Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Five Ways to Make a Room Look Bigger

We live in a small (cozy!) house. 

Decorating small rooms is fun but challenging.  So what can you do to open up small spaces?

1. Use light wall colors.

Small spaces can easily turn into dark dungeons if the walls are painted in too dark of a color.  Stick with light hues to give your room a larger, more open look.

2.  Choose long window panels.


Cafe curtains or valances will cut the window short and minimize the height of your room.  Choose window panels that go from all the way to the floor to elongate your window and visually heighten the entire space. 

3.  Use mirrors.

Mirrors give a window-like illusion to small rooms, opening them up and reflecting light.

4.  Think vertically.


Opt for tall, narrow wall hangings that are vertically oriented.  These will draw the eye upward and make the room appear taller.

5.  Minimize decor and clutter.


Too much stuff--whether it be throw pillows, knick-knacks, or wall accessories--can overwhelm a small space and make it appear even more cramped.  Choose a more minimalist style for a clean and airy look.

Just these few simple steps can change the look of your small space instantly.  What are your favorite small-space tricks?

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