If since buying your home on Roatan, you have more guests visiting than expected or more people now living in your household, a cramped house can feel stifling. As a crowded home typically isn’t a happy home, how can you make your island residence feel more spacious? Here are a few tips to consider.
The first step to creating more space in your home is organizing. While it may seem like you need everything you own, chances are you don’t. Check through your belongings and when you come across items or clothing that is just collecting dust – or sand, put it in the donation box. Periodically reviewing your belongings, especially those in closets or your back room, can lead to rediscovering lots of space. Invest in simple closet, bathroom and shelf organizers to maximize space and keep clutter away.
The amount of furniture and the way it is arranged can make a room feel smaller. If a room feels cramped with what’s in it, try rearranging. Keep furniture along the walls to allow for easily traversable space in the center. The easier it is to move around a room, the more spacious it will feel.
If you have trouble making more space by rearranging, consider donating or selling some unnecessary furniture. Perhaps the side table makes the coffee table obsolete. Or maybe the potted plant in the corner is taking up space where the wine rack could go. (After all, your surrounded by lush jungle!) Prioritize what you’ve got and remove what’s unnecessary.
Lighten the Room
When you’ve minimized the contents of your room and organized, adjust the lighting. Ample light in a room will give it a more open feeling. Utilize windows to let in the sunlight and consider investing in some lamps for the evenings.
Actual light isn’t the only important thing. Choosing lighter paint colors will make your room feel less closed in. However, there is one exception: using black as a focus wall. This is when you paint the furthest wall from the door with black or very dark color of your choice to create the illusion of depth. Because the dark paint hides shadows, it can give the impression that the room is deeper than it actually is.
Expand Your Home
Sometimes going through closets and rearranging each room just doesn’t cut it. If you’re in need of some more genuine space, it might be time to expand your Roatan home. Adding on a guest suite, outdoor kitchen or expanding upward with a second floor is all completely possible. In fact, it’s as easy as calling professionals who know how to get the job done right. Treasure Island Construction has a plethora of experience finishing the exact kind of projects you’re looking for help on.