A lack of space preventing you from swinging your cat? Elbows struggling for room? Shoulders rubbing uncomfortably? High density houses have become the new norm, especially in the big cities, and domestic real estate has suffered. As the population expands and greedy landlords do their best to squeeze us further, savvy homeowners and renters alike are looking for ways to maximise space in their properties.
With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with KPD Construction, a recognised London renovations expert, to bring you these 7 smart ways to create a sense of space and natural light at home.
Reach Up Or Dig Down
Well, you can start of by actually adding space. Converting your loft into a bedroom or creating a basement down below is the perfect solution to that lack of wiggle room within the home. A bedroom at the top of the house complete with stunning skylights sounds like a dream to us; channeling those penthouse vibes but in a less ostentatious way.
Alternatively, you could investigate the potential of digging down and fashioning a below ground level space. Check out our tips on brightening up a basement flat over here.
Opt For Open Floor Plans
Open floor plans not only create a sense of flow and connectivity between different areas of your home but also allow natural light to penetrate further into your living space. Consider removing non-load-bearing walls or replacing them with glass partitions to create a more open and spacious feel. Additionally, try to keep furniture arrangements minimal and avoid blocking windows or doorways.
If your place has mess and commotion at every corner, then your house is going to feel small. Claustrophobic even. Fortunately, it’s not an issue too difficult to remedy. To achieve a sense of space in your home, you first need to think smart about finding the right storage solutions.
Sometimes, this is unearthed in places you can’t see with the naked eye, such as under the bed storage or via seats with hidden storage. Indeed, there’s even lots of hidden potential for storage in other items of your furniture – think a hollow, Ottoman foot stool or a sofa with attached drawers beneath.
Maximise Window Space
The more natural light you can bring into your home, the more spacious it will feel. Make sure your window treatments don’t block sunlight and consider replacing heavy drapes with light, sheer curtains or blinds that can be easily adjusted to control light levels. If possible, consider enlarging existing windows or adding skylights to increase the amount of natural light entering your home.
Rethink Your Furniture
Speaking of furniture, it’s the thing in your home that eats up the majority of floor based real estate, and as such, its positioning needs to be carefully thought out. There are lots of apartment-sized pieces out there specifically and intelligently designed for small-space dwellers.
Built-in-furniture is particularly good for creating room in tight spaces. It’s also wise to consider the flow of the room, ensuring that no furniture or fixtures obstruct your natural movement through the house. This will naturally open up the maximum amount of space within it.
Light & Mirrors
Lighting can establish the mood of any room, and a simple change in its composition can transform the entire appearance of it. For instance, if you have many north facing rooms which do not catch a lot of sunlight in the morning, you should invest in artificial lighting that can naturally combine with the sun’s light to add brightness to your room.
You should also consider using mood lighting, such as lamps or a light dimmer, to adjust the lighting in your room for any occasion. More alternative ways to add light to a room include installing mirrors to reflect the light, which guarantees an enhanced sense of space, and adding more windows into your rooms, although this of course, is a larger undertaking.
A Lick Of Paint
A lick of paint can instantly brighten the look of any room and add an extra sense of space. Paint can chip and wear incredibly easily, making rooms look old and in need of redecoration, and this sense of being worn and tired only creates the illusion of something claustrophobic. On the flipside, new paint can help to make them look brand new and larger again, especially if you opt for bright or neutral colours to lighten the room and create a peaceful atmosphere.