Finding a home with a lot of space isn’t that easy these days, particularly if you live in a city. Space is at a premium, and just a few more square feet can end up costing a few thousand dollars. It’s not exaggerating to say that the lack of space in our accommodation can aggravate stress we are already feeling. No-one wants to feel closed-in all the time.
That lack of space is hard to overcome. Paying out extra for a larger apartment or house isn’t something that we can all do easily. And especially when it’s your first place, it can be hard to wait for a bargain to come along. So when you simply have to choose the less spacious area, it helps to have some decorative ideas to hand on how you can make it feel bigger and less cramped.
- Paint The Ceiling, But Not Just White
Painting the ceiling of your apartment in a brighter color will draw the eye upwards. This makes the space feel taller and gives you more of a sense of space. Anything that pulls the gaze up will have a similar effect. Wallpaper on the ceiling also works, as will placing shelving on the wall high up.
- Buy Glass (Or Glass Effect) Furniture
Unless you’re going down a really minimalist route, you can’t go unfurnished in your new place. However, one trick you can go with is freeing up visual space. If you have glass effect furniture, it doesn’t block out light in the same way as solid materials will. More light can move around the room, and you will feel less crammed in.
- Pick Blinds Instead Of Curtains
You may well notice when you open the curtains in the morning that everything suddenly feels more expansive. The basic fact is that by letting in more light, and extending what you can see, you have freed up visual space. Similar effects can be achieved by favoring blinds over curtains. Yes, you need to shut light out at times, but custom made blinds which fit the window do this without blocking everything off.
- Make Furniture Pull Double Duty
Multi-tasking is our way of freeing up time in a busy day. In a busy apartment or home, multi-purposing has the same effect. Except with space, obviously. A coffee table with shelves below it, freeing up storage, is beneficial. An ottoman which can be pressed into service as seating is good too. If it’s a studio apartment, a sofa bed is a good way forward.
- Less Is More
To be more accurate, fewer is more in this case. Instead of picking a few chairs and setting them out around the place, picking one sofa (and maybe a chair) will afford the same seating. Crucially, it won’t cut off as much space in the room, thus making it feel more open and airy.
When it comes to space, in an apartment or in a house, judgement is important. What it says on the floor plan is one thing. How it feels to live in is another, and matters more.