Tips for making small spaces look bigger

When it comes to a home, it’s not the size of the room that counts, but what you’re able to do with it, says regional director and chief executive of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett.

“There are several ways in which sellers can make their homes appear more spacious without having to resort to costly construction work,” he says.

“Home staging is an important part of the selling process. By decorating a room strategically to make it appear larger, you have a much better chance of securing a sale.”

He suggests removing unnecessary doors from their frames. In older homes, the various living spaces are often cordoned off into separate rooms. By simply removing a door, you can create the illusion of a more modern, open-plan living space without knocking down any walls.

Another tip is to remove single light fittings and replace these with rows of downlighting. Single light fixtures draw the eye to the centre of the room, or wherever the fixture is installed, whereas a row of downlights will draw the eye across the length of the room, making the space appear larger. Also, a well-lit room will automatically feel bigger than one filled with dark corners, Goslett says.

There are also several decorative touches you can add to make your home appear more spacious. For example, installing curtain rods closer to the ceiling than to the window frame will draw the eye upwards and give the impression of taller ceilings. Loose mats in a striped pattern will create the illusion that the floors extend forever; mirrors will reflect light and add depth to a space; and curtains in the same colour as the walls will blend in to make the wall space of the room appear larger.