Do more with the space you have

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When it comes to making small spaces feel more substantial, designers have all the tips and tricks to establish a greater sense of openness. Knowing these five industry secrets can go a long way in making your home look, feel and function like it has more space. 

1. Stay organized. Install built-in cabinets in areas like half-baths that can’t accommodate traditional storage. Mount hooks under cabinets to give smaller items a designated spot.

2. Downsize and improvise. Trade clunky furniture for creative alternatives without hard edges. Replace a traditional bedroom dresser with a garment rack or switch to floating desks and tables. Swap out a full-size recliner in common areas for a smaller chair with a storage ottoman. 

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3. Create the illusion. Installing the right lighting can give the illusion of abundant space. Placing a mirror across from a window reflects natural light and expands the room’s appearance. You can also trick the eye into thinking you’re in a larger space by laying the flooring at a diagonal or incorporating oversized statement pieces like floor lamps, plants, and wall art. 

4. Think multifunctional. Design your rooms to serve multiple purposes. Turn the living area into a guest room with a sleeper sofa, or tuck a desk into a corner to create an office nook. If you have multiple stories or a loft area, consider staircase storage options. Use rugs to break up the room and define the different areas. 

5. Consider your color scheme. Monochromatic palettes and light colors can make even the smallest room feel more expansive. Use varying shades of white, gray or neutral colors for wall paint and furniture. Clear accessories also give an open feel while keeping you organized.

 

Whether you have a small floor plan or a room with a non-traditional layout, you can take advantage of every square foot available by employing these design strategies.