The 10 Most Successful Ways To Make Your Home Look Less Crowded

The 10 Most Successful Ways To Make Your Home Look Less Crowded

If you are here, then you must feel constrained by the amount of clutter in your house. Let’s face it, we’ve all been there and we all felt like the walls were closing in on us. But you can most certainly make your house look less crowded. How do you do that?

The good part is, you don’t have to be an interior designer to make a few changes in your house in order to create a perfect, cozy space without feeling crowded by the amount of clutter in your house.

Because we’ve been in the same situation as you are, we decided to help a little bit with some tips and tricks, that hopefully will transform your home in an ideal space for you and your family.

Rearrange the furniture

Sometimes, all you need is to rearrange the pieces of furniture in your home and your room will change completely.

Try to move the bigger pieces, (like the sofa, for example) to the back of the room, leaving the center and the entrances empty. By doing this, you will allow free movement in the room.

However, don’t move all the furniture too close to the wall. Space has to feel balanced out and well-put-together. One tip is to move the furniture a few inches from the wall or move some of the smaller pieces away from the wall.

Keep the house clean

I think this goes without saying: a decluttered home has to remain clean. Keeping organized is the key element in having a spacious, decluttered space.

And, because I know that becoming an organized person isn’t a simple task, we have some guides that may help you keep your home clutter-free once and for all!

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Choose a color scheme

Choosing a color scheme is a very important factor when creating a room that feels less crowded. A room can look less crowded and open when keeping in mind a good color scheme.

You may say that choosing the colors may seem complicated and a task for an interior designer. And it is true. An interior designer will always work keeping in mind the color scheme that the client chose. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.

If you want to increase the openness of the room, opt for light colors, like white or pastel colors. Avoid using bold or dark colors for the walls. This will only close up space. The light colors will reflect light and the room will look less crowded, warmer and more open.

If you are interested in more color theory and how to choose the perfect color scheme for your home, check out our article!

Painting the ceiling

Another tip for you is to paint the ceiling in a different color. By doing this, it will make the walls seem taller and the room bigger. You don’t have to go for bold colors if you don’t want to.

I know some of you are afraid of making a big change like that in your home. Just keep it classy and see what works for you.

Storage space

Storage space, storage space…and more storage space! One thing that I learned from leaving in a studio is that the storage space is the most important thing when wanting to have a decluttered space.

There are so many smart ways in which you can do that, from having a sofa with storage space underneath or investing in storage baskets or drawer dividers. You may be tempted to toss keys, purses, umbrellas, mail and so on as soon as you enter the house. Choose to put everything in place and your home will look clean and less crowded!

Play with textures and patterns

This is where the fun begins! Don’t decorate a room by making everything match. Sure, you don’t have to go crazy with the colors and the textures either.

Try to create a balanced space. In a room where everything matches, you feel the need to add more pieces that match so you will end up with a cluttered room.

One tip is to choose the piece of furniture that will stand out and then balance the space around that piece. Don’t just add the same color everywhere. After choosing the most important piece, keep the colors in the same color scheme and don’t go overboard!

Another tip is to use stripes for a rug, for example. It will make the room seem longer and more spacious.

It is important to let your eyes rest once in a while, or your room will start to feel overwhelming.

Let there be light!

The light will most certainly change the space completely. A room that has no light will automatically feel closed up and cluttered.

More light equals more open space. This is what you need. Natural light is ideal if you have the opportunity. If you don’t make sure your light is powerful enough to light up the whole room.

You can even add lamps, candles, whatever suits your design.

Opt for fewer decorations

I know, we all tend to add more and more decorations. We get excited and then we fill up the whole room with unnecessary decorations that actually make space look cluttered.

Try to build up space according to a design you already established. This is another mistake that I did. I just added more and more decorations that I liked but didn’t go at all with my design so I ended up with a crowded room.

Keep in mind the size when choosing the furniture

“The bigger the better” doesn’t work in this case. If you have a smaller room, choose the furniture according to the size. A bigger and bulkier sofa, for example, will only crowd up the room.

In contrast, a smaller one will allow maximum traffic flow around the room and it will make space look bigger and cleaner.

Other ideas

  • Divide the spaces: A divided space will give the impression of an organized space and this is exactly what you need! You can opt for smaller rugs and place them under the most important areas.
  • Hang your curtains higher: This will make your space look less crowded and taller.
  • Always hide the cords
  • Close the doors of the drawers

This is it, guys! We hope this article helped you!

How To Choose The Perfect Color Palette For Your Home

How To Choose The Perfect Color Palette For Your Home

So I bet you are in a situation where choosing the perfect color palette becomes a nightmare. Or maybe you are are looking for ways to spice things up a little bit more in your home. Either way, choosing the right colors may be tricky.

Interior designers have experience with creating spaces that are inviting for people and they know that choosing the right paint colors may change the space completely.

This process may be tricky and you may be wondering how on earth can you choose the perfect colors for your home and not regret it later?

Fortunately, you don’t have to become an experienced interior designer in order to Choose the perfect color scheme for your home. So let’s dive into it!

Start by analyzing the space

You should start by using a floor plan. It doesn’t have to be very detailed. Even a sketched-up version of it is good.

Observed how the spaces work with each other, how they communicate, how open they are and how much you can see from one room to another. This is a very important step to make every room work with others.

Also, keep in mind which is the most essential space and what do you want to emphasize with your color palette.

Use the color wheel

The color wheel was invented in 1666 by Isaac Newton and it is the concept that became the basis of color theory. Artists or designers use it in order to observe how the colors work with each other.

Firstly, we should know the types of colors and their combinations.

  • primary colors: red, yellow and blue
  • secondary colors: purple, orange, and green (these are the colors that are obtained by mixing the primary colors together)
  • tertiary colors: red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet and red-violet. These 6 colors were obtained by combining a secondary color with a primary color.

The color combinations you should know about are:

  • Complementary. This combination provides high-contrast and is obtained with 2 colors that are on opposite sides of the wheel. In this combination, the 2 colors will look brighter together.
  • Monochromatic. This combination includes the shades, the tones, and the tints of one base color. This is a more subtle combination, often used in the design.
  • Analogous. Three colors that are side by side on the color wheel create a bolder combination and can sometimes become overwhelming for the eye.

Of course, there are other combinations of colors but those are bolder and more difficult to balance in interior design.

Use the 60/30/10 rule

This is a simple rule used by many designers in their projects. Basically, this concept is meant to give balance to space when choosing the colors.

How does it work?

60% should be your dominant color. This applies to walls, sofas, rugs (basically larger pieces).

30% represents the secondary color ( or texture) and it has the role of supporting the main color. This applies to draperies, chairs, etc.

10% is the accent color. This is where the fun begins. After you established your main colors, you could use pillows, accessories, decorations or artwork to give your room and color palette some exciting accents.

Observe the outside.

The colors that work well in nature may also work as colors for your paint.
Look at your surroundings and notice how the elements blend in with each other.

Look for spaces that inspire you and create your palette based on the landscape that you love.

Pay attention and notice even the subtle colors. Take a photo and get inspired!

Keep the service spaces neutral.

What do I mean by that? Remember when I said to keep in mind the floor plan and how the spaces are connected? Here is where you can apply what you analyzed.

If you are going for bolder colors on the most important spaces, give your eyes time to rest in-between spaces. The bolder colors offer a great impact on the eye so when transitioning to another space, keep it neutral in order to enjoy what the other space has to offer next.

Keep in mind the lighting of the space.

This is one of the most important aspects of choosing the right colors for your home. The light changes the colors constantly because it reflects or deflects color. In lower light, colors appear darker and if you increase the amount of light the intensity increases as well.

Also, keep in mind that yellow light intensifies warm colors, while cool light does the opposite.

This is, guys! Choosing the perfect palette is a tricky process but if you keep in mind these ideas it may help and make your work much easier. Become creative and have fun when choosing colors!

Also, we have a full article on how to transform your home into a minimalist space so make sure to check that out if you want to declutter and make a change in your life!