Preparing to host an open home to sell? Make sure you optimise the space you have!
The eye can often play tricks on us, but we can use this to our advantage! Spaciousness is all about perception, and with these decorating tips and tricks, you can visually elongate or enlarge a room. Whether you’re living in a house or renting a unit or apartment, these easy solutions will help your space look more inviting, clean and refreshed. If you are hosting an open home, use these fool-proof tips to make each room count and avoid an over-crowded looking room!
- Cut the curtains
Any room feels bigger when it is receiving a good amount of light and doesn’t have any chunky, thick curtains to make the room feel enclosed. Good lighting creates contrast, which creates depth and the illusion of a larger space. Our tip is to let in as much sunshine as possible, or replace the curtains with a light, sheer fabric that hang from the ceiling to the floor. That way, ceilings will also instantly look higher. These small additions can make a big difference.
- Furniture – less of it and exposed legs!
When selecting furniture, don’t go for the 4 accent chairs. It’s better to have 1 large couch and 1 accent chair. The more furniture you try to squeeze into a single room, the more cramped it’s going to feel.
Moreover, opt for larger statement furniture with exposed legs to create the illusion of height. Often, couches, chairs and beds with skirts can feel boxy but by exposing the legs, it can draw your guests’ eyes upwards.
- The Power of Reflection
Placing a large mirror on dark walls that aren’t exposed to much light will allow light to bounce from the windows and open up a space. The best part? Mirrors are cheap and even the most affordable one will do the trick.
- Store away or Get rid of it!
We cannot stress the importance of decluttering! Every 6 months or so, try to get into the habit of clearing out areas that feel too “full” and getting rid of items that are no longer useful.
If you’re not one to get into the habit of decluttering and like to keep items for an extended period, opt for furniture with storage to allow for more room in your space and easy storage of items.
- Use lighter hues and neutral colours
Dark, warm colours can have a constricting effect on a room, where as light, neutral, cool tones create spacious, airy environments. Unified colours can trick the eye into visually expanding a small room as the colours will blend in together.
Let us know of any tricks you use for making your rooms feel bigger! These are our favourite, and most effective tips of allowing your open home to be presented in the best possible light.