It’s no secret that home prices have been rising in Boston and surrounding areas for quite a while now and people are finding that their money is not getting them as much house as it used to. Here are a few simple tips for getting the most out of your humble abode.
Use Walls and Ceilings
Optimize your floor space by getting as many things as possible off of it. Hang your bicycle from the wall or ceiling. Install shelves for books and other items over doorways and, if possible, in walls themselves. Use the space above your kitchen cabinets for unused appliances, empty boxes, and china sets. Take advantage of corners, which are underused and provide a lot of storage space if used properly.
Brighten Things Up
The more light you let into a room, the more spacious it will appear. If you have access to natural light, take advantage of it with sheer window curtains. If not, be sure each room is well-lit with lamps, chandeliers, and sconces. When it comes to paint, darker shades tend to impose on space. Instead opt for lighter, softer shades, using bright colors sparingly as accents.
Use Multi-Function Furniture
This is one of my favorite tips! Instead of that big wooden coffee table and bold, angular sofa, opt instead for chests, sleeper sofas, ottomans and benches with interior storage space, etc. Use collapsible, or nested endtables that can be folded or tucked away when necessary. Stick with verticle bookcases and push larger furniture pieces against the wall to avoid breaking up open space.
Take Advantage of the Outdoors
Since it’s not uncommon for many people in this area to live in a condo, you may not have the advantage of great outdoor space. If you do, keep your lawn trimmed and flowerbeds neat to avoid feeling crowded out by overgrown landscape. Expand patios and hardscapes and install a grill to extend your living area to the outdoors. If you do not have a yard, but have a balcony or deck, some of the same rules can apply. Keep it simple and uncluttered and think of it as an extension of your living space.