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Monday, March 16, 2015

7 Easy Tips to Make Small Rooms Feel Big

Just because the rooms in your house are small, doesn’t mean they can’t look big. You can make any space look bigger by using these simple tricks. Transform your small rooms into an inviting, seemingly spacious home. These tips are perfect for anyone looking to sell their home

1. Lighting. It all starts with light. Lightness evokes space, while darkness constrains and hides it. So first, use all the natural light you can. Don’t block off  windows with heavy or dark curtains or furniture. Instead, frame your furniture around the windows and other appropriate lighting fixtures. A bright room always feels more airy than a dark one. Let the natural light in - open up those blinds and drapes (this is also important for photos) For your photos - have window dressing pulled back and have all the lights on! 

soapstone counter top and interesting farmhouse sink with white cabinets. Lots of natural light coming in too.

2. Color. With that same idea, use light colors in your home. Your walls, floors, and  ceilings are most important because they take up a lot of space. For maximum impact, your walls and ceiling should be a neutral, light shade that radiates light and your floors will be on the lighter side as well. A paint job on the  walls will make a world of difference and if the floors are a dark color this makes the room feel heavy, try using a large, light-colored area rug. You can use dark colors in your furnishings, but keep them minimal.

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3. Clutter. Get rid of it! For most people, this means packing up about half of the miscellaneous objects scattered around the house. It will probably look a little empty to you, but it will only look like more space. This is this process as a pre-pack and the bonus is you get a great head start and you won't be lugging all sort of extra unnecessary 'stuff' with you to the next space.

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4. Mirrors. It’s a classic trick, but it’s still around because it works. First, make sure there is a large mirror in the bathroom, which is likely the smallest room  in the house. Another mirror in the bedroom, above the dresser, is preferable.  Then, in the living room or dining room, if a mirror might work  with the space, add it. You could place one over a side table or find an artistic mirror to hang near photos. Because mirrors reflect light and images,  they create the illusion of a bigger space. mirrors are also great in an entry. But don't put one in every room, the buyers will catch on

Living room

5. Furniture. First, reduce the amount of furniture in rooms that look cluttered. Less furniture means more space. Then, look at your floor plan. You want open arrangements that don’t block off space. Boxy areas reduce traffic flow and  impede movement. By increasing flow, you can make your house look bigger. Don't get stuck on how you live in the space - think mass appeal how would this lay out work for most people and in spaces like a family room and living room think about TV placement (this is a top question that buyers ask themselves - where would I put my TV?)

Sunroom Makeover: A round fuzzy chenille rug brings color to the floor, pillows mix things up a bit with assorted textures and patterns, woven shades create soft, dappled light framed by natural oak trim, and the walls are painted in a neutral hue with yellow undertones.

6. Cleanliness. An airy, clean room will always feel bigger than dusty, stale one. So with  that in mind, do a thorough cleaning job, getting into all those overlooked  areas like corners, fans and lights, behind furniture, and the tops of shelves.  Any little carpet stains, nicks in the walls, or bits of dirt and dust will draw your eye away from the open space and into the dirty details. And open those windows and let some fresh air in, that can do wonders too

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7. Books. On bookshelves, place bigger and darker books on bottom and smaller, lighter  books on top. Its a simple trick that transfers weight to the bottom, leaving  the top more open and light. And don't over crowd them - it looks messy and it sends the message to buyers that this home is lacking in storage.

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