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How to create an illusion of space

It’s no surprise that most home buyers are more attracted to houses with plenty of space than cramped, tiny studio apartments. But even if your own property is small, there are plenty of ways to create an illusion of space by following a few simple hints and tips. Reigate estate agent, Robert Leech says, “By using the right colours and designer tricks it’s possible to make any room look bigger and more attractive to buyers.”

The first thing to remember if you’re wanting to create an illusion of space is that light colours are your friends. Creating a white canvas immediately makes a room look bigger and more airy, but if you’re looking for something a little softer try light neutral tones, tinted whites and pastels like pale creamy yellow. Using the same colour paint on skirting boards and window frames will add to the illusion, opening up the space and fooling the eyes into seeing a larger area.

Make the most of mirrors. Designers have long used mirrors to create an illusion of space, and today there are a multitude of styles and effects to choose from. A large full length mirror is a great way to open up a room and immediately reflects light; another handy tool for making rooms feel bigger.

Use the same flooring throughout. “Having different coloured floors in each room can make smaller spaces seem cramped” says Garrett Whitelock, estate agent in London Bridge. As well as creating a slightly chaotic, mismatched effect. If each room has the same type of floor, your living space will flow much more freely and feel larger.

Hang your lighting low. Although it may seem as though low lamps will make a space seem smaller, it can actually have the opposite effect. As Lawsons and Daughters says, “Keeping lights at around eye level creates fewer shadows, which is particularly handy if you’re looking to sell during the darker Winter months. “

Don’t skimp on the curtains. Clever use of curtains and blinds can also help your rooms look bigger- use a curtain pole that extends beyond the length of the window to create an illusion of space and lighter colours also makes the room feel lighter and brighter.

Clear the clutter! One of the biggest enemies of space, clutter can make even the grandest living room feel cramped and claustrophobic. According to Wimbledon estate agent Robert Holmes, “Clutter is a sure fire way to scare potential buyers off. Very few people want to buy a house that’s full of junk, so clear away as much as you can and keep surfaces clean and tidy if you’re serious about selling.”

Following these simple tricks won’t just help you sell more quickly, it can also have a positive impact on your home’s value. You Choose Windows says, “An untidy house can make buyers drop their offers by around £8,000, so if you want to get your asking price it’s wise to be tidy!”

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