Your home has a lot to offer; it’s a warm, friendly and inviting space for you to enjoy, day in and day out. And yet, a lot of us look to make it feel bigger and more open, whether we’re living in a small flat or a comfy family home alike. Don’t worry, it’s a doable thing! There’s no need to do any major renovations like changing your windows and doors or spend loads of money.
There are quite a few things you can do to help your home both look and feel bigger, and one of the best ways to do so is to arrange the furniture you’re working with. And below, we’ve listed some of the best and most impactful ways to handle your home contents. Be sure to read through them if you’re in need of a little inspiration!
Prioritize the Room Function
One of the main things to do, when it comes to making some more space within your home (or just improving your perception of it!), is to prioritize the function of the room you’re in. Of course, interior design is 2 parts function and 2 parts aesthetic, but think – is that still working out for you, really? Or do you have a few more family members to contend with these days, or you’re just not cut out for ensuring your home always looks spick and span?
So, look around you – what is this room used for, and how do the people in your home use it on a daily basis? Consider the traffic flow in and out of the room. Think about where the focal point of the room is – for example, in the living room, it’s going to be the TV. And make sure you put the largest pieces of furniture first on the list; you’re going to need to create a flow around them, as they act as centrepieces.
Think About the Amount of Furniture You Own
Of course, instead of simply rearranging to make your room look bigger, you could actually think about the amount of furniture you have within your home, and the purpose it all serves. After all, does anyone really sit on that stool next to the TV unit in the living room? And does anyone actually sit at the breakfast bar in the kitchen, or do people prefer the table nearby, or to simply stand in the mornings? All in all, take a look around you and think about what you could do without.
And you don’t even need to do away with all that spare or excess furniture! You don’t have to throw it in the bin, or send it down to the charity shop – you can think about repurposing it, or you can simply store it elsewhere. After all, there’s quite a few mini storage units and facilities around the world, and there’s definitely going to be one in your local area, so make sure to get in touch with them.
While you’re at it, you may want to invest in a couple more wall-mounted mirrors. They really can do wonders for helping a space look and feel bigger, as long as you’re comfortable with catching sight of yourself every 5 minutes! Mirrors are best put to use within small rooms, like hallways or box rooms, and try to make sure they’re never directly facing a bed.
Think About Your Own Comfort
You also need to take your own comfort and use into consideration. Sure, that lamp on one side of the room feels good in terms of Feng Shui, but does it make sense? After all, you don’t want to be getting up off the sofa when it’s late in the evening and you’ve just got comfy, especially if it’s just to turn the light on!
So, pack things in a little more closely, and think of them as a unit. Don’t let them stray too far away from where the nerve center of the room is. All in all, this’ll help you to feel a lot more comfortable in your home, and also create a lot more space around what you use and how you use it. Think about the new design choices you could make now that you’ve got all that new space to work with!
So, how do you feel about the space within your home? Does it need to feel bigger? If so, you’ve got plenty of tips up your sleeve! Make sure to put tricks like these to good use within your home, as they can do a lot for even the smallest of abodes.