There’s a simple fact about home design in that you can only do so much with the space allotted. This means you’re probably not going to feasibly fit a hot tub, shower, and luxury his and her vanity in a 15 sq. foot bathroom.
Floating vanities are a great way to make a bathroom look bigger
That being said, there are tips to make your space look bigger – aka getting the most out of the square footage you do have. Design is all about perception and if you’re creative with lighting, décor, and layout you can make your space not only look, but also feel bigger.
It’s All About the Room
When you look for tips to make your room look bigger a lot of the ideas have to do with what type of room it is. For example, you have more leeway in a bedroom where a bed is really the only necessity compared to a kitchen where you NEED a stove, sink, refrigerator, countertops, etc.
Therefore it’s always a good idea when you’re first planning a layout to compromise space only in the rooms where it’s allowable. A few extra feet in the kitchen go a long way compared to in a dining room. This design allowance can be done not only in new construction, but with remodels as well. Knocking down walls and opening up a kitchen/dining room open concept gives you tons more versatility than before. Even framing in a pantry to free up kitchen storage is actually addition by subtraction of square footage.
Tactics To Use No Matter The Living Room, Bathroom, Kitchen, Etc.
Depending on the layout of your home, sometimes your hands are tied with how much space you can actually create. This is especially true if you’re renting. Here are a few tips that can be followed throughout the entire home:
Use light color. Light colors absorb light which makes the room seem bigger and brighter.
Decorate with mirrors. Once again, reflect the light to make the space to look bigger.
Use higher furniture. Sofas and chairs up on legs create not only the allure of height and space, they also give you ‘free’ room for storage.
Create a foot path. Furniture and tables that are in the way of natural room traffic add to the cramped feel of the area.
Go for larger furniture. It might sound like an oxymoron to use large furniture to create space but a few decent sized items actually calm an area more than an overcrowding of small items.
Create the unknown. An item such as sheer blinds lets light in, but also creates the allure that there’s something beyond.
Use up the whole wall. Once again it doesn’t seem like good advice to take up as much space as possible but a full length countertop in a kitchen for example makes it look like a much longer room.
Use empty space to your advantage. Don’t fill up an entire bookcase and don’t clutter your wall with dozens of pieces of art. Subtlety creates the look of space.
One of the biggest things you can do for tips to make your space look bigger is to simply declutter. Not only will this do more with the room, it has positive mental health benefits as well. Aside from that, contact us for either renovations or design tips that will make the most out of your space. The right kind of décor on a ceiling can seemingly create 20 square foot out of 2.