Cathedral ceilings and floor length windows fill your dreams, but your reality is a tiny little flat where the walls close in around you. Grab your penny jar, because for well under $50, you can make your space feel bigger with these tips from PennySaver USA. A little paint, a mirror and an afternoon spent de-cluttering are just what your space needs to feel bigger.
The right color scheme can be life changing. House Beautiful suggests painting everything in the room from the molding to the walls and the window sills the same shade of deft blue. The unification blurs the boundaries of the space and makes it feel bigger. If blue is not your thing, pick a light color. White can be mixed with your favorite undertones of green or blue, or you can just pick pure white for a light and airy effect. Because white will reflect the light in your place, it will make your rooms feel bigger.
The perfect way to reflect light and virtually enlarge any spaces, mirrors should not be overlooked. New, a mirror can cost a lot of money, but a trip to the thrift store or a bit of crafting means that you can have a mirror without sacrificing your budget. Home Depot offers workshops for women, and one of their most popular classes has been the Tile Mirror workshop, which teaches how to convert a plain mirror into a framed tile mirror. Alternatively, you can frame your mirror with a repurposed window frame or a funky used picture frame.
Clearing clutter will make your house feel bigger, but according to WebMD, it will also have positive effects on your mental health. To reduce your junk, make three piles: one destined for the thrift store, one for trash, and one for things that just need to be put away in another room. If you have trouble getting rid of stuff, revisit this strategy every month or two. It’s usually easier to get rid of things when you’ve deliberated over it for several months. If you are really on the fence about an item, pop it into storage. If you don’t use it within the next 12 months, dump it.
Find a New Space
Rather than making big changes to your current space, simply look for a new one. Sites like ForRent.com let you search by location and size. When you finally tour the apartment, look for lots of natural light, light-colored walls and high ceilings. All of those features will make you feel like you are in a big space.
Ironically, according to Lowe’s, big objects can make your room feel bigger. Rather than cluttering up the walls with lots of little pictures, invest in a large print, a mirror, or a cool piece of big art. If art is out of your budget, consider some wall decals. They are the perfect way to fill up space without spending too much cash. Replace small throw rugs with a big area rug, and instead of end tables, give your room a focus and some extra light with a giant glass coffee table.