflow of books and boxes on top.