A guest post by Naomi Shaw edited by Deb Villeneuve
More space. It’s something that just about everyone could use a little more of in their house. If you’d love to have a bigger home but moving is out of the question, here are some solutions for creating depth in your home. Whether you own a home or you’re just renting, there are plenty of things you can do to either expand your home or at least give the feeling of more space.
Creating More Space In Your Home
Remodel: The obvious solution, of course, is to physically add on more space with a complete home makeover. There are a number of ways that you can expand your home, and while a home remodeling project may see a little too expensive bear in mind that additions can increase the value of your home which would come in handy if you ever sell your home or decide to rent out a room.A remodeling project doesn’t need to be some huge, extensive project where you add on new rooms. Open floor plans are perfect for creating the feeling of more space. Just by taking out a wall or two– maybe combining the kitchen, dining room, and living room into one open space separated by a bar with stool seating at the kitchen or, if you have a two story house, taking out a wall so that you can have an open staircase– you get the benefits of more space without having to add on extra square footage.
Declutter: You might find that the source of your problem might just be too much stuff. It’s easy to accumulate some extra stuff here and there without really realizing it until one day it feels like your home is a lot smaller than it was before. Better organization, investing in a storage unit (or putting in a small storage shed in the back), or just a good old fashioned yard sale or a donation drop off at Goodwill might be all you need to declutter your home and reclaim your space.If you’re looking for some storage and organization inspiration, Pinterest and Dwellinggawker always have a lot of great visual inspiration for home improvement projects, including a lot of organization tips that go beyond putting things in those ugly plastic bins and storing them in the closet. If you want to get crafty with it, you can find step-by-step instructions for building shelves and other storage compartments– projects you can complete in a weekend– that will look great in your home.
Accessorize: Decluttering is one route to more space, or you can accent your home with a few depth-creating accessories. Things like wall hanging waterfalls, mirrors, and certain types of rugs can give the sensation of openness and depth that wasn’t there before.Even something as simple as painting over the walls or putting in new, bigger windows can give you the feeling of more space, and can be a good solution if you can afford a full fledged remodeling project. If you do decide to paint, stick to a simple color palette that’s bright, clean, and modern for a feeling of open airiness in your home. Natural lighting can also help make your home feel more open, which is why better windows or even a skylight could make a huge difference.
Naomi Shaw is a journalist who lives in California. She has been in the home decor and remodel industry for quite some time and loves sharing her input. In her free time she loves to travel with her husband and kids to new places to get inspired.