Small homes in Nanaimo mostly attract people in their youth, first-time homeowners, and retirees. Some of the advantages to a smaller home include often having a lower list price and requiring less maintenance.
To trick the eye, small homeowners may be looking for ways to make their homes look bigger than they are, especially if they are interested in selling their home. In this post, we look at different ways to make a small home seem bigger:
Use contrasts and light colours that make the home look bigger
You can make a small home look bigger using colour optical illusion. Light paint colours such as light grey, beiges, taupe’s, dusty blue make a small home look brighter and more open. Bright walls are more reflective, making your living space feel airy and open, which helps maximize natural light's effect. Darker shades tend to absorb light, making the home feel cramped and dark. Accent walls can give the impression of a bigger home while adding to the decorative space without being too overpowering.
Open up your living space with creative lighting.
Natural lighting plays a critical role in opening up a home's interior and making it look bigger. If you have access to natural lighting, that's great, but you can add some creative effects using lighting fixtures if you don't. Use sheer window coverings or pull them back completely to allow more light in. These small additions can make a huge difference to your living space, especially if you have large windows in your small home.
Cut the clutter
The minimalist lifestyle is gaining traction in Canada, whether as a personal preference or by unfortunate circumstance, more people are looking for tiny homes with a minimalist interior. Minimalism is all about streamlining your living space by limiting your material possession to what is essential and close to you, keeping the home organized and tidy. Remove large rugs to create the illusion of more floor space, and also don't cover your walls with a lot of pictures.
Create a focal point
Establish a focal point, one feature or area that will draw the attention of your visitors. It could be the massive 65" screen TV for the living area, or in the dining area, it could be the table. Make the focal point the main attraction of the room by arranging the furniture to draw the focus to that area. You could also minimize the amount of décor in the specific room.
Most people are sceptical about whether mirrors could make a small home look even more prominent. The answer is yes; mirrors open your living space and make it look bigger by using the focal point, angle the mirrors toward it to give the illusion of depth. Mirrors can reflect both artificial and natural lighting to make a small home brighter during the day and at night.
Get creative with the furniture.
Using the right furniture is key to making a room seem bigger than it looks. Consider purchasing multi-functional furniture like a sofa that can be changed to a bed or a bed with multiple storage drawers. Tall and bulky furniture can take up precious space, so keep that in mind when choosing a chair with open arms and exposed legs.
Scale your furniture to fit the size of your room. Larger pieces of furniture need to be against the walls, and there should be no furniture blocking pathways or the view into a room. When you place your furniture at an angle, it leads the eye along the longer wall making your small home look more prominent.
These staging tips really go a long way in making a small home feel and look bigger.
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