Layered lighting, mirrors, and upward facing lights are just some tricks to enhance the appearance of space in your granny flat.

Adding a granny flat to your property can have lots of design advantages. For example, you can make use of an unused backyard, create the ideal getaway for young adults, and of course, increase the value of your home.

Our granny flat constructions are a maximum of 60 square meters, in line with zoning regulations. While such a small space might seem limiting your granny flat doesn’t have to feel crowded. Smart interior planning and a few design tricks to create the illusion of space can truly make all the difference.

One of the best ways to make a space appear bigger is with clever lighting choices.

These are some of the best lighting tricks to visually maximise your granny flat interior:

1. Layer your lights

Creating layers with lighting will visually separate different areas of your granny flat. For example, a hanging pendant lamp over a coffee table will highlight that one area, separating it from another area lit by a ceiling light.

2. Use uplights to draw the eye upwards

You could also use adjustable floor lamps angled towards the ceiling. This trick will draw the eye upward rather than sideways, giving the impression of height and space.

3. Place wall lights slightly higher than usual

The same rule applies here. Positioning wall lights higher up will draw the eye upwards, making the room appear more spacious.

4. Focus on dark corners

Rather than relying on just one source of lighting (such as ceiling lights) use multiple lighting sources (such as lamps and track lights) to illuminate each corner of your flat. If you want to make your space appear bigger avoid any spots of darkness.

5. Think minimalist and slender ceiling light fittings.

Avoid the temptation of attention-grabbing ceiling lights. Larger light fittings will visually clutter your space and make it appear more crowded.

6. Make use of mirrors.

Angle large mirrors opposite windows to reflect light throughout your flat.

7. Don’t forget about natural light!

One of the best ways to make a flat seem more spacious is to make use of natural light and air. Make sure your windows are not obstructed by tall furniture. Instead, emphasize windows by making them the centrepiece of living areas.

Extra tip: Use LED lights or other energy-saving bulbs to save on bills while using lots of creative lighting.

Smart lighting choices can maximise the feeling of space in your granny flat. The best tips include using multiple lighting sources in layers and making sure every corner of your home is lit.

At Coastal Granny Flats we are experts in designing granny flats that appear spacious and comfortable. Get in touch today to find out whether a granny flat construction is right for your home.