PROPERTY NEWS - Between the winter weather and the rising numbers of Covid-19 infections, it is likely that many homeowners will be spending much of their days confined within their living rooms over the next few months. Those with smaller spaces can easily start to feel cramped in by the four walls that surround them.
Luckily, there are a few interior design tips homeowners can try to trick the eye into believing that the room is bigger than it is.
To help homeowners feel cosy instead of cramped this winter, RE/MAX of Southern Africa has compiled a list of tricks to open up smaller living spaces.
Do not shrink the furniture
Many homeowners make the mistake of placing small items of furniture to fit in the small spaces. This ends up highlighting how small the room is. Instead, homeowners should invest in one or two larger pieces, such as a couch or coffee table. It is all about creating balance in the space. Items that are too small or too large both have the effect of making the room appear even smaller.
Make the ceilings appear higher
Rooms with high ceilings tend to feel far more spacious than their low-ceiling counterparts. To trick the eye into believing the roof is further away than it is, homeowners could hang their curtains slightly higher than the windowpane - just be sure to purchase curtains that are long enough to reach the floor.
Invest in large area rugs
Rugs tend to break the area down into small blocks, which means that the bigger the rug, the bigger the floor space will appear. Instead of purchasing smaller rugs that fit in between the couch and the TV unit, for example, purchase a rug large enough to go underneath both these items.
“Interior design can only go so far,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/ MAX of Southern Africa. “Those who are feeling cramped in their homes should contact a local RE/MAX real estate professional and ask for an obligation-free valuation of their property. Homeowners may be surprised to learn the true market value of their home, and this could enable them to purchase a bigger home than they may have thought possible. If nothing else, there is no harm in fi nding out what the home could be worth should they later decide to sell.”
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