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SPACE CRUNCH

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Are you unhappy about the clutter in your home that gives it a stifling, claustrophobic vibe? Sameer Bharde tells you about a few clever ways to create more space in your abode

Does your home seem to be packed and overcrowded with things, and is it starting to feel cramped? Whether you have a large house or a tiny home, you have to make the most of the space available. And, it’s not as difficult as it may initially seem. With a little bit of imagination and our handy guide, you will be able to add some precious space to your home and perk it up at the same time.

Rejig the layout
Take a look around your room. How are you using the space? What are your priorities for your room? For instance, there is no point stocking up your kitchen if you rarely cook. You could use the cabinets in the kitchen for storage (to keep your mess out of sight). Similarly, if you love surfing through Netflix instead of flipping channels on your television, rethink your home layout. Get rid of your TV cabinet if you have no use for one. Look around and you will find things that you can move around, giving your home some much-wanted space.

Think vertical
Upward is the way to go when you don’t have much space in your room. It’s natural to stack your things side-by-side as you look for space, but often we fail to notice how much room we can create by simply going up. Do you have a closet that’s stacked to the brim? Consider installing an overhead storage rack. An adjustable shelf would do wonders! Put things that you don’t use often at the top of your closet; but before you do that, invest in a sturdy step stool so that you can reach those places when you want.

Store it right
Clutter is one of the biggest culprits that makes your home feel cramped. Too much furniture, books or even pans will make your rooms look smaller. It’s time for clever, discreet storage. Do you have a space in your home that is hard to utilise? Turn it into a closet and keep your clutter in it. A sturdy closet or boxy storage compartment can even double up as seating space.

Work your furniture
When buying readymade furniture, it’s best to choose those that come with storage space. Box-beds and coffee tables that you can use to store things in are wonderful examples of things that can add more space to your home. Similarly, you can pick furniture that can be stacked away when you don’t need it. There are plenty of options when it comes to dining tables, chairs and even beds that can simply be folded and kept away, freeing up space in your room when needed.

Decrease redundancy
Do you have space in your home that just cannot be used for anything? An awkwardly placed pillar, perhaps? Or an ill-placed wash basin that takes up more space than necessary? Think out of the box and put these areas to better use! A cabinet can be easily placed in these spaces to store extra things.

THE ILLUSION OF SPACE
If you’ve pushed the limits of your space but still feel that your home is claustrophobia-inducing (not everyone is blessed with oodles of space, right?), here’s what you can do:

Mirror it
Along with lights, adding mirrors at strategic locations in your home can push the boundaries of space. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors will increase the amount of light in a room, making it look larger.

Light it up
A well-lit space appears slightly larger than a dimly lit one, and it also cheers you up! So, keep your windows free of clutter, replace dim lights with bright ones and use translucent window panels.

Colour me white
Dark colours make you feel as if the walls are closing in on you, so choose white for walls. However, a lot of white can make your space look dull and cold. Accents with bright and lively colour contrasts will offset this.

Transparent furniture
Transparent furniture, such as a see-through chair, helps create an airy, vacant aura. Transparent furniture takes up less space and gives your room a sharp, modern feel.

Lines, lines and more lines
Lines impact how you perceive a space, and you can use lines in just about any design element. Vertical lines make a space look taller while horizontal ones make it look wider. And, diagonal lines on the floor will make your space look bigger than it is.

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