DIY: How to Upsize Your Cosy Home

big housePeople sometimes relate “cosy” to “small”. While it may be inaccurate, this notion has its own merit. In truth, “cosy” means a feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation, which is often found in smaller houses.

Since small spaces are now set in such a positive light, it puts one-story houses on high demand among homebuyers. Visiononehomes.com.au, a leading home builder in Perth, has been in good business for consistently putting stylishly cosy one-story homes on the market.

But for those who want to experience the feeling of grandeur without sacrificing comfort, give your homes the ultimate upsize makeover with these easy tips.

Use Light Colours

Light colours, like off-white or soft beige, are gentle on the eyes as a rule. They can roam around the room without abrupt interruptions. This feeling of continuity is what gives the illusion that you have more space than you actually do.

Put Mirrors All Over

An old trick, hanging mirrors all over the house can magically transform your house into an endless expanse. With the absence of dead-end walls, your eyes are free to pierce through everything. Even more effective are floor-to-ceiling mirrors, which multiply the effect of space.

Go with Light Furniture

Forego block or solid furniture, like big couches, as their heavy volume can significantly take up space, physically and visually. Put something lighter, like four legged tables and chairs, or glass coffee tables.

Be Generous with Windows

Installing big windows to let in natural light will make the rooms appear more open. This can be impractical due to budget constraints. Let the curtains do the trick. Warm and light-coloured curtains, like soft beige or gentle blue, especially if they’re raised high, can give the illusion of width and height.

Tidy Up

Yes, you can make your house appear bigger than it is by simply getting rid of the clutter and boxing up all the unnecessary knickknacks. With those gone, your surfaces and countertops look wide and open, and give an overall spacious effect to the entire room.

It’s funny how easy your eyes can be fooled – but also, very practical. With these basic visual tricks, you can enjoy the business of small homes while getting more. With more space, real or not, comes realhousing joy and satisfaction.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.