6 tips on how to make a small space appear larger

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Home Stager with Simply Staging

Appearances do matter.  At least when it comes to staging a home!  So how do we make a small space appear larger?  Follow these six tips and create a space you'd love to live in.

1.  DE-CLUTTER.
   
Nothing makes a space smaller than extra "stuff."  If you have not used it in 6 months chances are you won't be using it again.  Give it away, throw it out, get it out of your home!

2.  PAINT

Lots can be said for personal taste in choosing color but when it comes to a small space, picking the right shade really makes the difference.  See my blog about "Does Color Really Matter.." for tips on how to choose the right paint color. 
Lighter paint = bigger room.  While the are certain exceptions to this rule, keep it light.

3.  MIRRORS

Mirrors placed in a strategic place adds to the dimension of a room and creates a visual oasis.  Keep these two thoughts in mind when placing a mirror.. what its reflecting and how much its reflecting.  The size of the mirror does matter.
The general rule of thumb is that the larger the mirror the more light is allows for in a room therefore making the room appear larger.
Small and dark hallways are the best prospects for mirror placement as it instantly gives the illusion of a wider space.

4.  LIGHT

Light creates possibilities.  Never underestimate the power of windows.  If you have them, use them. Open up space by letting the natural light in.  Keep window coverings minimal and light.

5.  FLOORING

This one is simple.  While carpeting is preferred for making a room cozy, or keeping noise level down say in a condo, hardwood creates the feeling of openness.  Use a area rug for breaking up living spaces and still keeping with the illusion of a wider territory.

6.  FURNITURE

A classic example of less is more. 
Chose one piece that you cannot live without, and accentuate it with a few smaller pieces.  Do not make the mistake of trying to fit in lots of furniture as it only takes away from the room and gives the appearance of crowding.
While there are many things we should be afraid of, small spaces is not one of them.  Keep these 6 tips in mind as you look to create in a home a space that you'll love to live in.

Happy Staging.

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