cramped but don’t want to move? There many ways to
make small seem spacious. Embracing a "less is
more" mindset is even trendy, with micro homes
attracting macro interest on social media and on TV.
your home is likely larger than a true "tiny
house," which tends to max out at 400 square feet.
But plenty of homes are less than 2,598 square feet, the
average size for houses built in 2013, according to the
U.S. Census Bureau.
are tips from top-rated interior designers, home stagers
and real estate agents for how to make the most of small
your palette: Consider neutral or light paint colors,
which reflect light and can make a room appear larger.
Using one main color alone or in a variety of shades can
create a sense of serenity. If you introduce a secondary
color, do so in small splashes.
a focal point: Keep color, pattern and materials simple,
but introduce one bold or special element, such as an
elaborate mirror, artwork or pendant light fixture.
Another way to draw the eye is to paint one wall in an
otherwise neutral room a bold or dark tone.
it simple: Choose items with simple lines and shapes.
Reduce visual clutter with a few larger pieces of
furniture rather than multiple small items. You don’t
have to stick with the typical sofa and loveseat
arrangement. Consider pairing a small couch or loveseat
with one or two chairs.
the clutter: Remove excess items from any small room,
including accessories that contribute to visual clutter.
Avoid small artwork and décor items; larger pieces can
make a space feel larger and make more of a statement.
there be light: Brighter spaces appear larger than dim
ones. Uncover windows. Don’t block views to windows
and doors; the farther you can see into a space, the
larger and more open it seems.
lighting and sconces can be a space-saving way to shed
light. In some cases, recessed lights may negate the
need for end tables and lamps. Other lighting options
include accent, track or under-cabinet fixtures.
on this: A large mirror — or gallery of smaller ones
— along the longest wall of a room can make it seem
wider. Other space-enhancing ideas: two mirrors across
from each other, a mirror across from a window, an
oversized framed mirror leaning against a wall.
out space: Consider furniture that serves multiple
functions. A headboard can double as a bookshelf. An
ottoman can provide hidden storage and work as a coffee
storage by recessing shelving into a wall, or extending
bookshelves to the ceiling. To create the illusion of
more space, paint the inside of shelves a deeper shade
than the wall color.
your bathroom: One of the best ways to make a bathroom
seem more spacious is to trade a traditional cabinet
vanity for a pedestal sink. Install a medicine cabinet
for storage. If you keep a cabinet, consider one with
legs or open shelves. Another tip: Swap your shower
curtain for a glass door or, more affordably, a clear