How to Make Your Home Look Bigger

Is it all smoke and mirrors?
Partly, for many of us, having an impressive, commodious home is not the norm, however, here are a few tips on how to maximise your space, bring in more light, using your own décor and the best use of space for your furniture. All this can be achieved using the same footprint but will make your home look bigger than it actually is.
Is it all smoke and mirrors?
Partly, for many of us, having an impressive, commodious home is not the norm, however, here are a few tips on how to maximise your space, bring in more light, using your own décor and the best use of space for your furniture. All this can be achieved using the same footprint but will make your home look bigger than it actually is.

Mirror
Placed either side of a fireplace in alcoves, can substantially enhance the feeling of space. A strategically placed mirror facing a window is another way to help reflect the light and double your space. Replace wardrobe doors in bedrooms with mirrored doors this will save having to have another mirror plus it will increase light and space. Placed at the end of a hallway or at the top of the stairs will give a much more spacious feel. Used in a small cloakroom will allow the space to feel more expansive. Ensure the door is without any mirror, as this could confuse guests as to where the actual exit is. At the far end of the garden, arrange a mirror slightly covered by branches or leaves, this will not only add space but create an enchanting, whimsical illusion. Mirror can be used for the same purpose on furniture, and it's easy to pick up mirrored; console tables, dressing tables, bedside tables and more.

Glass
Glass Furniture is another great way to give the illusion of more space than there actually is. Think glass dining or coffee tables. The transparency won't block the view behind and therefore create a more visual empty space. Glass also looks spectacular as an interior wall. Replace a stud wall with a glass wall to really open a space. If replacing an entire wall is too much, just remove part of the wall and replace with glass.

Flooring
Add the illusion of more light and space to any room by using glossy flooring, large light-coloured tiles with a high gloss are great for kitchens and bathrooms. Choosing the same colour tiles for your kitchen as your patio will give an impression of a continuous space.

Doors
Exchange your old french doors to the garden for new bifold doors. This allows the whole room to open up and really let the outside in. Swop wood doors for glass, enabling the view beyond to be seen, tricking the eye into thinking there's a lot more space. Substitute plain doors for pocket doors which slid open across the wall.

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