How do you make a room look bigger? Many of us would like more space in our homes.
But even if you can’t afford a bigger property, you can easily create the illusion of more space through clever tricks.
Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud explains that one simple trick could make your rooms look more spacious in just 30 seconds.
The trick involves the clever use of lighting to create an optical illusion. “More light equals a sense of space,” Kevin told Express.co.uk.
“If you have a table lamp or a floor light, point it upwards towards the ceiling,” he explained.
“If you can get as much light as possible on to the ceiling, it turns into a giant reflector.
“This creates ambient light based on shadows, which creates a relaxing effect,” he said.
Another way to bring in more light is to clean your windows which helps to get more light in the room.
“Just wash your blinking windows. Lots of people go for months with filthy windows.
“You get 30 per cent more light through if you wash them,” advised Kevin.
Light isn’t the only tip Kevin advised for making your home bigger, however.
He also advised a clever furniture buying trick to make your rooms feel bigger and give more physical space.
“There’s been a fashion in furniture for your sofas to be enormous great leather things,” he said.
However, he said smaller sofas can be a brilliant solution for those experiencing space issues.
“What property developers do to make homes look bigger is to buy smaller furniture, and it’s a great idea.
“You can buy a 50 per cent smaller sofa and still be just as comfortable,” he said.
Last year, Kevin McCloud revealed his favourite style of property exclusively to Express.co.uk.
He said: “If Grand Designs had been about in the 1800s it would have been great and I’d have been just as happy doing it.”
However, Kevin also saw the beauty in modern homes, and said whatever the type of property, he was excited by design.
He continued: “For me it’s all good stuff – I just get excited by the built and the made stuff.
“What I’ve never liked is cheap rubbish. What I find interesting is the best stuff, the crafted stuff, is often not that much more expensive.”