If you want to make a room in your home look bigger without having to tear down your walls to add extra floor area, read on.
Roughly 60 percent of Americans agree that they want to have a bigger home than the one they currently live in. But renovating your house—let alone moving to a new place—might be too big of a decision, especially if you only want to create some additional space.
Fortunately, there are alternative things you can do to make a room look bigger. And one of the easiest and most cost-effective options you have is to install windows or replace your existing windows. In this post, you’ll discover exactly how you can maximize the space that’s already available in your room by choosing the right window for your room.
But first, let’s talk about some of the things you can do now to maximize the space in your room.
Arrange your furniture
One of the most common problems we see people make is that they try to fit as much furniture as possible into their rooms to make the most out of the space they have. We get it. There are certain things we need to use every day—chairs, dressers, sofas, tables, etc. However, understand that the more items you add, the more space those items occupy.
If you want to maximize the space in your room, consider hiding items that you don’t regularly use. You can also arrange your furniture to open up more space in your room. For example, instead of keeping large pieces of furniture in the middle of your room, try moving them beside your walls so that they don’t obstruct the pathway and take up too much space.
Avoid having too many contrasting colors
Believe it or not, having different colors can affect the perceived space in your room. For example, if your desk, sofa, bed, and wall aren’t complementary, your room will look smaller. That’s because colors create boundaries.
If you want to remove boundaries in your room and make your room look bigger, avoid adding too many colorful items. Stick to two or three colors. Better yet, use color schemes that create cohesion. Matching colors help your eyes navigate a room seamlessly, creating more space and making your room look bigger than it actually is.
This might seem obvious, but if you have a lot of stuff spread around your room, it can look messy and cluttered. Cables on the floor, hanging decorations, and small ornaments spread around different parts of your room can make it look cramped.
Now, we’re not saying you have to throw them all away. Just make sure that they’re organized and they complement the colors in your room. For cables, try to bind them together or if it’s possible, go wireless.
After all, a decluttered room doesn’t only give your room more “physical” space, but also gives you a healthier well-being by freeing up some mental space.
While all the things mentioned above are great ways to make a room look bigger, there’s one important requirement you need to have first. Without it, even the biggest room in the world can look small—and that is to have proper lighting.
With proper lighting, even the smallest tweak can make a big difference. A well-lit room plays a huge role in opening up spaces in your room. Without enough lighting, shadows will fill up spaces in your room, and the darker it becomes, the smaller your room looks.
So how can you improve your room’s lighting?
By allowing as much natural light as possible to enter your room through your windows. And there’s no better type of window that can provide as much light—no matter how dark the room is—than a picture window.
Whether they’re installed in your living room, kitchen, or home office, picture windows can make your room look larger than it actually is. And because you get lots of natural lighting, it can significantly reduce the need for artificial lights during the day, helping you cut energy costs and save you more money in the long run.
However, if you have narrow walls or limited space, you might want to try single hung windows instead.
Single Hung Windows
This type of window is built for small rooms and spaces where picture windows usually won’t fit. And because they don’t use any interior or exterior space, installing them is quick and straightforward. Plus, they’re probably the most affordable type of window option out there.
Now, there are some cases where your room has limited space or the architectural design of your house is unique and using single hung windows isn’t visually practical––like a stairway, kitchen, or bathroom. In that case, your best bet is to have specialty windows.
Specialty Shape Windows
Designed and custom-made to fit your home, specialty windows are perfect for any room where regular window sizes won’t do. They can also be used to enhance your existing windows, improving their overall performance and design.
You just discovered how you can make your rooms look bigger by taking advantage of natural light. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all window; it will largely depend on your room and your needs.
Still wondering what type of window is best for your room? Let us help you find out! Just complete our FREE estimate questionnaire or call 602-455-6616. Our expert installers can answer all your questions and guide you through your window selection process.