Our homes are our safe havens, the place where we are spending more and more of our time. However, it’s important, especially in family homes, that everyone has enough space to relax and do their own thing.
If you’re finding that your home is becoming a little overcrowded and unloved, these ideas to refresh your home may help.
Bristol has the 10th largest population in the UK, so space is bound to be at a premium. When this is the case it may be worth having a rethink about the layout of your lounge. Functionality should be at the forefront of your mind when having a change around.
Where is the focal point of your room? Do you have enough seating space for the whole family to socialise together?
If you’re short on space, try moving furniture around to see what works best with the room you have. If space is still tight, try swapping free-standing cupboards for shelving, and wall-mounting the television to free up the corners. You might also want to get rid of bulky TV boxes – you can look into TV and aerial installation services in Bristol to make it happen. When you have a direct connection to an outdoor aerial, you can still enjoy your favourite shows without having appliances crowd your living space. These kinds of changes are what ultimately improves the flow of your home. With a couple of tweaks here and there, it will feel like a completely different place – and for most people, that is a good thing.
It also helps to opt for light-coloured furniture pieces and reflective surfaces that create the illusion of airiness and spaciousness. Dark furniture will only make a small space look even smaller. (It can be easier than you might think to inject a bit more brightness into your furniture though. You needn’t get rid of your beloved sofa for example – even something as simple as a new sofa cover from a company like Cover My Furniture will do the trick!)
Besides light furniture, mirrors are also effective in making a small room look larger than it is and reflecting natural and artificial light, leading to a bright, fresh-looking space.
Kitchens are another area where space can be a bit tight. Sometimes taking out a few of the overhead cupboards and installing open shelving can be enough to make the kitchen feel more spacious.
However, if the room simply doesn’t work, you could consider taking a wall out to create an open plan kitchen and living area. Partition walls are easy enough to remove as they’re not structural to the building, but always consult an expert before starting any work.
Your new kitchen space will need to be planned carefully to make sure you’ve included everything you need. There’s no point splashing out on the cost of a new kitchen to find there’s not enough storage or your appliances have been fitted in an awkward place.
If the price of creating an open plan area is too costly, or doesn’t quite work for your family, you could create more flexible living spaces with an open plan feel.
Doorways between rooms can be made more flexible with the addition of double or sliding doors. This will allow two rooms to be opened out when you are entertaining, but shut off for a cosy night in.
Keeping the same flooring and decoration between the rooms will also make the space feel more modern and open plan, despite the rooms remaining separate.
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