Open floors plans are in, and larger homes are generally more desirable than smaller homes. If neither of these describes your house, what are some ways that you can help your house appear larger to increase interest? Realty Times recently had an article on the subject.
Small homes do offer some advantages (such as lower utilities and maintenance), but these advantages quickly evaporate if the house feels cluttered and cramped. Here are a few tips to make your house look bigger while retaining the benefits of a small house (i.e., we’re not taking about major remodeling here).
- Mirrors can help reflect indoor and outdoor light, thus making a room appear larger than it is. Mirrors can be used throughout the house.
- Furniture should be “lean and sleek”, rather than “fat and overstuffed.” Bulky furniture will make a room seem too cramped.
- Curtain rods should be hung higher up, closing to the ceiling versus right above the window frame. This gives the appearance of a higher ceiling. Drapes should also not flow out into the room, as that will take up floor space.
- Built-in furniture such as bookcases and entertainment centers also clear up floor space and create the illusion of a larger space.
- Reduce clutter — either clean stuff up or throw it out, especially stuff you haven’t used in over a year!
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