As you settle into your new apartment and feeling good about being on your own, you come to realize something. “My apartment isn’t very big.” While you’re quite happy with your new space and how cozy it is, you can’t help but wish you had a little more room to squeeze out of the place.
We get that.
While we can’t wave a magic wand and increase the room size a la Harry Potter, we can offer a different form of magic to help. The magic of creativity and perhaps even illusion.
Here are 6 ways to make your apartment feel bigger.
1. Use Mirrors
This one is a bit of an old trick. If you hang some mirrors in your home, it’ll give the illusion of your space feeling larger. Why? Mirrors trick your eyes into thinking they’re looking at a larger space with reflection.
2. But It’s My Apartment and My Stuff! Don’t Clutter
If you’re fond of knick knacks, this one may be hard.
In a small space, less is more. If you have clutter, the reverse effect will happen: you’ll feel like your apartment is small and cramped. You’ll have to do away with knick knacks. Even your prized collection of knick knacks. Shot glasses, snow globes, figurines, any and all of them.
We know what you’re thinking, “But it’s my apartment and my stuff! They have to be on display!” You’ll thank us in the long run.
3. Consider Transparent Furniture
This one sounds weird but stay with us.
This falls under the illusion category along with mirrors. Using furniture that’s transparent – like a transparent table and chairs – will help your space appear larger. Why? because it’ll look like nothing is there at all! It’s actually a very neat trick and if you’re a minimalist, it’ll fit right in with your style.
4. Use Lighting and Colors
Another sort of magical effect is lighting. If you light up your space, it’ll give your home a feeling of spaciousness and airiness. Use colors in your home, too. White helps with the airy effect and colors will pop against the white. This will add bright and cheery flair to your apartment.
5. Make Use of Your Walls
This is one I make use of in my apartment. Take a step back and look at your walls. What do you see? If you’re like us, you’ll notice that there’s plenty of storage space opportunities! This is where you can get creative and store things on your walls like your jewelry or your shoe rack, freeing up valuable floor space.
6. Use Curtains
Rather than use doors for cupboard and closet space, consider taking them down and using curtains instead. This will make your apartment feel more open and less closed-off, giving your apartment a whimsical flair.
But don’t stop with the doors.
Consider hanging curtains from the ceiling rather than right in front of your window. It’ll make your ceilings feel taller. You can add to the airiness by using a rod and shower curtain as a room divider, too.
Share With Us
What did you do to help make your apartment feel bigger? Have you used any of these tricks? Do you have a great trick not listed here? Comment and share with us!