The longer you live in a home, the more possessions you acquire, say nothing of how your family itself may have grown through the years. Whether you live in a small place, to begin with, or a larger one that somehow seems “more full” than it did once upon a time, there are ways to open up those cramped rooms. These options do not require actually having to expand the walls, and many can be accomplished without spending a fortune in the process.
Dark flooring, walls, and paneling can give a room a cozy appearance that feels great on a chilly winter’s evening but creates a claustrophobic atmosphere the rest of the time. Consider taking advantage of our Accent Wall package by adding a decorative accent wall using reclaimed wood, similar to the one shown in the image below, or painting one wall in a cooling shade of blue or green, or simply changing out curtains, fabrics, and a piece or two of furnishing for ones with lighter tones.
Mirrors are an excellent way to create a comfortable illusion of added space, particularly if your room’s configuration allows for mirrors that can face each other from opposite walls. In tiny kitchens, reflective surfaces such as stainless steel appliances serve the same purpose.
Too many decorative elements “shrink” a room, as well. As an experiment, remove a third of the knick-knacks that occupy shelf and table space to see how much of a difference their absence makes, and whether you can—or you want to—live with the difference. Inspect your furnishings, as well. Is there a chair that remains unoccupied most of the time, or an end table or lamp that don’t really need to be there? Or you can always trade these out for taller, narrowing furnishings which tend to give the illusion of added volume.
If the budget allows, there are other options. Could small paneled windows be traded out for a larger single pane which will bring more light into the space? How about installing a bay window to add square footage to a room? Could shelving be narrowed or recessed without taking space away from adjoining areas? Can you “go more vertical,” installing double-height cabinetry, which allows for more display areas without sacrificing already-limited space?
These are some of the more straightforward options for “expanding” a room. Your local Handyman Matters office can assist you with any of these types of alterations. Or, if you have bigger ideas in mind for enlarging your living space (like, combining two smaller rooms into a larger one) they are happy—and qualified—to help you with those options, as well.