It’s no secret that floor space in London is at a premium. Some of the world’s highest real estate prices mean many Londoners have to make do with smaller spaces than they would like. However, there are some smart ways you can make your space look bigger, by tricking the eye and by finding clever storage solutions.
1. Use light colours on the walls and ceiling
Painting the walls in light, neutral colours like white, light grey, cream, or even pale blue will make the room feel brighter and more expansive. You can use your furniture, potted plants or pieces of artwork as accent pieces, bringing dashes of bolder colour to your room.
2. Let in the outdoors
Leave your windows uncovered as much as possible to give the room depth. Retractable blinds are perfect for this, allowing you your privacy when you need it. Or you could opt for translucent white drapes. Just make sure that blinds in your bedroom are effective at blocking out light, unless you want to wake up at the crack of dawn every day!
5. Buy multi-use furniture
Need somewhere to store all those bits and bobs? Furniture with storage space inside or underneath it is ideal for those who need to make the most out of every square foot, without throwing everything away. Instead of stools or bean bags, considering buying Ottomans. If you purchase a coffee table, get one with drawers. In the bedroom, your bed will probably take up the most space in the room, meaning there’s plenty of potential storage underneath it.
6. Keep your furniture away from the walls
While pushing furniture against the walls may be an obvious way of maximising available floor space, it actually makes a room look smaller. Situating the furniture at least a few inches from the wall gives the illusion of more space. You could build a shelf console behind your sofas to give that little bit of extra display space.
7. Floor to ceiling shelving
We often fail to make full use of the vertical space available in our homes. If you have small rooms and lots of personal belongings to fill them with, turning your entire wall into shelving can really make the most of what space you do have, giving you plenty of room for your books, DVDs, photographs and so on. You can also get creative by designing your shelving in different sized boxes, like a giant puzzle.
8. Go for a few large pieces of furniture instead of lots of smaller ones
Having, for example, one large couch instead of trying to fit in a smaller one with additional chairs will actually make a room feel less cluttered. Don’t sacrifice functionality just to get more floor space; there’s no use in a living room which can’t seat enough people.
The best way to make your house feel more spacious, however, is to add more space! Many homes in the capital are suitable for a ground floor extension or loft conversion, and this adds significant value to your property too. Contact us on 020 3150 0505 for a free design consultation and discover the potential in your loft.
Landmark Lofts is part of the Landmark Group - the only group in London specialising in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments to include a Chartered Building Company (CIOB), Chartered Architectural Practice (RIBA) and to be regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Landmark Group specialises in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments.