When it comes to homes, everyone wants theirs to feel sizable and impressive.
Of course, designing your own home from the ground up will help make it as spacious and dynamic as you dream it to be. There are also simple home design ideas and tricks that can make it feel like you've added a few good square metres.
1. Like a river
Many people don't realise how much the traffic flow in home designs can make a difference. Traffic flow is simply the way people move through each room. If the walking path from and through each space feels natural, smooth and unobstructed, it can give it a sense of airiness and size.
Residential Designer Nita Hull suggests taking the time to figure out the the traffic paths from room to room, before examining how this flow intersects with doors and furniture. Then, begin making any rearrangements that'll help create wide spaces of uninterrupted walking paths. This might include keeping larger objects like couches and study tables up against the wall.
2. The bare minimum
It's easy for the odd magazine and bit of stationery left lying about to accumulate into piles of clutter. This can greatly tarnish the look of your space, and make it feel less spacious.
If in doubt, be as minimalist as possible. Objects that you don't use regularly and don't particularly contribute to the visual appeal of the room should be stored away. Be vigilant and do this on a habitual basis and it'll make it easy to keep your home uncluttered.
3. Who's the fairest of them all?
The more light that is reflected in a room, the more spacious it feels. Kerryn Ramsey, writing for Forbes, recommends hanging large mirrors in smaller areas as it'll not only draw the eyes up, but give an illusion of depth. Try to create a sense of symmetry to features in the room, like matching its size to a table or a couch.
Keep this in mind when considering home décor ideas and shopping for furniture.
4. Colour matters
As mentioned, the more light there is in a room, the bigger it feels. Lighter coloured rooms are great at reflecting daylight and will help to make your home feel more spacious. For instance, D'Source notes that light shades of blue on walls makes it feel cool and distant, evoking imagery of the sky or sea.
In terms of interior design ideas, matching the colour palette of your furniture and the walls will make them meld visually and also create a sense of space.