Small Space, Big Impression: Using Space Wisely Key to Making Rooms Appear Larger

By Keith Loria

The latest report from the National Association of REALTORS® shows that members of the millennial generation are buying smaller homes than their parents did. In fact, for homebuyers 33 and under, 48 percent of all buyers purchased a home with 2,000 square feet or less last year. And for all buyers, the median home size was 1,900 square feet.

While some buyers are purchasing smaller homes due to financial issues, others are opting for less space because of their concern for the environment or the notion that we’re living in a world too fixated on possessions. Whatever the reason, a small space doesn’t have to be a negative thing. With the right design, furniture and color choices, one can leave a big impression in a small space. statementwall

There are a number of things homeowners can do to create space in a room and make a small room appear larger than it actually is. One great way to do this is to create a focal point by hanging one large painting in a prominent space. Keep in mind that a number of smaller prints throughout a room will make the space feel crowded because there’s too much commanding attention. (Photo courtesy of SheKnows.)

smallroomWhen it comes to choosing furniture that will make a room appear larger, it’s also important to focus on one central object. For example, a master bedroom should be all about the bed, while the dining room should have its focus on the table. Be sure to arrange the rest of the room so the focus is given to one specific area, and keep the décor throughout the rest of the space to a minimum.

Natural light can also make a room seem larger than it actually is, which is why keeping the shades up and curtains open is important for any house showing. Bright colors are also said to do wonders for small rooms. In fact, many home stagers recommend incorporating icy blues and cream colors into small spaces. On the flip side, stay away from heavy, dark colors that absorb light, making a small space seem even smaller.

If your kitchen happens to be a bit on the smaller side, use cabinets to keep things organized so that the counters remain clear. Smaller chairs or stools are good choices for smaller spaces, as are round tables. Again, focusing on natural light and color is a simple way to help the space appear larger.

In the end, remember that just because a room is small doesn’t mean it can’t be attractive and eye-catching.

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