The most surefire way to enlarge a space is, of course, to expand it. But what if you don’t have the lot size or the money to expand? There are still things you can do within the square footage you have to make our home seem bigger than it is.
A couple of these methods still involve renovation, but don’t require any additional space, since it’s all within the existing structure. If your kitchen has an island, consider removing it. Island kitchens can be fashionable, and offer more storage and counter space, but can make it harder to maneuver or make the kitchen feel cramped. Open floor plans also increased the perceived size of the property. Look for interior walls that don’t need to be there, such as between the kitchen and dining room, and think about cutting them out. Your space will look much bigger, and not only by the thickness of the wall.
If you don’t want to do anything too drastic, there are psychological effects you can take advantage of. Using see-through materials such as glass enables you to see more of your home’s square footage without necessarily being in the room. These can be glass room dividers, windows in doors, or even something as small as a glass staircase railing. Mirrors have a similar effect, reflecting the square footage behind you into your vision. Your choice of colors also matters. Painting the walls in a lighter color doesn’t change the size of the room at all, yet still makes it feel larger. You can even use lighter shades of wood flooring.