It seems like I’ve been on lots of consultations lately where homeowners want to make the most out of their small living spaces without building an addition. Well, I’m here to tell you it’s possible with a few tips and tricks. These are the kinds of things that will make it seem like your small space is actually BIGGER than what it really is.
The common misconception is that small rooms can’t sell homes or they just aren’t functional enough to meet a family’s needs. Whether you are staging your home to sell or redecorating for the long run, you want to make the most out of your small space. Follow these simple solutions to maximize the potential in any small room!
Mirrors will be your best friend when it comes to making a room feel brighter and more spacious.
Position a mirror on the wall perpendicular to windows and or directly across from a window
Hang a mirror directly across from a blank wall (This will simply reflect a boring empty space).
The higher you hang curtains, the larger the room will feel. Hanging curtains 5-7 inches above the window casing will draw your eye up towards the ceiling as opposed to 3 inches above the window casing.
Use light sheer curtains allowing the most light into the room
Use heavy, printed curtains that block light
My clients tend to forget that in a living room, you don’t just have to use a coffee table in front of the sofa. Ottomans can act as a coffee table and can even provide additional seating! Don’t simply choose an ottoman for design purposes; there are plenty of ottomans that act as storage units to de-clutter a small living room.
Check out this cool storage ottoman from West Elm!
Floor lamps and table lamps can take up precious space in a tiny room. Consider sconces or chandeliers to brighten a space and even incorporate wall art to spruce it up!
If you are staging your home, the last thing buyers want to see are shelves with a ton of knick-knacks in a tiny room. Organize books by color (only a few) while leaving some upright and stacking others. Put decorative objects in between such as small plants, modern vases, decorative art, and plates. These tips can also apply if you’re simply decorating your home, of course.
Consider painting the walls white to create an airy feel while making the room appear larger.
Now I know to some of you, those tips and tricks were no “secret”. But I’m just here to refresh your memory on how to make the most out of your small space because yes, they seem pretty obvious, I just needed to give you that nudge. I hope this post inspired you to tackle your home and get those creative juices flowing! Happy decorating!