If you often feel claustrophobic in your own home, rest assured that it’s an understandable experience. Often, to afford to buy a home, we have to make compromises on space – with the result that tiny bedrooms and box cloakrooms are common in many homes, says the Daily Mail.

However, if buying that home in the first place financially stretched you, then adding an extension might be beyond your monetary reach. How else could you create a feeling of more spaciousness?

Put in place floor-to-ceiling shelving units

If you have a book collection so large that it would make Belle from Beauty and the Beast envious, you probably need little convincing about the appeal of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.

However, whether you use shelves for storing books or other items, top-to-bottom units can also make your ceiling look higher, says Style at Home. That’s because the units would draw eyes upwards. Furthermore, you would be able to clear clutter from the floor and so free up more space.

The light stuff – paint, that is

If many of your walls are dark and striking in colour, they might be adding to the feeling of limited space through preventing light reflecting. However, if those walls had light colours, they would let light bounce off them and so make the walls appear as though they are receding.

Light colours that could prove especially effective in paint that you coat on those walls include not only whites but also greys, yellows and creams, any of which can work in monochromatic schemes.

Create a master suite

If you have a decent-sized family who keep the home feeling pretty bustling, the household could particularly benefit from a suite featuring areas and amenities for sleeping, washing and dressing.

That’s what you would get with what is called a master suite. Furthermore, you could combine just two rooms to create a master suite, says Real Homes. Therefore, a master suite can be wonderfully space-effective despite the cost and time that can be involved in creating one.

Mirror, mirror, that helps with it all

It’s not just white paint that can reflect light to impressive effect; mirrors can do the same thing. Hence, you could place a big floor or tabletop mirror beside a window to quickly increase the room’s aesthetic scope. However, the precise placing can be crucial with a mirror; if it reflects a cornered or cluttered space, that would defeat the point of using the mirror for a more spacious look.

First glass: how windows can help, too

We have emphasised the usefulness of reflecting light, but where exactly should that light come from? Your home’s electrical lighting is, obviously, one option. However, if you are interested in lowering your carbon footprint, you could also source light from outside; yes, from the sun!

You can do that by leaving your windows uncovered – or adding more windows. Having bi fold patio doors fitted can also help, due to the particularly large and unhindered glass area that they would provide.