When you first bought or began renting your home, you likely thought that this was all the space you’d need for your life and home activities. But as you became more comfortable with the space, you may have come to find that you’re a little too cramped feeling while enjoying certain rooms of your home. If this is you, you’re not alone.
Many people experience feelings of rooms in their home being too small for their needs. However, this feeling can often be attributed to the styling and decor of the home rather than the actual square footage. To help you make your “small” rooms feel bigger, here are three tips for expanding the look and feel of a room.
Knock Down A Wall
If you’ve measured and found that the room actually is too small, you may want to consider knocking down a wall to make the area larger. Home remodeling actually isn’t too big of a job for your average handyman to do with just a small amount of training and a few hundred dollars.
For best results, try to find a wall in your home that isn’t load bearing. Attempting to knock down a load bearing wall that isn’t properly supported could prove disasterous. But if you’ve found a wall to your room that isn’t load bearing and could easily be demolished to create a larger space, there’s nothing stopping you from knocking down that wall to bring in more light and space to an area of your home.
Concentrate On Color
While knocking down a wall to get some more square footage to a certain room may sound ideal to you, this option isn’t available to everyone. You may find that your home has maxed out its use of space or that you simply aren’t up to the task of doing a small remodel. If that’s the case for you, consider repainting the walls of your room to a color that will appear to enlarge the room rather than shrink it.
According to Christine Pittel at House Beautiful, colors like dark blue, white, deep gray and taupe can make a space appear larger than it actually is. These colors help to create space and bring in light, resulting in a larger feeling room without actually adding any square footage.
Don’t Over Stuff It
The way you’ve designed or laid out the furniture in a room can also make a space either feel cramped and cluttered or open and spacious. Linda Erlam of SF Gate recommends a few options for a room to ensure you’re not over-filling it with unnecessary pieces of decor and furniture.
First off, Erlam suggests taking everything out of a room if you feel that the room is looking rather small. Once you’ve done this, add the larger pieces back in first until the room looks finished to you. Hopefully this doesn’t include putting all your items back in where they were before. The point of this exercise is to eliminate clutter like knick knacks, pictures, books, and small pieces of furniture that make a room look and feel smaller.
If the time ever comes that you feel your home is getting too stuffy and small, try implementing the tips mentioned above to bring in a whole new sense of light and space to your rooms.