Visually Increase Your Home’s Square Footage

The size of your home affects its value, but there’s more to size than actual square footage. Visual space, or how large a home looks, counts too. To make each room in your house feel larger, use these helpful tips:

Use Vertical Blinds or Shutters

Replace your heavy closed draperies with vertical blinds or shutters. Blinds and shades can increase the amount of light that enters your home. They can also make your home look and feel larger. The right window coverings will make any room homey and breezy.

Place Flooring in Diagonal Pattern

Lay out your carpet or hardwood flooring in a diagonal pattern. Your room will immediately seem larger thanks to its optical illusion. It works because you face the widest part of the pattern as soon as you enter the room, tricking your eyes and brain into seeing the space larger than it actually is.

Use Larger Tiles

Always use the biggest tiles or widest planks possible. It creates a greater impression of size as you enter the room. The best vinyl tile choices are 16, 18, or 24-inch size rather than standard square foot tiles. Install them with rectified edges and minimal grout between them.

Make Flooring Consistent Throughout Your Home

Use a consistent style of flooring between all adjacent rooms in your home. It creates an impression of greater space than the actual square footage. If you need to change flooring materials, choose complementary colors.

Well-Placed Mirrors

Mirrors can make any room look larger. Angle your mirrors toward a focal point to give the illusion of depth. Mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger. Place a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors.

Clear the Clutter Off the Floor

An excellent way to make a room appear larger is to clear floor space of clutter. Install shallow shelving in walls no more than 12 inches deep for bookcases or dressers. Place a bed or seat in a recess surrounded by shelving to project the impression of a larger room.

Consulting with a specialist on home improvements is always a good idea. Get the look you want, not the look you can live with. Count on Handyman Connection of Chattanooga. We always deliver quality workmanship and superior customer service. Call us today at (423) 709-8005 for a free consultation.

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