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Six Ideas To Make Your East York Living Space Feel Bigger

11 January 2017
Kevin Hartley

Owning an East York home doesn't mean it needs to feel cramped. Incorporate these simple designer updates into your home to give it a more open, spacious feel.

1. Crystal Clear

Help your home feel more spacious with glass. Whether you choose glass for a staircase railing, an entryway room divider or a small bathroom, using glass can be a phenomenal way to make a small space feel larger than it is. Replacing barriers with clear, frosted or textured glass will make a contemporary statement while the added flow of light helps tie your square footage into one larger room. 

2. Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

While they reflect light, they also add the illusion of depth to a room.  Make any room seem larger than it is by installing a large decorative mirror, or arrangement of several mirrors, on a wall instead of a painting.

3. Goodbye Island

Sure, in the right space, a kitchen island can add value to a home. But if your kitchen is small in the first place, you'll gain functionality and space by getting rid of it. If you have adequate storage and counter without it, then it may be time to say goodbye to your island. A small rolling cart with a butcher block or marble top will occupy a smaller footprint while providing utility and mobility.

4. Tear Down The Walls

Buyers love an open floor plan.  If you're up for it, removing barriers between several small areas is a sound investment of time and money in your home. Reconsider dividing walls between rooms (i.e. between kitchen & dining room, dining room & living room). Before you grab the sledgehammer, check in with an engineer or architect, there are often creative ways to open load-bearing walls.

5. Lighten Up

Paint is a fast and economical way to open up your small space. To make a room feel airy avoid darker shades and choose a light colour that will reflect more light. If you're planning on selling soon, you'll want contemporary neutral colours over bold personal colours. If you want that splash of colour, make one wall your accent wall, and paint the other walls in a lighter complimentary tone. If you're redoing the floors, choosing lighter coloured flooring will contribute to the feeling of a larger space.  

6. New Furniture

In the last three years, furniture showrooms and mainstream retailers have vastly expanded their selection of furniture designed specifically for smaller spaces. Furnishings designed for condos will work just as well in your bungalow or semi-detached home. Lose the big bulky sectionals and rolled armchairs. Look for chairs and bookcases with open backs, and pieces that don't meet the floor, but float above it. The negative design creates a see-through illusion of space and flow.

As anyone in East York knows, small spaces don't have to cramp your style; they offer unique design opportunities for exceptional homes and comfortable living.

Thanks for reading. Questions or ideas for a future blog? Feel free to contact me here.

Kevin Hartley, Broker is an East York Toronto based real estate agent with iPro Realty Ltd. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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