The obvious way to increase the square footage of your property is to build an extension; but the expense, restrictions, timescale and planning permission can often get in the way. If you feel like your walls are closing in on you, poor design might be to blame. But there are ways to make the most of what you’ve already got. A spacious home is often much more appealing to potential buyers, so we’ve put together five tips to help sellers maximise space and make their home appear more spacious.
Keep it neutral
Stick to white walls, pale carpets and light wood flooring. Keep it simple and steer away from any colours that may be dull, dark or off-putting for potential buyers.
Perfect the positioning
Use the layout to configure your furniture. Place larger pieces in straight lines against walls to maximise the open space, and avoid blocking pathways. The more floor space available the better, making the room appear larger and easy to manage.
Mirror and glass
Hanging a mirror will work wonders in any room – as do glass furnishings. Using a mirror as a room’s focal point will give the illusion of depth, reflecting both natural and artificial light; thus making the space appear larger. The use of glass furniture such as a coffee table in your lounge will also help to maintain the appearance of an open space.
Build it in
Utilise unique features such as bay windows or archways. A large windowsill taking up a significant amount of space can actually provide a storage solution. Consider installing built-in furniture such as an integrated sofa – it’s a clever technique and ensures that no space is wasted. Why not add some cabinetry or units beneath? Storage is key.
Take time to improve traffic flow
Spend some time moving around your home. If the movement makes sense (with limited obstacles), it’s looking promising. Rooms should flow smoothly from one to the other – if so, the space has been utilised properly. You might need to reconfigure some furniture pre-viewing, but adjustments to your home’s flow could be the deciding factor. Straight lines always help – neat square or oblong furnishings will help utilise the space you’ve already got.