Making Small Rooms Seem Big

By Will Keall
For the 60 percent of us who call a densely populated capital city home, it means living in an apartment or small house. Lack of space can certainly pose problems when it comes to cramming that six-seater couch into the living room; but it can also make your home harder to sell and reduce its overall value. 

Never fear, there are a few easy ways to make small spaces appear much bigger!

Bring in the light
Mirrors and other reflective surfaces help a room to appear larger than it is by bouncing light around the space. Windows have dual benefits of letting light in and making the room look larger, while mirrors give a visual illusion of extra length or width. 

Simple décor is the best match for a light and bright room, as a cluttered space will take away from the illusion of space. Minimal hangings around the windows in particular will help.

In addition, to give the illusion of more space, aim to have several lighting elements in your rooms. They draw the eye around, hence making the room appear more spacious. 

Choose the right colours
Dark-hued wallpaper or flooring can shrink a space drastically; a light paint job for all walls and ceilings will open up any room. Colour choices can make all the difference when it comes to making your home seem bigger, and hence more appealing to potential buyers.

However, don’t feel limited to white, as light greys, blues, yellows, beige or sand tones will all do the trick too. Add colour with furnishings and artwork.

Small spaces seem to accumulate clutter a great deal faster than larger ones, so it’s important to keep on top of accumulating junk. A room full of too many things can appear much smaller than it really is, so it pays to be brutal and cull anything unnecessary from your living spaces. 

Not many of us enjoy cleaning out closets, drawers or pantries, but it really it worth the increase in breathing room. 

Incorporate smart storage solutions
Built-in storage solutions are the way to go if you are looking to sell; however even if you aren’t going anywhere having clever storage will increase the amount of liveable space in your home. 

An idea to start with when approaching a storage issue in a smaller space is to first make use of storage spaces you already have; vertical space is often forgotten, as are cupboards under the stairs or space under the bed.

Installing moveable shelving is one of the cheaper ways to increase the amount of storage space in your home, and utilises often overlooked space above your head. 

Dividers instead of walls
Putting in extra walls to divide spaces is costly, takes time and can reduce the amount of light and space in your home. A divider can help create the illusion of more space; that way, you get the benefits of two different spaces without sacrificing vertical space or light.

Consider the floor
Dark carpet and narrow floorboards can shrink a space, as can a rug that is too close to the walls; these can all give the impression that the walls are ‘swallowing’ the floor. Try light coloured carpet and warmer tones of wood. 

If you are feeling brave with your design, painted white floorboards can be make a room appear much larger and lighter than it really is.

Will Keall, iMortgage’s general manager, has a wealth of marketing and business development experience gained in Australia and the United Kingdom. These include high level roles in a range of sectors such as financial services, insurance, travel and tourism, motoring and professional services.

Will played a pivotal role in the successful establishment of iMortgage. His dedication and passion for the mortgage industry have won Will the utmost respect as an integral part of the iMortgage brand.

A self confessed “numbers and brand geek”, Will calls himself a conservative investor with a long-term philosophy. He also believes it’s important to “love where you live.”

Will is a cricket and football tragic, who also enjoys running.