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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Langhals

Tips for optimizing limited spaces

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

Do you have a crowded space that’s cramping your style? Have no fear — you might not have to upgrade your square footage to make a small space work for you. No matter the size of your home, there are several ways to make a tiny room feel and appear larger, from small adjustments to major projects. With these tips and tricks, you might just create additional space!

Remove Clutter: An overcrowded room can make a space feel smaller than it is. Remove any excess collections or decor from the room (or hide it behind cabinet doors or in drawers). You might even cut down on the pieces of furniture that add additional bulk to the room.

Keep Pathways Clear: Remove furniture from walkways so there is an easy way to maneuver through the room. Make sure tall furniture is against the wall and not blocking your view of the room.

Lighten Up!: Lighter, brighter colors are known to provide a more spacious and open feel. Consider painting the walls a neutral tone, like white, off-white, or cream to make the room appear larger. You might also consider updating furniture with lighter fabrics!

Go Big!: Large-scale art and other large items can make a room appear larger, if done correctly. It’s best to emphasize a few large items as opposed to many smaller items to make the space feel less crowded.

Increase Natural Light: The more natural — and artificial — light you can add to a room, the larger it will appear. Consider removing heavy dark curtains, adding light fixtures, or even adding a window or two!

Create a Focal Point: Center the furniture in the room around one piece of furniture or work of art. In the bedroom, it is most likely the bed and in the dining room, the table. Make those pieces the star of the room so the eye is drawn to them!

Include transparent materials: Utilize glass, sheer fabrics and other transparent materials for an airy, open feel. This will also allow natural light to flood the room more easily!

Add a mirror: Hang a large mirror on the wall or rest one on the floor to reflect light and make the room feel nearly double in size. Smaller mirrors can be placed on a dresser or table for a similar effect.

Emphasize vertical lines: Give the illusion of height by incorporating vertical lines. Add tall, skinny furniture, install striped wallpaper or painted lines, or hang light curtains higher than your windows to achieve this effect.

What other tricks have you done to acheive a more spacious & functional room?

For more tips and inspiration be sure to like this post, subscribe to her on social media, and follow Jennifer Langhals, Realtor with eXp Realty in Denver Colorado.

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