7 Ways to Make Your Home Seem Larger
How do you make your home seem larger? As a general rule of thumb, the larger the home, the larger the price tag. For those of you looking to sell your house or perhaps just want to enhance the appearance of space in your household, below are some tips to make your home seem bigger than it is.
Tip #1: Get Rid of All The Clutter
Clutter is claustrophobic and can take up significant space. Removing a lot of clutter can be the most impactful thing you can do to make your home seem larger. Get rid of items that you don’t need from surfaces, particularly in the kitchen and living areas, and keep everything else tidy. Keep bookshelves orderly, not crammed with books, picture frames, and ornaments.
Tip #2: Give the Walls a Makeover
Painting your walls a light, neutral color works wonders when it comes to making your home seem larger. White, beige, grey, and similar tones of neutral colors can make your home feel airy and spacious. It also makes all of your decor look much more harmonious.
Tip #3: Move Some Things Into Storage
If your home is currently on the market and you feel like you don’t have enough room in your house to keep all of your belongings, consider transferring some of them to an off-site storage. Remember, if your house looks like it isn’t spacious enough to you, it will certainly give the same impression to potential buyers. For a less costly alternative, think about having a yard sale or donating some of your possessions to a local charity!
Tip #4: Rearrange Your Furniture
If it’s a challenge to walk comfortably around your home, you have a problem on your hands. Having enough furniture is good thing, having too much is not. First move around your furniture, allowing for paths through your rooms. If you have couches or chairs blocking a walkway, door, or if it’s simply too crowded to sit easily, you should probably remove some of them. If you’re planning on moving, place excess furniture in storage until you do.
Tip #5: Add Mirrors and Remove Drapes
Mirrors give the illusion of space, so adding them helps create depth in your home, no matter how small it may be. Strategically add mirrors in places that reflect a larger area, or maybe a simple, clean area that would look twice as great. Removing elaborate window treatments can also help any room seem larger. The same principal behind decluttering applies: less is more!
Tip #6: Organize Your Garage
Whether your home is listed for sale or not, having an orderly garage can make a huge difference in your life. Potential buyers need to make sure that they can fit one car, or two, in your garage and still have room to store some of their things. Take the time to clean out the garage, donating what you no longer need, or selling it in a garage sale. Make sure you carefully organize the items you have left.
Tip #7: Tidy Up Your Closets
Again, it’s always a good idea to have organized closets, regardless if buyers will see them or not. If potential buyers are touring your home, however, it’s especially important that your closets are immaculate. Everyone wants a big closet, but unfortunately the more stuff you fill them with, the smaller they appear. Clean out your closets, removing any clothing that you haven’t worn in the last few years, in addition to shoes, handbags, and accessories. It’s crazy how many things can pile up throughout the years in such a small space!
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