Whether you’re about to embark on a renovation or you're looking for a new condo or home, space tends to be a scarce commodity, especially in Toronto. If your dream-size isn’t in the cards and you're not entirely sold on a 425-square-foot bachelor pad on street level, don't fret, there’s a few tips and tricks that can make your home appear bigger.
1. Windows, Windows, Windows: a wall of windows brightens any room and will draw your guest’s eyes out onto the landscape or skyline. Even in small living rooms, large windows can make it feel fresh and expansive. If you’re hunting for condos, make floor-to-ceiling windows a must-have.
2. Declutter the Entryway: whether you add some window-seats, built in bookshelves or cabinetry, these simple DIY designs free up space and make the entryway a lot more inviting.
3. Open Doorways: this is a simple and fairly cost-effective reno. Try making doorways as tall and wide as possible - preferably to the ceiling. Instead of removing entire walls, this is a more cost-effective way to open things up. And if you're looking for a new home, make sure tall ceilings and large doors are on your wish list.
4. Think of the Senses: if a big reno isn’t in the cards, you can make a room feel fresh and bigger if you appeal to your senses. Fill a room with music, open windows, have flowers out and use shiny surfaces to tie everything together.
5. Tiles: whether it’s in the foyer, hallway, kitchen or bathroom, if you’re thinking of redoing the floor, opt for the largest and widest tiles or hardwood you can find. This will give the appearance of a larger space without having to pull out the sledgehammer.
Toronto’s real estate options, especially for first-time homebuyers, is fairly limited when it comes to size. These tips and tricks can help you make any space feel larger. It’s all about creating the appearance of space so you and your guests get the best experience possible.
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