Having a crowded and cluttered home can be irritating to a lot of homeowners, but it’s easy to go too far in the other direction and end up with a really empty-looking house. Most people are used to seeing a lot of decorations and furniture, so guests and visiting family members might question whether or not you’ve put any effort into making your home look nice. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can quickly set up some new decorations to cover the empty spots, both in the short term and as a permanent addition to your home.
Room dividers are a great way to use up space without committing to a big change. Regular standing dividers can be good for blocking movement and sight lines across larger rooms, letting you turn one large area into two or three smaller spots. Hanging curtains can also block light without obstructing movement too much.
Inching your sofas and chairs closer together can make a room feel much smaller, especially if a lot of people will be sitting in there at once. Seating can take up a surprising amount of space if it’s arranged properly, and moving them inwards rather than against the walls also leaves room for you to walk behind them.
A rug can fill in empty floorspace without physically blocking people from moving around. It makes sense for a rug to be completely exposed, so guests will see the space as “full” even though it’s still just empty floor. Most rugs will rest perfectly on any kind of flooring, especially thicker ones.
There are certain types of indoor plants that spread out their leaves, which can be a useful way to fill up empty corners or windowsills, whereas thinner plants are good for filling gaps between seats or other pieces of furniture. They don’t necessarily have to be real: you can always buy some fake plants instead if you don’t have time to take care of them.
Posters are a cheap, quick way to cover up blank space on the wall, and are much less permanent than some other wall decorations. Some people prefer to get posters of films, games and celebrities they like, but it’s not hard to find a photo printing service if you’d prefer to get something specific printed, like a collage of family photographs or a piece of art done by a family member.
Bare windows aren’t necessarily a problem, but not having a way to cover them up can make a room feel much larger, since the area around your home is always visible. Blinds and opaque curtains let you block sight lines but still let some natural light through, and you’ll still be able to draw them back whenever you need to.