Small Space? No problem! 8 tips to make your home feel bigger - PART 1

Small Space? No problem! 8 tips to make your home feel bigger - PART 1

We’ve all been there… Tiny space, big life.  How on earth do you make your space look like real people (not ants) live in it?

Whether you just graduated from college, or you are downsizing after a divorce, or you live in say, San Francisco, where square footage comes with a HEFTY price tag, there are ways to make your space feel larger without breaking the bank.

Here is the first round of tips:

1. Draw the eye upwards in a small space, hang curtains as close to the ceiling as possible and to the floor.  Its amazing how much this opens up a room.

West Elm Crossweave Curtain

West Elm Crossweave Curtain

 

2. Mirrors reflect light and visually expand the space.  This is a tip for the books!  Make sure you scale the mirrors you purchase to the size of the room you are purchasing it for.  When in doubt, always buy a little bit bigger.  Small mirrors have little impact, and can look awkward if you place them on a large wall.  They also come in handy for self check-ups.  Post lunch teeth check after a spinach salad? Check!

Collin's Lake Dining Room

(Designer: Minhnuyet Hardy, Photographer: Mali Azima)

3. Paint the ceiling and trim the same color as the wall.  In small spaces, you want a sense of flow.  If the eye is distracted by lots of differing wall colors, it makes the room feel disjointed, and therefore broken up… and therefore smaller.

West Elm Reeve Mid-Century Dining Table

West Elm

4. Stripes elongate the room.  Vertical stripes on the walls or striped rugs are a great way to optically enlarge a room.  This may seem counterintuitive, but trust me on this one.  Not only are stripes visually appealing, but they draw the eye upward (just like long curtains) and make the room feel quite expansive.  They are also a lot of fun to decorate with.

Richmond Designer Show House

(Designer: Tobi Fairly, Photographer: Rett Peek)

 

For three more tips to make your small space feel large, stay tuned for Small Space? No problem! 8 tips to make your home feel bigger – PART 2.  As always, we are here to help!  To schedule a call, email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

May your day be filled with cheer & smart, stylish living!

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