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Five Tips To Make Your Small Room Look & Live Larger

Most of us have characteristics of our home that we would like to change, and many times that includes rooms that are just not large enough. How do you effectively make a small room look and live more spacious? Here are five ways to accomplish that goal.

Whether you live in a single family home, apartment, condo or duplex, there is probably at least one room that you wish was larger. Remodelling or building an addition may not be feasable for you, particularly if you are renting the residence. Add to that the requirement of inexpensive home decor, to keep things easy on the budget. So what can be done to make a small room live and look larger?

You can give the overall appearance of more space in a room by taking some simple steps. You don't need a large budget, and some steps don't require that you spend any money at all.

The first step is to keep the walls a light color. They don't have to be stark white, although if you love that look, it's fine. There are hundreds of shades of off-whites that can add interest and warmth to a room while maintaining an overall neutral palette. When you put dark colors on the walls of a room or area, it can make the walls recede visually, and that is what you want to avoid if your goal is to make an area appear larger. The ceiling should be kept 'Ceiling White' for maximum overall lightness in the room.

Next, take a look at the floors in the room. Your goal is to have flooring that gives a light overall appearance. For example, if your room is carpeted or tiled, ideally it should be a light, neutral color. It's okay to have a small pattern or variation as long as the overall look is neutral. Wood flooring should be a honey tone or lighter. You want the ceiling and walls to flow into each other as much as possible, and avoid a stark breaking point of light to dark color.

Your third step in this strategy is to remove any unnecessary furniture from the room. If it is not critical to the function and use of the area, remove it. Let's say you are working with the living area. It currently has a sofa, wood rocker, two chairs, a floor lamp, two end tables and a cocktail table. Try this: remove the wood rocker, cocktail table and floor lamp. You have kept the most important seating in the room as well as a place for lighting and other incidentals. The extra pieces were taking up space and making the room look smaller and more crowded.

The next step in the process is to make sure you are not over-accessorizing the room. I always advise taking all accessories off of the walls, tables, etc and literally removing them from the room. You might put some of them back in the area, but start out with blank walls and furnishings. Your goal in this step is to accessorize the room to add warmth and interest, but not clutter. If you had three pictures, a mirror and a wall sculpture on the walls of this room before, try two pictures and a mirror. Keep it very simple. If there is so much going on in the room that your eyes don't have a resting point, it will seem cluttered, and that is what you want to avoid.

Finally, if at all possible, keep everything in the room to an overall neutral look, and use color sparingly and only as an accent. For example, your walls may be painted Navajo White, the ceiling is white, your floor is carpeted with an off-white Berber and your upholstered furniture is beige/light brown. You love the color red, so this is your accent color, but sparingly. On the wall is a picture with a burst of red in it. The accent pillows on the sofa have a beige/brown/gold/red pattern to them.

As you look around this room as described, you see soft, calming, neutral colors, with no stark stopping or break points between walls, ceiling, floors and furnishings. However, the room is interesting and has some drama with the addition of red as an accent color. Best of all, you now have a room that has an open, spacious look and feelArticle Submission, yet still functions well for your lifestyle.

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Candi Randolph is a Design Consultant and the author of 'Ten Simple Steps to Design Success!', an instructional guide for anyone who wants to create a beautiful home on a limited budget. For more information please visit

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