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Expand your room with 5 simple things

Are you feeling cramped in your own space?

Are you wishing there was a simple way to make rooms appear bigger without breaking the bank?


Well now you can, with these 5 simple things!




Mirrors


Heard this one before? We're not surprised!


Mirrors are a great way to help give the illusion of a larger space. Helping to reflect natural light, preferably place your chosen mirror opposite a window where it is most likely to help shine the sun all the way around your room! And when it comes to size, the bigger the better!


Mirrors also help to create this illusion due to tricking the mind into thinking there is a more space behind it. I must admit there have been times where I've had to double take a wall length mirror thinking it lead to another space entirely!




Clear the clutter


Perhaps the most simple and cost-effective way to make your home feel bigger - clear that clutter!


We know it can be difficult to say goodbye to things, even if you don't have a use for them anymore, but trust us, your guests and your own peace of mind will thank you for it. Even better, instead of spending money, you could actually be saving money - why not host a car-boot sale and sell some things off? That way, not only will you have a clean home, but either some extra cash or money to spend on the really lovely homely things you love!


You could use the rule "if you haven't used it in a year", but why wait a year? If you know you no longer have a use for something, give it to someone who might. Or, if you really can't part with it, get some sensible and subtle storage solutions to stop that clutter stealing away your peace when you come home.


Without all those things on the floor, you'd be amazed at how much bigger your space can look when those unnecessary bits are out of the way!



Choose your colours carefully


This one can depend on your own independent taste, but at Hubbard Interiors, we love a bright and airy vibe to the home!


Now don't get us wrong, we love a good feature piece that brings in some contrast when it comes to colour, but if you're someone with a budget that won't stretch and a small space, we've found the best way to help a room feel bigger is a neutral palette.


This can also be pretty cost effective, especially when compared with an expensive extension. So what are you waiting for? Go out and grab yourself a pot of white or neutral paints and get going on your path to a larger room!


TIP: Using a whiter coloured paint helps to reflect natural light, helping it to appear larger as the walls become less noticeable, blending in with the flooding in of light from the outside.




Create a flow to your space


Giving your space a sense of organisation will always do more good than you think when it comes to making a room feel more spacious...not necessarily physically, but emotionally!


A room with a good flow should provide 3 things:

  1. Ease of access

  2. Function and purpose

  3. Positive emotion

Providing a room with a good flow gives every object within that room a purpose. If people feel they can easily have their needs met and move around spaciously when in that room, this allows that room to feel larger and more spacious.


Positive emotions such as feeling satisfied and calm, are two emotions that can be met by simply reorganising your furniture in a symmetrical fashion. This can also steer away feelings of being closed in and claustrophobic, playing on the mind giving off an illusion of a large space.




Let the light in


You've probably noticed a pattern here - let that light in!


Whether you've got a large budget or a smaller one... utilise that space! If you are lucky enough to have large budget, we'd recommend placing some more windows about the home to let that light sink in whatever time of day. The larger the better! Just make sure they are well insulated and match the rest of your decor about the home.


If you're on a smaller budget, make the best use of the windows you do have. Avoid covering them up and perhaps make them a feature in your home by moving furniture around them. Avoid large drape curtains that touch the floor, as this can make the room feel smaller and make the ceiling look closer to the floor. Perhaps opt for a lighter curtain fabric, one that is cut to go just below the window.



We hope this blog has bought a little bit of light into your life and you can see the end of the tunnel when it comes to reimagining what feels like a dark, small space! If you have any questions, don't be afraid to get in touch in our 'Contact Us' section of our website.


Have a lovely day!

Helena x







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