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The options in choosing the house depend on different reasons why people get this or that place of living. Many people live in a small home, a small room, or just a small space. Some people live in a small apartment because that is all they can afford, and they are grateful for it. Some people live in a small apartment or home because they are tired of taking care of a bigger place and want to “downsize.” Others just do not want a large home. Small is beautiful! It is easy, and practical, too! Nevertheless, no matter what your reason for living in a small space, you will undoubtedly have to make some compromises in your decorating, get really organized, and make some adjustments to your lifestyle in order to make everything fit and not feel constrained. If you are looking for a comfortable, intimate space, you are in luck. By using soft, padded pieces, dark, warm tones, and dramatic lighting, your tiny corner can become a wonderful private space. However, if you really feel the need to stretch out in your small space, you can make some decorating changes to make the area look and feel larger without moving any walls. With color, furniture arranging, and interesting lighting, your space will not feel so cramped.

Choose Softer and Lighter Hues

Blue Hues

Blue Hues

Whereas dark, warm colors make a space feel cozy and intimate, light, cool colors make a space feel open and airy. For optimum effect, select soft tones of blues and greens. Choose colors that are in the same color family and use tone-on-tone woven upholstery fabrics, textured wall finishes, delicate tonal drapery fabrics. Cool colors and delicate warm colors on most surfaces give the room a more open look.

Open the Way

Open Way

Open way

With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and out to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you will open up the space and make it feel larger. You can also choose short pieces of furniture like an ottoman, an armless, open chair, or a low table, and place large, tall pieces along a wall rather than out in the open space. If you can see the floor, the room will look larger.

Clean the Clutter

Should Be No Clutter

Should Be No Clutter

There is nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. Work out ways to get collections out of view, organized behind doors, table skirts, or on shelves. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.

Let in the Light

Lit Your Room

Lit Your Room

Any room will look larger if it is well lit, either by natural light or artificial lighting. Get rid of heavy draperies and open up the windows to let the light of the outdoors into the space. Add more lamps or install track lighting or recesses lighting.

Coordinate Wall and Furniture Colors

Contrast Colors

Contrast Colors

Contrasting colors tend to break up a space. Pieces of furniture are less interrupting and tend to blend with the space if they are colored to match the wall color.

Reflective Surfaces

Mirror Wall

Mirror Wall

You might not like the look of a mirrored wall, but you have to admit that it always makes a room look larger. Instead, use a large framed mirror on a wall or stand an over-sized framed mirror against a wall. You will get the same room-enlarging effect as a mirrored wall, but with more style. The space and the light will be reflected for a more open feeling.

Airy and Light Fabrics

Light Fabric

Light Fabric

Sheer fabrics allow light to pass through window treatments, bed skirts, table covers, and furniture slipcovers. If you want something other than plain colors, find soft floral vines or simple stripes to keep the look simple.

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