From Cramped And Cluttered To Light And Airy: Simple Solutions For Your Home

 Has your home seen better days? Are you swamped by clutter or surrounded by toys, books, and boxes full of clothes and shoes? If you’re keen to open up the space and create a bright and airy home, don’t lose hope just yet. Before you throw the towel in and start looking for a bigger house, here are some simple solutions to help you maximise space at home.

Perfect paintwork
Be honest. When was the last time you got a paintbrush out and freshened up those walls? If it has been a long time since you did any decorating, now is the perfect time to bring new life to your home and make the most of the space you have available. If you’ve got dark shades or clashing colours around the house, this isn’t going to do you any favours if you’re tight for room. If you’re trying to create the illusion of brighter, larger rooms, a paint job is a great place to start. Opt for light colours and neutral shades, which will reflect light. White is an excellent choice, especially for modern homes, but if you fear it may look a little clinical, there are other options. Pale greys, duck egg blue, and sandy tones work well. If you have got white walls, you can add colour using accessories and soft furnishings.

If you’re painting walls, make sure you prepare them first. You’ll need to wipe the surface clean and use sanding paper to ensure an even finish. If you’re painting a dark wall, you may need to apply a coat of primer before the first layer of colour. When you’re choosing shades, take a range of testers home and try different shades on a wall by the window so you can see what the tones look like in natural light. Once they’ve dried, you can choose which colour you like best. Wait for the first coat to dry before you apply the next layer. Two coats may be sufficient, but you may need three if you’re putting a light colour on top of a darker shade.

Storage solutions and decluttering
Before you start looking into storage solutions, it’s a really good idea to have a clear out. It’s very easy to accumulate clutter and find every spare corner clogged up with stuff. If this scenario sounds familiar, go through every room, creating piles of items you want to keep, those you could sell, and those you want to donate to charity. Anything you don’t want or need can go a separate mound for the tip. If you do this in every room of the house, you’ll probably find that you can get rid of a lot of stuff and free up some space. If you are thinking of selling items, you can use online auction sites or have a look into car boot sales in your local area.

Once you’ve decluttered, have a think about the storage you have available. If you’ve got a loft or a basement, buy some sealable plastic boxes, fill them up with items you’re not using at the moment, and put them away. If you’ve got piles of winter coats and hats lying around, for example, you’re not going to need them during the summer months. If you don’t have a lot of storage, there are some really clever solutions out there. Think beds with drawers underneath and wardrobes with pull-out racks and shelves. If you need more storage in your reception rooms, make use of the wall space. If you don’t have room for chests and units, fit some shelves on the walls.

Making the most of the space
If your home is packed to the rafters, it’s really important to make the most of the space you have available. You may think that the walls and nooks and crannies are redundant, but they’re not. If you’ve got an area under the stairs, for example, you could box this in and create a storage cupboard, or you could make a feature of it, fit some shelves and add a desk and chair and make a handy workspace. Vertical column radiators are a fantastic option for people who want to save space in bedrooms, bathrooms, and living areas. With these stylish, sleek radiators, you can heat your home without taking up an entire wall. Having a vertical radiator will give you more flexibility when you’re planning the layout of your room. If you have open plan living spaces, for example, a kitchen-diner, consider using dividers or screens to make your room more versatile. Using a screen doesn’t take up any space, and it can help you section off areas for chilling out, cooking, eating, watching TV, and even doing work or homework.

Finishing touches
If you’re eager to turn cramped rooms into sun-drenched, spacious areas, the finishing touches are all-important. Take advantage of natural light by hanging mirrors, which will bounce the sun’s rays around the room, and give the room a fresh, clean feel by scattering some potted plants or vases filled with fresh flowers around the shelves. Avoid going overboard with decorative details, and adopt a simplistic approach when it comes to soft furnishings. Add a few cushions to the sofa, lay out a rug on the floor and opt for understated curtains or blinds.

Most of us appreciate light, open spaces, especially during the summer months when it’s warm and bright outside. If your home is cluttered and cramped, you don’t have to resign yourself to moving house just yet. There are ways of opening up spaces, finding homes for items that always seem to be in the way and giving your home that fresh, airy feel. Stick to light colors and muted shades and keep things simple when it comes to accessorising. Open the windows wide, and make use of natural light. Hang mirrors on the walls to reflect the sun’s rays, and try and keep the floors free from clutter. If you have small rooms, use innovative hidden storage to keep things out of sight and free up some space, and utilise clever design features like vertical radiators. Add plants and flowers to freshen up your home, and try your best not to be a hoarder.

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