Not everyone can afford to buy a mansion or a vast studio apartment. Most people, unfortunately, have to make do with much more meager living spaces. After some years of filling the space with your belongings, it can begin to make you feel claustrophobic. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to make your small home feel much bigger than it actually is. Below are four.
Bring in the Light
One thing that can certainly make a room feel much larger is opening it up to the outdoors. This has a psychological effect. Being able to see your surroundings can help to relax your mind and make you feel more at ease. The same thing can be said for natural light. Only exposing yourself to artificial light is bad both for your physical health and mental health. Consider installing some new windows if you don’t have enough in your small home.
Something else that can certainly make a home feel smaller than it should is a lot of clutter. If you have more possessions than you know what to do with, begin to get rid of the things you don’t need. If you want to keep that stuff, send it to a storage locker. If you don’t need to keep it at all, sell it in a garage sale and make a profit. You can also donate it to charity. If it’s not good enough for charity, there is always the trash.
Complete a Kitchen Renovation
According to many, the kitchen is the most important room in a house. This, of course, is due to how important cooking and eating are to human civilization and socialization. If you want to make your home feel bigger, strategically updating your kitchen can do just that. A lot of older designs for kitchens are inefficient and waste a lot of space. Installing granite slab countertops, for example, could make the room seem more open and give you more utility if you make sure the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling and are flush with the wall. You’ll be surprised how many older homes have a lot of wasted kitchen space that’s actually usable.
Repaint Your Walls
Another step you could take is to give your walls a new paint job. Dark colors can make a room feel small and depressing. Brighter colors, on the other hand, can do just the opposite and make a room feel cheery and more open due to the fact they better reflect light.
Overall, a room feeling cramped is more about psychology than the space itself. If you take the right steps, including the ones listed above, you can help make your home feel much more spacious. You’ll enjoy living in it again.