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4 Amazing Tricks For Expanding Your Small Space
We've all been there. Whether it’s a dorm room, a studio apartment or a guest bedroom, every one of us has had to deal with trying to make a small space look like it's something other than tiny. The truth is it takes a lot of creativity to get the most out of spaces that don't offer much more than elbow room. But before you give up on your apartment or consign your guest bedroom to storage duty, take another look. The key to making a small space work is finding ways to open it up visually. It can be a challenge, but with the right pieces and a bit of know-how making a small room feel larger than it actually is can be much easier than you might think, all while packing in a big sense of style.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Be Sure To Pick Furniture That Is The Right Size
When dealing with a lack of space, your first instinct might be to downsize your furniture. It seems like the best way to maximize the available room, but that isn't the case. Small furniture will actually make the room feel even smaller but filling it with furnishings that are the right scale will make it feel much larger. So instead of opting for undersized pieces, take accurate measurements to identify pieces like beds and sofas that will take up the correct amount of space. You'll be surprised by the result.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Accentuate The Height Of Your Space
Beyond the furniture, expanding a space is mostly about your ability to draw the eye around the space. So if you have high ceilings, use them! There are several ways to accentuate the vertical length of a room, but one of the best is to hang your window curtains as high as you can. Hanging them just above the window will actually dwarf the space. Hanging them at the top of your wall (or as close as you can get) will draw the eye upward, using your room's vertical space to expand the room visually.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Paint The Walls
Another way to draw the eye around the room is by bringing visual interest to your walls. Painting your walls can be a wonderful way to make a room feel more open. Avoid feature walls, and just go for it, covering the whole room. Picking a non-traditional yet neutral shade like gray or navy blue will make it feel cohesive without being boring. And don't worry about dark colors. Even a room with black walls can feel larger with pieces at the correct scale.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Art is the final piece you need to enhance your space. The great thing about art is that it can highlight the length and height of your space while adding interest to the walls. Create a long gallery wall of small to mid-sized pieces to accentuate the width of your room. Or go with one or two large pieces for a greater visual impact that brings attention to how tall the room is. Best of all, unlike furniture, using art to visually expand your space doesn't take up any actual room on the floor, leaving you more space to move around.