5 Easy Ways to Add Space to Your Home

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Having enough living space is a priority for everyone, but according to the Royal Institute of British Architects, the UK has the smallest homes in Europe - and houses are reportedly getting smaller. The property market is experiencing its biggest boom in three years, but if you're struggling for space, moving isn't the only solution - here are a 5 simple tips to help make your home feel larger.

1. Wash the windows. Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs recommends keeping your windows sparkling clean as a simple cheat for brightening up rooms and giving the illusion of more space.

2. De-clutter. You’d be surprised by how much larger a room can look once all the clutter is removed. Take a day and audit your possessions, bearing in mind the famous William Morris quote: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

3. Add storage. Being clever with storage means that you don’t have to get rid of the items you really can’t bear to part with, or items that are useful but have no place: for example, sellotape. Try shopping for multi-functional furniture that offers hidden storage - like hollow end tables that double up as storage baskets or coffee tables with drawers.

4. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint. As well as changing the tone of the room, colours can also make a room look larger or smaller. Dark colours like deep red, purple and navy make a room look smaller, while pale colours like white, beige, or muted pastels make a room look larger. Keep your ceilings white to make them appear higher.

5. Change the layout. Any fan of Location, Location, Location will remember Kirstie Allsopp frequently advising potential homeowners to knock through walls to improve the space. Getting rid of walls can certainly make a home feel more spacious, but before you bring out the sledgehammer, make sure you get expert advice to find out if it is a load-bearing wall and what reinforcement is needed.

Remember that some alterations can affect your home insurance premium so be sure to keep your insurer updated with any changes.

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