According to last year’s census data, Australians are increasingly inclined towards living in high-density areas. For many urban dwellers this means that spacious suburban homes have been sacrificed for much smaller apartments closer to the city.
If you can’t do much about the size of your home, there are ways to create at least the illusion of space, the feeling of living in airy comfort rather than cluttered confines.
Try these tips for a home that feels spacious, even if it’s not.
Less is more
As obvious as it may sound, an excess of stuff can overwhelm a small space. “The fewer pieces that are scattered around in the space, the more clean, tidy and spacious the room will appear,” says interior designer Christian Oshiro.
First up, get rid of unnecessary possessions. If you want to tip the scales from hoarder to minimalist be ruthless, because if it isn’t useful now, chances are it never will be. And keep things you don’t use often out of sight.
Additional tip: Souvenirs and trinkets are the enemy of a minimalist existence. Large quantities of smaller items can make your home seem crowded. Replacing these with fewer, larger items will make your home seem less cluttered and more spacious.