Friday, July 19, 2013

Making Small Spaces feel Larger

Even if your home is not for sale or you do not plan to sell, there are ways to make the best of what you have, and that includes making a small living space feel larger.  If you are selling, then you will want to consider making a small space feel larger so that buyers do not feel cramped.  Here are a few ways to make the best of a small space:

Get rid of clutter. A small room is going to feel even smaller if you have a lot of clutter. Try to  keep a minimalist decorating approach.
Remove all furniture that is not essential. This will depend largely on the type of room that you are dealing with. For example, a bedroom really only needs a bed and a nightstand. Your dresser can be placed in the closet if necessary, and big nightstands can be replaced with smaller versions. You can also purchase a bedframe without doors. You will still have enough room for your clothes, but it won't take up any extra space.
Paint the walls a light, neutral color. Avoid dark colors when you are painting a small room. White, cream or a light tan will make the room seem lighter and bigger.
Replace any dark upholstery or bedspreads. Once again, dark colors make the room feel smaller. Replace any dark bedspreads with lighter colors. You can change the color of dark sofas, couches, and chairs with slipcovers.
Add mirrors.  If you want to make a small room feel bigger, try adding mirrors to one wall. That will give the illusion of having more space.


Consider changing the flooring. A carpeted room can feel smaller than it actually is. Replace it with wood floors and add a small throw rug in the center. This will increase the amount of visual space in the room and it will feel bigger.
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