Whether your family is growing, or you have simply never felt like you’ve had room to breathe in your home, space is essential to not just your practical needs in the home but the sense of comfort, too. Here, we’re going to look at not just the real ways to offer your home the room it needs, but also how to make it feel as roomy as it should.
Let there be light
First of all, let’s address whether you need more practical space, or you simply feel like the home is a little claustrophobic. Start by maximizing the sense of roominess by letting more light in the room. Changing your window treatments from curtains to blinds, adding accent lighting like a lamp, and using mirrors to reflect in the room can help uncover how much space it truly has. By banishing any dark corners and long shadows, you can see the room for how it really it. Darker colors on the wall tend to make a room feel smaller, too, so try brightening those up.
Organize and minimize
Minimalism is in, at the moment, and that’s for a good reason. Clutter is not good for the soul. Besides taking up space unnecessarily, it makes the home harder to clean, and tends to make the home less relaxing. Start by getting rid of what you can. Unless a knick-knack or piece of furniture has used or makes you feel genuine joy, it’s not contributing much. For the essential items, you can get rid, organize them instead. For instance, a DIY desk organizer can really help you clean up your workspace, so you don’t feel dread every time you look at it.
Open it up
Now, to get to the ways you can really open your home up. The most direct answer might be most cost-efficient. Reducing the amount of cabinetry or installing new counters in areas like the kitchen and bathroom can really help you give yourself more room to move around. Seeing how much room you can reasonably expect to add means getting in touch with a home remodeling company. Make sure that you understand your budget before you start brainstorming with them. What you can expect to change it tied up to how much you can afford.
Make your own
Perhaps you have room in your home that you’re simply not using to its greatest potential. One of the most common renovations is the loft conversion. If you have a spacious loft, you may even be able to do it yourself. Depending on the space and other issues (such as damp-proofing a basement) conversions can be a lot less expensive than an extension. You’re not just talking about adding a little more space to a room, either, but creating an entirely new room in the home, which can do wonders for its value, too.
Even if you have only a little space to begin with and no more to open up or extend into, there are ways to make the home feel a lot roomier. Hopefully, the tips above help you do just that.