In these times of high cost living and small pay work, a lot of us cannot afford the spacious room that we want and deserve. With the population of cities increasing, space is increasingly becoming a premium commodity. And many of us, for whatever reason, can’t afford – or it isn’t practical – to move to a bigger version of that place we call home.
But there are some great ways to make the small home you live in now feel a lot bigger. So here are ten ideas on how to make your small apartment not feel so small.
Less Stuff, More Space
We all acquire clutter. It’s one of those facts of life – like death and taxes – that is quite simply inevitable. Invariably, you will own a lot more things than you need and that’s a good thing, we all need a bit of stuff, it’s part of who we are. The problem is when we own more stuff than we want.
Go through your home, room by room, and get rid of all the bits and pieces that don’t have a use or purpose or any value to you. It’s amazing how much space this will save you!
White is Light
But it doesn’t have to just be white. Light colors will open up any room and make it feel like you have a lot more space. You can soften it up so it doesn’t feel too clinical with contrasting colored throws, curtains, or soft furnishings. Get the paint out and breathe new life into your home!
Mirror Mirror on the Wall…
Buy mirrors! Mirrors are brilliant at giving the illusion of depth to a room where perhaps there wasn’t depth before. Get a couple, maybe in different shapes, and experiment with them in different positions. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the effect that these can bring to a room of any size. Give it a go!
Three is the Magic Number
Try to limit the color scheme of your room to no more than three colors. Anymore has the potential to stress out the cones in your eyes and make your brain feel a bit overworked.
If you can afford to invest in a storage system, then you have the ability to increase the capacity of your room. If you don’t have the money, then get creative and save that space!
Light Up Your Corners…
The corners of your rooms are where the shadows pool and this can give the feeling of the walls being closer than they are or should be. You can solve this very simply by lighting them up. Floor lights, or lamps that angle upwards are ideal for this.
Don’t Overcrowd Your Walls
We all like pictures, posters, photos, and prints, but be careful not to over-clutter your wall space. Mix up the heights and sizes of whatever you like to hang on your walls so that your eye doesn’t sweep along the length of the room in one go.
Give everything you own a home! Not only will this stop you from losing your stuff, but it will keep your rooms looking trim and spacious too!
Tidy Away Those Wires
Wires are everywhere; computers, televisions, stereos, hairdryers, lamps, and the rest of modernity. All of it tied to your walls by thin plastic wires. So keep these wires tidied up and tucked away. You’ll be surprised at how much cleaner your lines look and by extension how much roomier your space is.
So, there we go… Hopefully the above has shown you that with the right combination of smart thinking and practicality, you will be able to make your apartment feel a bit more spacious and roomy.