Home Trends: The magic act: Making a small space seem bigger

Kalyn Johnson
Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily/

It’s real estate season. Whether second-home buying prospects are in the area looking for their mountain getaway or current residents are looking for a new pad, there are several elements that come into play when searching for a new home.

Home buyers can come with a wide-variety of check lists and expectations. These registered desires can be extensive and lengthy. However, the excitement of buying a home can be quickly diminished by the reality that the buyer’s budget may not suit all of their desires. Buyers are then faced with the fact that they will need to negotiate some of those expectations on their checklist.

A common way to compromise dollars in real estate shopping is to lower your square footage figures. When house shopping, it is easy to lose sight of the potential a small space can present. If you find yourself in this predicament, here are just a few of the many tricks that will allow you to achieve a larger feeling in your space without pushing your home buying budget.

Simple, yet strategic interior decorating ideas can immediately open up a room to give you that spacious appeal. Lighter colors on the walls allow more reflection of light; hence, creating an airier effect.

If you really enjoy the coziness of darker colors in your home, utilize them in your wall art, throw pillows and other accent pieces. A handsomely dark sofa can nicely accent a lightly colored room.

Opt for clean lines and a contemporary look in your furniture versus heavily stuffed, “pillowy” furniture that can take up more space. Every inch makes a difference.

Another huge effort that you can commit to in order to achieve the appearance of a bigger space is to eliminate clutter and unnecessary objects. Pick your favorite furniture and decor items and focus your design around them. Repeat this mantra to yourself: Less is more.

One of the oldest tricks in the book for misleading your eyes into thinking a room is larger is to utilize mirrors. Mirrors help the space to appear that it goes on and on infinitely.

Taking it a step further, you can make your floors look larger by having furniture pieces that take up less floor space and feature very minimal qualities. Pedestal legs, glass tabletops and appropriately arranged furniture can allow for a more open floor concept.

Less interruption amidst the flooring, horizontal levels and colors among the walls and ceiling can facilitate a nicer flow throughout the room. This ultimately allows the room to feel more spacious. So if you are home hunting this season and begin to feel discouraged by the limited space in your housing options, keep these tips in mind and consider all of the potential every space beholds.

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