First Impressions

Often the first impression of a space can be deceiving.  Rooms with lots of vertical height and natural light appear bigger.  There is a big difference between actual square footage and visual square footage. Some very large rooms can seem quite small because of dark color selections, large scale furniture, busy patterns, and clutter.

On the other hand, small rooms can appear to be much larger with the use of a light color pallet, smaller scaled furniture, minimal  pattern, and the absence of clutter.

If you are looking to make a small room appear larger here are a few tips:

1. Take advantage of natural light. Use sheer or translucent window treatments:


Hunter Douglas

2.  Mirrors will reflect light and large scale mirrors will visually double your space:


3.  Whenever possible use all of the vertical space available.  Hang window treatments close to the ceiling, use tall bookcases and armoires.


Height = Feeling of Space

4.  Keep sofas and chairs from appearing bulky with open and/or raised legs:


Exposed Furniture Legs

5.  Glass tables visually take up less space:

img_3308Glass Tables

6.  Keep color pallet neutral as unified colors expand a space.



7.  Layer lighting to expand lighting possibilities and define spaces:


8.  Use round dining tables rather than square or rectangular as corners take up space:


Round Tables

9.  Keep collections to a minimum – stay away from small accessories as they can look cluttered:


Accessories should be larger than a grapefruit!


10.  Zero clutter:


Keep it Simple

Welcome to living large in a small space 🙂

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