Square footage is a hot commodity but, depending on where you live, it’s not always feasible to get the mansion your heart might desire. The thing is that there is often more than meets the eye when you walk into someone’s house and are impressed with how much space they have. It might be more of an illusion! Some people are highly skilled at making their homes look more spacious than they are. If you’re not one of those fortunate few, we can help. Read on for five remodeling tips for a more spacious feel.
- Use Light and Mirrors
No, not smoke and mirrors, although we are essentially achieving the same thing. There’s nothing more effective at creating the illusion of space than windows that allow in a lot of natural light. While curtains and valances might be a lovely addition to some rooms, it’s best to allow living areas to let in the sun. It not only creates the idea of space but it’s good for uplifting moods. And never underestimate the power of a well-placed mirror (or mirrors), especially in a small room. A large one in a small dining room will nearly double the effect. Plus, people can see if they get food in their teeth over dinner. Hey, it’s good to be practical, too.
- Create or Maximize on Indoor/Outdoor Access
Of course, not everyone lives in an area where things like French doors can be open all year round, but you can enjoy it while you can. A nice backyard and/or patio can seemingly increase the square footage of your home. You can do this by creating another living area outside for the days and nights when al fresco dining can be enjoyed. Put down an outdoor carpet, a dining room table with chairs or benches, a fire pit, and maybe even a hammock for good measure. On nice nights, guests will only have to venture inside for bathroom breaks! You’ll of course want to make sure your garden and other landscaping are in tip-top shape if you plan to entertain outside.
The masterminds behind WeBuyHousesDenver.co take advantage of the Mile-High City’s surprisingly moderate temperatures by always ensuring that there is an area outside the houses they sell for outdoor entertaining. It’s easy to see that potential buyers envision themselves taking advantage of these spots, and you can see them smile at the prospect.
- Divide Your Walls with Some Help
This is a true optical illusion but, hey, we’re not above that. As this HGTV article notes, a chair rail, wainscoting, or molding that divides the top part of the wall from the bottom gives the idea of more space. “If the area below the line is darker in color than the area above, our eyes are led to believe the ceiling height is taller than it really is, which makes the whole space seem bigger,” the article notes. Mixing carpeting with hardwood is a similar technique in that the different textures in one room create the idea that the room is bigger than it is. And the greatest part about these techniques is that they are relatively cost effective.
- Raise the Roof (So to Speak)
This isn’t an easy fix, per se, but if you can change ceiling heights so that they vary from room to room, this is an excellent way to create the illusion of space. It’s also aesthetically pleasing, so it’s a win/win. Have some real fun with them by adding beams or other gradients.
- Make the Most of Storage
Nothing makes rooms seem smaller than clutter. If you’ve got a mud room filled with shoes or a family room strewn with books, these areas are going to seem messy in addition to appearing cramped. Have an expert come in or go to town as a DIYer in creating clever areas for storage, such as underneath stairs or by lofting beds, etc. If you’re already considering a kitchen remodel, you can try and create built-in storage areas for large appliances, (we’re talking to you, Kitchen-Aids!). That way, when these things aren’t being used, they can go in their hidden spots. This will make the kitchen look bigger, cleaner, and oh-so-chic.
No space? No problem. Follow these tips when you’re remodeling and your abode will become your seemingly spacious happy place.