“To make a space look bigger, the obvious thing is to paint it with light colours,” advises George. “Getting as much natural light into a space makes a massive difference, too.”
You can also use artificial light to trick the eye into thinking a room is bigger, he adds – it’s just about careful placement and the direction of light.
“For example, a place that has relatively high ceilings, I might put uplighters around the walls. So at night you get a gentle wash of light up to the ceiling, which just lifts the quality of the space and makes it feel bigger,” George explains.
So why not add a few carefully placed lamps and wall lights to your small snug? It could make all the difference in opening it up.
P&G SAVVY TIP: keep walls and skirting boards clean and bright with Flash Magic Eraser, which quickly wipes away everything from crayon scribbles to shoe scuffs.
Build it in
If you’re contemplating built-in wardrobes for your bedroom or shelves for your living room, go for it! Integrated storage always makes a space feel bigger, says George.
“Rather than having free-standing furniture everywhere, by integrating it and designing it into the architecture of your house, it automatically feels like you’ve got less clutter and more useable space,” he says.
P&G SAVVY TIP: for a multi-tasking treat, why not add a Febreze Reeds scented oil diffuser to your chic shelving? The bottle is super-stylish, and it’ll keep your living room fragrant too!
Mirror, mirror on the wall
“Carefully positioned mirrors in certain parts of a room can make a big difference,” says George. That’s because the reflection creates the illusion of a bigger space, and bounces light around the room, too.
And it’s not all about mirrors. “There are some fantastic wallpapers out there that have a shimmer to them, and even that bounces the light around a little bit more,” says George. “So changes in texture and colour can help make a space feel bigger.” Something to think about next time you’re redecorating.
P&G SAVVY TIP: it’s not just mirrors that bounce light – keep your taps and other glass or tile surfaces limescale-free to add sparkle to your home, using Viakal Limescale Remover.
Open up the room
"If you link indoor space with outdoor space as much as possible, it automatically extends the feeling of that room,” points out George.
So if you’ve got a garden, you’ll find that floor-to-ceiling windows and patio doors make all the difference, effectively creating another room outside – particularly when you can open them wide in summer.
Or you can go a few steps further and even have the same floor finish on the patio and kitchen floor – polished concrete, for example – with no steps or thresholds.
“I did a space like this recently where it just felt like one room,” says George. “It wasn’t like bringing the outside in, it was like the house disappeared. It felt like the kitchen was in the garden, which was really cool.”
We can but dream…
For more tips on adding a feeling of space to your home, see George Clarke’s top 6 space-saving ideas.