If you are a mum, you will certainly understand how important your home environment is! This is the place you are bringing up your children, and they take up a lot of space. If your home isn’t very big, then it is important to try and make it feel like it. Here are a few options to consider if you want your living space to look and feel larger.
Consider Open Plan
It is drastic, but if you are serious about making your living space feel bigger, then knocking a wall down might be a good option. The largest feeling homes have large rooms. So, a living room come dining room will feel much larger than two smaller rooms. A site like https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/open-plan-living/ can show you some examples. It might also be more practical if your children are younger, as it would be easier to keep an eye on them with fewer rooms for them to hide in!
Windows in Internal Doors
If knocking down walls is too drastic for you, then changing your internal doors is another great idea to make your living space feel bigger. Choose doors with windows instead. This will make your living space flow more, and won’t be a problem downstairs as doors are as much for privacy. This way you will get the sense of each room being part of the next, without having to remove walls. You can buy doors like these from sites such as http://georgehill-timber.co.uk/ or your local timber store.
A straight-forward way of making your home feel larger is to have a clear out. Remove any clutter from surfaces that doesn’t need to be there and only keep important items. Look at storage solutions for children’s toys, as these lying about can look untidy. Storage ideas such as those mentioned in this post will help: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/small-spaces/strategies/creative-storage-ideas-for-small-spaces. De-cluttering will make your living space feel much larger, as you are opening up your space.
Let in Some Light
Light makes a room feel much bigger than it is. So, make sure not to obscure any natural light from coming in through your windows. This includes heavy curtains which aren’t completely pulled away from your windows. Natural light is precious in order to make your living space feel large, so make sure you don’t lose any. To maximise on this, paint your rooms using light colours in particularly small rooms, rather than picking darker colours that will retract from the natural light.
French windows leading onto your outside patio never seem to go out of date and make the room they are in feel much larger. Installing these to open up in the summer will make it a lot easier to have family parties or barbecues, and will promote your kids to play outside!
Having your living space feel as large as it possibly can is important when you have a family. Kids like to have space to play in, and they deserve that! Try out a few of these ideas in your home and see what you think! Good luck!