When it comes time to buy a new home, you will probably look for the largest home that you can afford. The more space that you have, the less crowded your home feels. You, your spouse, your kids and even your parents can spread out and still feel like they are home alone. Smaller homes have some nice benefits though. These homes cost less to heat and cool, have lower property taxes and are easier to maintain. If you live in a smaller home, you can use some simple tips to make it feel larger.
Create an Open Layout
If you live in a smaller home, you might have the option of removing a few walls to create a more open layout and floor plan. Instead of moving from a small living room to a tiny dining room and an even smaller kitchen, you can remove the walls and have one large room that you can use for eating, cooking, relaxing and entertaining. It’s important that you meet with architects and interior designers before knocking down walls though. They can help you decide which walls to knock down and identify any load bearing walls in your home.
Change the Wall Color
While choosing darker paint colors can help you make a dramatic impression, those colors also make the walls look closer together and can make even a spacious room feel tiny. The best paint colors are those that are lighter and brighter. You want shades like robin’s egg blue, smoky gray, lemon yellow or tan. Using the same colors or colors in the same family can create a more pulled together look too. This tricks the eye and makes it seem like you’re in the same room as you travel through the house.
Use Metal and Glass
Using metal and glass accents can make your home feel larger too because these materials are reflective. This causes the natural light that enters the room to bounce off of and reflect around those surfaces to make the room feel much larger. You can choose stainless-steel appliances for your kitchen, install a glass chandelier over your dining room table and hang mirrors as decorative accents around your living room or bedroom. Glass furniture works well too. Making even a few simple changes can make even the tiniest of homes feel larger and more spacious.