11 amazing ways to create a lighter, airier home space
If you want to create a lighter, airier home space but you’re not sure where to begin or what to focus on, you’ve come to the right place.
Creating a space like this can help your home to feel more spacious, give you room to breathe, and shouldn’t make you feel so cramped in. Below, there are 11 amazing ways to create a lighter, airier home space to help you.
1) Get rid of as much clutter as you can
Start by getting rid of as much clutter in the space as you can. Try not to hoard things or hold onto things that you don’t need or use. Many people do this in the hopes that they will one day use the item or find it useful, but all it does is create visual clutter.
If something isn’t beautiful or actually useful, be strict with yourself and get rid of it. Give it to charity or to a friend who will use it. You don’t need to get rid of absolutely everything, but you don’t want all of these little items dotted about to create too much clutter and spoil the illusion of an airy home space.
2) Keep your windows clean
Make sure your windows are bright and clean so that the light can shine through every day. Hiring somebody to do this every few weeks or every month could be the answer if you can’t do this yourself. Not only will it make your home look more polished overall, it’ll help to keep the natural light shining through all day.
3) Pick light colours for your walls
Picking light colors for your walls is usually the best way to go when you want to create a space that feels lighter and bigger. Just remember that if your room already receives a lot of natural light, you may be able to get away with using darker colors on the walls.
Stronger tones like grey can help to ground the space, so make your choice carefully. Of course, if you don’t want dark colors like grey and you don’t want lighter colors like white or beige, you can always go for pastels.
4) Invest in new windows
When was the last time you had your windows done? Windows last a long time as long as they are taken care of properly, but they will all need to be replaced at some point.
If it has been a while since yours have been replaced, then it could be time to look at installing new windows that let more natural light in and appear to open up the space more.
5) Invest in bifold doors
Bifold doors can make another great investment if you’re trying to find ways to lighten up your space and make it appear larger. For example, these beautiful bifold doors from Origin that open up your room to the garden, letting in so much more light and air. You’ll love how much bigger doors like this make your place feel, and won’t believe the difference that more natural light can make.
6) Pick the right window dressings
Once you have beautiful, clean windows, you need to pick the right window dressings. The right window dressings can seriously improve any home. Try selecting a light, almost sheer fabric that can hang nicely.
Remember that where the curtains fall can make a big difference to the overall appearance of your place. For example, puddling curtains on the floor often creates a cosier, more luxurious feel. Curtains just kissing the floor can work anywhere, and when they float just above the floor, it can give an even lighter feel to the place.
7) Don’t forget your texture
Just because you want to create a light and airy space doesn’t mean you should forget your texture! Texture will stop any space from looking boring and will instantly give it a cosier feel.
Add rugs, cushions, throws, layer things up, and make sure you pick different materials to add some interest. You can find inspiration all over the internet, so look on Instagram and Pinterest to get started and see what you like.
8) Use patterned tiles
Patterned tiles can make a wonderful backsplash in the kitchen, or even jazz up your bathroom floor. Anywhere that you want to use geometric prints to enhance your space can look amazing and stop your place from looking one dimensional.
It’s advisable you have a professional install the tiles if you’ve never worked with them before for the best finish, but if you’re prepared to take your time, watch lots of tutorials and learn then there’s a chance you could do a good job yourself.
9) Pick a subtle patterned wallpaper
Wallpaper is often cast aside in favor of paint, but wallpaper has one advantage that paint doesn’t – patterns. You can use paint to paint your own patterns, but this can be a lot of work and hard labor. Instead, a subtle patterned paper can give your room the texture you crave while keeping the space light.
10) Pick the right hardware
Your hardware can take your light and airy decor from drab to fab, but it all depends on the sort of atmosphere you’re trying to create. For example, rose gold hardware could look great in a bright white space, while you could add a black chandelier for an edgier look in a space full of more neutral tones like grey and beige.
11) Add a small amount of color
Can’t live without color? You can still add a small amount if you wish. Use your accessories to bring in the color you really like, and make sure you don’t overdo it. Again, find inspiration online so you know what you need to do before going gung-ho and adding in too much.
If you want to create a lighter, airier home space, the above 11 tricks can help you. You certainly don’t need to incorporate them all, but incorporating even just a handful of them could make a big difference. Have fun!
Photo by Rob Wingate